by Elke Mermis
Well, everyone, the bar just got a little lower.
Ke$ha -- singer, pop star, professional dirty girl -- has added a gold tooth to her already-classy get-up. This got us thinking: what other body modifications would be fitting to add to artists' aesthetics? Here's a list of five body modifications, and who should get 'em.
Ear shaping (otherwise known as "elfing"): folk singer and harpist Joanna Newsom.
So, Joanna Newsom's shitck may not harp (ha, harp) on faeries and elves and the like, but her whimsical, woodland aesthetic speaks to a sort of earth-mother consciousness, no? Folky-druid overtones, arcane language...we're guessing that elfing isn't out of the question, either.
Eyeball tattooing: the one and only Lil Wayne.
Lil Wayne is already tattooed from head to toe. And isn't eyeball tattooing a new prison trend, anyway? Since Weezy is already locked up in Rikers as we speak, I'm voting green -- like cash (and Lil Wayne's label, Young Money), and weed (his muse).
Tounge splitting. Well...Ke$ha.
For an artist whose promo photos seem to revolve around her mouth (more specifically, with two splayed fingers around her mouth, and her tongue out), this seems like a way to mix things up a bit. Right-o, Ke$ha?
Blacklight tattoos: the most famous exhibitionist of them all, Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga has already demonstrated that she's not shy when it comes to ink. She recently got a tattoo of a unicorn on her thigh, she's got a Rilke quote on her arm, and Miami Ink's Kat Von D finished up a tattoo on her lower back. We're proposing that the next step be a blacklight tattoo. After all, Gaga is all about her stage show -- what would be cooler than having the singer light up in neon, from inside her skin?
Vajazzled. Goddammit, it's Ke$ha.
We just can't think of anyone more va-jazzy than Ke$ha to rock these studs in her nether-regions. (Ugh. That sentence just made me gag.) Seriously, though, if you're considering getting this done, just remember that you're joining these ranks.