Joshua Burns, 30, from Vancouver is a professional fakir, but just breathing fire was not enough for him. The guy dreams of becoming a real dragon, and he has already spent $ 20,000 on body modifications, including scarring the skin under scales and tattoos on his eyeballs.
Burns began his transformation into a dragon at the age of 19, when he underwent surgery to split the tongue. Since then, he managed to cut off the lobes, sharpen his ears, paint his tongue purple and implant silicone “horns” into his forehead. He also spent thousands of dollars on tattoos, the largest of which took 51 hours, and wants to get new ones on his penis and gums. His girlfriend, 40-year-old Tristan Risk, fully supports his plans to continue the transformation.
Burns said: “I want to be 100 percent dragon and break all the world records for mods and tattoos. But I also want it to look pretty. I love what it is now, but every time I get a new tattoo or modification, I feel more confident and happier – and it also helps my career. “
“Obsessed” with reptiles from childhood, Burns began working at carnivals as a teenager, and then became a juggler and street performer. He sported a mohawk and body piercings as he came of age, and his parents hoped that this “alternate phase” would pass over time. But when Burns turned 18, he got his first tattoo – a dragon’s heart on his chest. And then he became friends with another juggler, whose tongue was cut, and instantly became interested in modifications. In 2009, he met a master of body modification, and for only 500 Canadian dollars, he also became the owner of the “snake” tongue.
Shortly thereafter, Burns and a friend traveled around the United States and performed at a Freak Drag Show, which inspired Burns to learn even more risky tricks. Now, in his performances, Burns breathes fire, walks on broken glass, drives nails into his nose and hangs in the air, suspended from metal hooks. And as his performances became more extreme, so did his appearance.
Between the ages of 21 and 26, Burns has done at least one tattoo or body modification every year, including a tattoo on his eyeballs, at a cost of C $ 1,000. In 2017, he also scarred his hands in the form of large scales.
Burns said that the modifications did not always work out the way he wanted. For example, when his earlobes were cut off, he wanted to give the edges a pointed shape, but in the end they turned out to be rounded. And in 2015, Burns lost one of his silicone “horns” during a trick with broken glass. “At the end of the performance, I lay face down in the glass and asked a man weighing about 90 kilograms to step on my head. My head slipped slightly, and I cut my horn on the glass, which then popped out, ”Burns said. – I had to put stitches, and I could not insert it for another 18 months, which made me very upset. I looked more like a unicorn than a dragon. “
In 2020, the artist created a YouTube channel “Burns the Dragon TV”, where he talks about his procedures and interviews other body modification lovers. Last August, he even implanted a C $ 300 chip into his arm that can be scanned with a phone and immediately go to his channel. “It can store up to 500MB of data, bitcoins, and even open doors with it,” Burns explained.
Burns’s biggest fan is his girlfriend Tristan, known by the stage name Little Miss Risk. They met backstage at a performance six years ago, and now live together in the same house with four two-meter snakes and a lizard. Although Tristan once had “one of the smallest waists in Canada” (less than 42 centimeters), the only body modification she did was a chip in her hand. However, she is 100 percent supportive of her boyfriend’s plans. “I’ve always loved dragons, so I’m all for it,” she said.
Source: – translated specially for fishki.net
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