Don’t do anything abnormal, dear!
Now don’t panic, readers. Appearances can be deceiving. I know it LOOKS like these folks have hooks piercing their skin, but in reality…
Oh, sorry. It turns out that IS what’s going on here.
“Bye Brenda, you have fun with your friends at the tattoo convention, and be careful!”
“Oh Ma, don’t worry! Before I let them touch me with a needle, I’ll make sure I’ve got razor-sharp steel hooks through my skin, so the ink won’t run all over.”
“Of course dear, but with that swine flu going around you can’t be too careful.”
“Jeez, Ma, it’s just hooks and cables and needles and ink! And besides, it’s COLOMBIA, for Lord’s sake, one of the safest places on earth!”
“I know, just remember to look your best, in case you meet a nice young man at the convention!”
A man is suspended on hooks pierced through his skin during International Tattoo Convention in Bogota, August 16, 2009.
A woman has her chest tattooed as hooks are pierced through her skin during the convention.
REUTERS photos by Fredy Builes