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Content Warning: links include photos during the surgery

A Canadian model by the name of Melynda Moon paid £250 (roughly 408 in US dollars) to have her ears surgery pointed back in August 2011. The young woman states in the article by Dailymail she had felt more like an elf since childhood and during her teenage years had used make-up to make herself look more elf-like. She was inspired to surgery change her ears after the Lord of the Ring movies came out. On her Youtube video describing the modification, Moon expanded on this and stated she can waited two years to be sure she wanted the surgery done and considering how it would effect her life.

Dailymail's coverage on this story here.

Melynda Moon’s own Youtube video on her channel describing her thoughts, feelings, and reasons for the modification.   
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(I'm going to change to a more brief format for this blog. Instead of writing whole research essays on a daily basis, I'll just post links to the news articles in question, as covered on other sites, unless if writing an essay is absolutely necessary.)

The first person in the world to become a government-recognized cyborg.
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Trigger warnings: Amputees and prostheses. Some linked articles contain the kind of ableism common in reporting on these subjects.

July: A group of students designed an amphibious prosthetic leg. Shown in the video above, it’s called the Murr-ma, and it makes it possible to swim very fast. This prosthetic has a bird-like foot for running on soft sand at a beach. It has fins on its calf area, instead of on its foot. Its fins are inspired by those of the sailfish. It has advantages over the usual kind of swim fins, which make it hard to walk on land.

Compare the prosthetic mermaid tail of Nadya Vessey. In 2009, Vessey, a swimmer who did not have legs, asked the special effects studio Weta Workshop to design it for her. Unlike costume mermaid tails, this one has the advantage of having only a supple spine down its length, so it moves more like a real dolphin tail. It’s a great example of how prosthetic limb design doesn’t have to resemble human limbs.

I could have sworn that I posted on Otherkin News about the mermaid tail of Nadya Vessey a few years ago. I remember researching the article, but it’s not in my blog archives, so I must have failed to post it. I thought that I also posted about the industrial design student Kaylene Kau’s prosthetic tentacle arm in 2010, but I can’t find that in the archives, either. (By the way, all three of these prostheses were unique prototypes that aren’t sold commercially. Years later, Vessey’s mermaid tail is still the only one of its kind.) Maybe I had doubts about these articles’ relevance to otherkin, trans-human, and trans-species topics. In the future, I think I'd rather err on the side of including such things.


Sources


Thomas Essl, “Murr-ma, the amphibious prosthetic.” http://youtu.be/Q-yFS9qrDd0 or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-yFS9qrDd0

Victoria Woollaston, “The AMPHIBIOUS prosthetic limb inspired by the world's fastest fish that enables humans to swim at 'superhuman' speeds.” 2013-08-09. Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2387961/The-AMPHIBIOUS-prosthetic-limb-inspired-worlds-fastest-fish-enables-humans-swim-superhuman-speeds.html

“Close up: A mermaid’s tail.” 2009-02-26. TVNewZealand. http://youtu.be/cDajDkWGW4c or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDajDkWGW4c

Kaylene Kau, “Prosthetic arm.” 2010-10-23. Coroflot. http://www.coroflot.com/kaylenek/PROSTHETIC-ARM?school_name=University+of+Washington,+College+of+Built+Environments&
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Trigger warnings: Spooky mirror imagery, kind of trippy, weird faces. Linked article talks about neurology.

About a year ago: This is an interactive art installation by fine art animator Karolina Sobecka, titled All the universe is full of the lives of perfect creatures. It's a mirror that juxtaposes a computer animated animal face upon the viewer's reflection. In the video above, the ghostly face is offset due to the camera angle. From the perspective of the person looking in the mirror, the animal face covers their own, like a mask. The artist's statement explains,

"A different animal appears every time a person walks in front of the mirror. The animal not only mimics the viewer's facial features, but also occasionally makes its own, uniquely animal expressions. The viewer feels compelled to in turn enact such lip licking and snarling, fully inhabiting the role; following while being followed. This project explores a mirror as an amalgamation of the self and the other, inviting inquiry into how we determine the boundary between the two."


The art piece uses the mirror as a symbol of self-reflection and imitation, to draw attention to the mental processes involved in these, particularly 'mirror neurons.' For more information, see the web-page for this piece.


As far as I know, this artwork has no explicit connection to therianthropy. Nonetheless, I include it here because of the themes of transformation through augmented reality. That topic has been dealt with before a few times in this blog.


Source


Karolina Sobecka, "All the Universe is Full of the Lives of Perfect Creatures." n.d. (The video was posted about a year ago, with no specific date shown.) Karolina Sobecka. http://www.gravitytrap.com/artwork/perfect-creatures
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Trigger warnings: None.

June 18: The House of Chimeras created a video, "History of the Therian Community: Part 1 - 1993 to 1995," shown above. The Chimeras are a multiple system that includes therianthropes and otherkin. As a personal project and labor of love, the Chimeras researched, illustrated, and narrated this documentary about the origins of the therianthrope community. It focuses only on the therianthrope community, not on otherkin, which shows the difference between those communities.

