It’s safe to say most of us will get a tattoo or piercing of some kind during our lifetime. It’s quite rare to find someone who hasn’t had some sort of body modification. On the extreme though, there are those who fully embrace this lifestyle, inking their skin and getting as many piercings as they can. 23-year-old Amber Luke from Australia has spent over $10,000 on body modification procedures.
Luke, who works as a body piercer, is completely unrecognizable from the woman before her tattoos and piercings. She claims to have had over 50 tattoos. She’s had her eyeballs inked; ear lobes stretched and tongue split.
She knows her appearance isn’t to everyone’s liking; she’s comfortable in her own skin. “I’m absolutely in love with my image,” she said.
Explaining the meaning behind her nickname, Amber said: “I got the name ‘Blue Eyed White Dragon’ from my friends, they call me that because I resemble a dragon with my eyes and tongue.”
She had this to say about her former self which she posted on Instagram: “I see myself as very plain looking when looking at before, and after photos, I hated the way I used to look. I was boring.”
Luke got her first tattoo when she was 16. She became addicted soon after. “As soon as I turned 16, I was inspired by those around me to get tattooed. I craved to know what the feeling was like.
“I developed an addiction at 16 years of age. By the time I hit 18, I already had three tattoos. And when I turned 18, I decided to get my first big piece.
“Now, I have over 50 tattoos, I haven’t been able to count all of them.”
Having her eyeballs inked came with the serious risk of going permanently blind. “The procedure for getting my eyes done was only 40 minutes,” she said. “It was very intense and very painful. My eyes got held open while a syringe was injected into my eye four times per eye. I was blind for three weeks.”
Having her tongue split wasn’t a walk in the park either. “My tongue split was very uncomfortable as well; I wasn’t able to speak or eat for a week afterwards.”
Despite her extreme appearance, Luke has received a lot of support from family and friends. “My friends have all been very supportive of my modifications, and my mum has been my biggest supporter since day one.
“My mum cried when she found out that I tattooed my eyeballs, but then she came around.”
Luke says that not everyone has been supportive of her choices. “I have plenty of people who try to bring me down because of the choices I’ve made to my body, but that’s just it; it’s my body.
“I also have a lot of positivity surrounding my image. People are often fascinated rather discriminatory towards me.”
She isn’t done modifying her looks: “I plan on sharpening my two fang teeth into vampire teeth.
“I’m planning on getting tattooed tomorrow actually, getting more on my right leg.
Though she’s had numerous procedures done, there is a line she won’t cross. “I draw the line with body modifications when it comes to implants in the skin. I was going to get horns implanted but changed my mind as I don’t think I would suit it.”
While she’s a strong advocate for body modification, Luke does offer this warning to those considering entering this lifestyle: “You must find an artist that you can trust and bond with,” she said.
“Same goes for tattooing; you must do your research before getting anything done, make sure you sit on the decision for a while before acting on it.”
Though her appearance might not be to your tastes, Luke’s happy with herself. That’s all that matters.