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One of the world’s biggest tattoo festivals kicked off today and some of its weird and wonderful attendees revealed the meaning behind their modifications.

Thousands of body art fans are descending on London this weekend for The International London Tattoo Convention.

Among the crowd are some of the most tattooed and modified people in the world.

Melanie Ezechiele travelled from Italy to the UK for the festival and sports some chilling body mods.

Head-to-toe in tattoos, Melanie explained how she began inking her body in her teens and has been slowly covering herself

“I started getting tattooed when I was 16 and more heavily when I was 18.

“I work in a tattoo studio doing piercings for a living.

“Body modifications have tattoos have been a passion of mine since I was 18.

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EXTREME: Melanie Ezechiele is covered in tattoos and body modifications
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BODY MOD: Melanie has silicone implants in her hand, arranged in a shell design
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“I have an implant on my hand”


Melanie Ezechiele

“I’m now 26 so I got all these tattoos in a short amount of time.”

Melanie revealed she has a stomach-churning addition to her inked right hand.

“I have an implant on my hand.”

The shell design involved having bits of silicone implanted under her skin.

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BIZARRE: Melanie’s terrifying modifications extend to her tongue – which she’s had cut in half
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MODIFIED: Melanie is covered in piercings and has stretched her earlobes
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But the Italian’s terrifying modifications don’t stop there.

“I also have my tongue split – I got that when I was 19.”

Tongue splitting involves cutting the tongue centrally from its tip to as far back as the underside base, forking the end.

Earlier this year, tongue splitting was found illegal by the Court of Appeal in March this year when the cosmetic procedure is performed by a body modification practitioner.

According to Royal College of Surgeons of England, doctors have “seen some horrific consequences of these procedures” which can result in severe loss of blood, nerve damage and difficulty breathing.

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INKED: The convention is attended by some of the most heavily tattooed people in the world
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CONVENTION: Thousands will descend on the festival this weekend
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The convention allows tattoo fanatics the opportunity to get inked by artists from all over the world.

Dawn is getting a design tattooed on her back today.

The 59-year-old already has one tattoo on her finger and another “in a private area”.

She said: “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years and I’m being a bit rebellious at the moment.”

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The convention welcomes 400 handpicked, pioneering tattoo artists from studios around the world to show off their work and compete in inking competitions.

Patrick had travelled from Minnesota, US to get a full body tattoo finished this weekend.

His “masterpiece” took a pain-staking 280 hours to finish.

“I got this tattoo in Paris. It took 14 months and 280 hours to complete,” he said.

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‘MASTERPIECE’: Patrick is having his full body ‘suit’ completed this weekend
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ARTISTS: 400 handpicked tattoo artists are attending the festival
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“It’ll be finished tomorrow with blacking out the rest of my arm, then I’ll be complete.

“I’ll be competing in the competition for bodysuits.

“I found an artist that I respected and loved his work and he told me he could make me a masterpiece if I gave him my trust so that’s what I did.”

Legendary artist, Mark Mahoney who has inked high-profile clients from David Beckham to Johnny Depp at this LA studio, will be joining the distinguished judging panel at the weekend’s tattoo competitions.

The International London Tattoo Convention is on from September 28 to 30 at Tobacco Dock, London.



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