In my opinion, the Chimeras' research is solid and highly detailed, and the illustrations are communicative and beautiful. It shows that a lot of work went into this. It's good to have such an engaging educational resource for newcomers who aren't clear yet about the history of therianthropy. Thank you all for making this wonderful video, Chimeras.

- O. Scribner


Source


"History of the Therian Community: Part 1 - 1993 to 1995." 2013-06-18. http://youtu.be/H9Y-YaRS0Go or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9Y-YaRS0Go
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Trigger warnings: Voluntary surgical body modification. Links to web-pages that include photos of the gross stages of the process.

Between the mid 1990s and 2007, body modification artists began making people’s ears pointed, like those of elves. At least eight people have now had this procedure, which involves cutting, folding, and sewing the ear cartilage to the desired shape.

I’m not sure when ear pointing started, or by whom. When I wrote the previous article on Otherkin News about ear pointing, the earliest I found was in 2007.1 In an interview in 2012, Tye Olsen claimed he got his ears pointed in 2004, saying they were one of the first couple sets ever done. He doesn’t name the artist, apparently for legal reasons.2 (Odd, I thought it was legally wise to always credit an artist for their work.) Tattoo artist Katzen the Tiger Lady3 is said to have gotten her ears pointed “in the mid 1990s” by body modification artist Steve Haworth.4 (Haworth is the Guinness World Records’ “most advanced body modification artist”5 who did much of the innovative surgery on the late Stalking Cat.) I haven’t seen any clear photos of Katzen’s ears, but another ear pointing is in Haworth’s gallery.6

The artists are still exploring new techniques for ear pointing. All methods result in smaller ears, because they only work with the cartilage that’s already there. The methods that had been used by body modification artists Russ Foxx, Steve Haworth, and Brian Decker, result in an ear with a flattened pocket inside the tip. Two new methods were recently created that result in different looking pointed ears than that. Brian Decker created a new method that makes an ear with a more natural looking helix running along the tip.7 Samppa Von Cyborg created an entirely different method of reshaping the entire ear, not only pointing the tip, but also removing the lobe.8

Please correct me if I have made any errors in the above, regarding crediting artists, or finding out who created a method.

I still haven’t heard of anybody in the otherkin or therianthrope communities who have gotten ear pointing surgery.

- O. Scribner


Sources


1. O. Scribner, “Ear-pointing surgery.” 2011-04-08. Otherkin News. http://otherkin-news.livejournal.com/7821.html

2. Shannon Larratt, “Video interview with Tye Olsen.” 2012-10-04. BME: Tattoo, Piercing and Body Modification News. http://news.bme.com/2012/10/04/video-interview-with-tye-olsen/ Or:
PangaeaPiercing, “Tye’s surgically modified pointed elf ears- THE MODIFIED WORLD.” 2012-09-28. http://youtu.be/1PNR7RJCYGk

3. Steve Gilbert, ed. “Enigma interview.” Based on interviews from 1996 and 1999. http://tattoos.com/enigma.html

4. Shannon Larratt, “Full ear reshaping by Samppa.” 2012-10-4. BME. http://news.bme.com/2012/10/04/full-ear-reshaping-by-samppa/

5. Steve Haworth. http://stevehaworth.com/main/

6. Steve Haworth's gallery. http://stevehaworth.com/main/?page_id=334

7. Shannon Larratt, “Refining the ear pointing procedure.” 2013-02-14. BME. http://news.bme.com/2013/02/14/refining-the-ear-pointing-procedure

8. Shannon Larratt, “Pointing versus shaping.” 2012-10-10. BME. http://news.bme.com/2012/10/10/pointing-versus-shaping/
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Trigger warnings: Weird artistic renditions of faces, "uncanny valley."

Yahoo Japan Corp. released "Face Stealer," a free app for iOs that transposes virtual masks onto your face in real time. It shows your expressions and movements, but conceals your features with those of some other person, statue, drawing, cartoon character, or animal. You can add your own photos to make into masks. Since it's just a little iPhone app, the effect is kind of choppy and grotesque. It's still a fun glimpse at a method of transformation through technology. If you want to try it on your iPhone, get it in the App Store.

Sources )
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[Video description: live action. Illuminated by spotlight in darkness, a flying dragon circles a castle, spitting a firework. It looks pretty realistic.]

Trigger warnings: Fire, mildly spooky imagery.

Excerpt from article about this dragon on io9: “Disney World constructed a life-size, fire-breathing dragon and flew it around the Magic Kingdom.” The io9 article shows the patent illustrations for the dragon-shaped flying machine. See the DisneyDragons Tumblr blog associated with the dragon project, where they presented the performance as a hoax, complete with footprints and eggshells, which the more in-depth article by Gizmag explains was part of “a small viral marketing campaign” to promote the ultralight aircraft in question.

- O. Scribner
(Originally posted by O. Scribner (frameacloud) on Tumblr on 2012-12-16.)
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