In their perpetual pursuit to “out-weird” the rest of the world, the Japanese have resorted to perhaps the stupidest body mod fad of all-time.
No, those kids up there in the photo aren’t suffering from progressed brain tumors. Rather, they are bagelheads: people who modify their body so that it looks like a giant bagel is growing out of their skin.
The look is accomplished through the use of a saline solution drip, which is injected at your local tattoo/piercing shop by a professional piercer. The injection causes massive swelling, which can then be molded and pressed into the shape of your choosing.
Naturally, the Japanese chose the logical shape of a bagel.
Apparently, if a skin-shaped bagel isn’t enough for you, you can add food dye to give color to your bump. So, with a few dots of black food coloring, I guess you could easily transform your plain old bagelhead into a much more delicious cinnamon raisin.
Thankfully, the bagels only last for one night before your body gobbles up the saline solution and your skin returns to normal. Still, possible side effects include headache, infection, stretched skin, the inability to wear a hat and getting laughed at by everyone who looks at you.