Interviewer: Do you identify as a male, or a female, or somewhere in-between, or not-at-all?
Alves: I define myself as…unique. And special. I don’t want to be like an average person.
One of the topics I follow in the news is body modification. Back in the Nineties, many of these stories focused on mods that reflected “Modern Primitive” and even sort of “Goth” aesthetics…extreme piercings, cuttings, implanting horns, etc. The classic text regarding this subculture was the 1989 RE/Search book Modern Primitives.
Today…the quest to expand the limits of body modding has sort of blended with the reality show plastic surgery vibe, most exemplified by the “living doll” phenomenon: the Human Barbie Doll, and the Human Ken Doll.