Dallas Leading Trend Of Human Electronic Implants
Have you ever left your camera or smartphone lying around and later found that “friends” took genitalia selfies with it? If your reaction was to get an electronic implant inserted in your body to secure your phone, you must be from Dallas. The Dallas Observer notes the trend:
Ryan Mills snaps black surgical gloves on his hands and plucks a syringe off a paper-shrouded tray. Its 10-gauge needle gleams under the fluorescent lights. Hidden inside the tip is a half-inch long electronic implant.
Mills prepares for the procedure with professional quickness and ease that come with experience. He’s done more than 50 implants in 2015, here at the Skin Art Gallery tattoo parlor in Addison. Mills’ ears, stretched to accommodate platters, today are adorned with brass rings that dangle just past his jaw line. The empty, elongated lobes sway a little as he preps the table.
Anthony E., the implant’s 37-year-old recipient, eyes the syringe. His skin has been inked with tattoos, flayed and branded for aesthetic scarring and punctured with fishhooks. His tongue’s been split in two and his arms are lumped with ridges and shapes, silicon implants that he says were installed in protracted, bloody procedures. “I’m a big fan of sensation,” Anthony says. (He’s a social worker who asked we not include his last name.) “It’s not really about how extreme the sensation is. I just want to know what these things feel like.”
For someone with his advanced experience with body modification, the impending, quick jab of a needle should be simple. But this time there’s a difference — his implant will be no mere ornament. He’s receiving a radio frequency identification implant.
He hopes to use this implanted device to guard his Android. When he brings the phone close to his hand, it will induce a current in the chip, which will transmit the code that unlocks the phone. The implant itself, encased in a capsule of biosafe glass, requires no power.
Part of Anthony’s impetus today — beyond body-modding curiosity — is to guard his phone against the depredations of his friends, not hackers or thieves. “I lost my phone at the State Fair,” he says. “When my friends found it and gave it back, there were all these photos of people’s balls on it.”
His wife, Janal, who has suffered the same experience, chimes in as she watches him prep for his implant. “You can always tell whose balls are whose based on the way they’ve been modified,” she says. “Who’s got a piercing, who’s got a tattoo, who’s got a scar.”…