Animal Imitators

2003 ,    »  -   19 Comments
Ratings: 6.86/10 from 21 users.

As we hurtle towards a high-tech future where everything seems possible, a growing number of people are choosing to correct what they're convinced was nature's big mistake. They're asking, "Why be human when you know you're not."

They're pushing the boundaries of body modification and challenging nature's limits carving and covering their flesh, trying to escape their human prison, trying to free the animal within.

In a house just outside of San Diego lived a cat with another cat unlike any other cat you've ever seen. Dennis Avner was a Native American man who went by the name Cat Man, or to his friends just plain Cat. Cat's life dream was to transform himself into a tiger and he was well on the way.

He was a cat his entire life. He was always related to cats. He always had a close relationship with cats. He could walk into somebody's house that had cats and go right up to their cats and they were becoming instant friends, and that also worked with wildcats, tigers, and other animals. He had a very strong instant relationship with them.

Cat had 12 operations and his latest was the implanted metal studs just above his upper lip to hold nylon whiskers. It was taking him a half hour to put them in, and a half hour or more to take them back out. They looked great, but it was a major pain to do it very often.

Cat began transforming himself with tattoos, then with surgery. The first modification he did was the ears. They actually had been done three times, three different procedures to get to the point. The teeth were going to be done as caps, but they had ended up done as dentures because his teeth were in pretty bad shape.

And he did the implant in the bridge of his nose to change the profile to make it more catlike, and along with that he cleft the lip to make it more catlike, and there was silicone injected in his upper lip, and his cheeks, and his chin to change the shape of his face a little more, and he had to get that done in Mexico because that's illegal in the United States.

Cat had a well-paying job as a computer technician. Most of what he earned he spent on becoming more tiger-like. He really didn't want to know how much he spent on all that because it was a lot of money. He had better things to do than keep track how much he spent. He was moving forward. He didn't care about what's behind him.

But Cat wasn't transforming his body in a plastic surgery clinic. No plastic surgeon he contacted would even consider working on him. The man who was turning Cat into a Tiger works in Phoenix, but he isn't a doctor.

His background is medical device design, medical instrument manufacturing, implants manufacturing, implant design, and stuff like that. In 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records cited Steve Haworth as the most successful body modification artist in the world.

He's done probably 95% of the extreme modification that's walking around. He's modified people to look like fairies, elves, pixies, cats, and reptiles. Cat was at the extreme end of the scale. He had taken his modifications to the point that he was almost not of this world. It was so extreme and so nonhuman-like that you couldn't expect people to not be completely shocked, and floored, and in awe at what they saw.

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19 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Rob Laterson

    Average Furries.

  2. rudeboi

    Because life is not hard enough.

  3. dmxi

    people are getting more & more ashamed of being humans on this planet due to the carnage we unleash & see comfort in transforming to earthly beings whom live in harmony with their home planet,imo.

  4. Michelle

    and people think I am weird just because I love to wear women's clothing

  5. Imightberiding

    Cats. . . everywhere you look on the internet it's more cats! I've always been more of a dog person.

  6. bob

    body modification artist? aka fake plastic surgeon ? :/

  7. dewflirt

    Inspiring! Suddenly I feel so liberated - time to embrace my inner Sea Cucumber!

  8. Sea Span

    I don't understand the attraction; If I had that kind of money, I'd rather send it to help people in countries like the Congo. So much good could be done to help people in need. This seems like a very narcissist thing to do. We have way too much in this country and have forgotten what is really important. I I I me me me. gets really old.

  9. CapnCanard

    seriously? get a life... please.

  10. CapnCanard

    inspiring! Suddenly I feel so inebriated - time to embrace my inner sea Horse.

  11. CapnCanard

    I love it when you wear women's clothing...

  12. Robert Tucker Clinton

    I see someone driving a 200,000 dollar Porsche as slightly narcissistic as well, most humans have a degree of narcissism or we would probably have gone the way of the dodo long before inventing how to become one. The real problem seems to be that we irrationally demonized the act of loving ourselves and thinking we are the center of the universe and forgot the fact that we are the center of our own universe, we can expand our minds through examining other perspectives and experiences. In a way these people are fascinating individuals that, whether you agree with their lifestyle choices, do force us to see that whatever social morays are in place, there will always be challengers that make us re-evaluate, that in and of itself is a contribution to society, arguably more so than the guy driving around in a car that costs as much as a city in some areas of the world. He may look more like the "average" person, but this is just because his narcissism is fed by values that we determine are "normal".

  13. a_no_n

    actually humans have always had this affinity with animals.
    Berzerkers used to wear animal skins to try and become the animal in battle. People on American football fields painting tiger stripes on their faces are doing exactly the same thing. Caberet dancers dress up like birds of paradise. Priests of all sorts of pre-abrahamic faiths wore animal skulls. The ancient Egyptians worshipped animal headed gods.

    We aren't going to transform into anything harmonious if we ignore history.

  14. Sea Span

    I want to agree with you Robert, but this pushes my personal envelope. I do love your open mind though, that is an awesome thing to have, but there is seriously something wrong with society if they accept this as a "contribution" to society. I agree with pushing the envelope, but this does not do it in a healthy minded way. I am a tolerant person, but I know what self absorbed it when I see it.
    Narcissism is a mental illness. I am not demonizing anyone any more then I would demonize a person with dementia or schizophrenia. I know they cannot help it.
    It has nothing to do with agreeing or disagreeing with their choices; this is America and we have that freedom, it is their money and they can do as they please, it does not mean I have to see it as healthy.
    This is not about personal hygiene or taking care of ourselves; loving ones self or taking care of one self, has gone too far in some cases, this is one of them. I feel the same with people who go in for unneeded surgery (face lifts, Michael Jackson's of the world etc) to change what they look like and the same with buying a Porsche.
    It is one thing to take care of your needs and maybe a little spoiling here and there, but this is greedy, selfish, and very very sad.

  15. dmxi

    correct,but our modern 'transformers' do not indulge in religion,go bezerk or prance around on stage...which indicates a different yearning,don't you think?sign of the times that their motive differs,my humble opinion after observation!

  16. markzmen02

    be true to thyself. Who is enough of himself to judge others. hurt no one else , and all is to the individual.

  17. Sieben Stern

    I was going to be judgmental, but then I realize that like the white tiger guy, when I need to calm down or need a break I snuggle my shark plushies. ^^ I don't dress like a shark, but I have jewelry and other stuff with sharks on it.

    We all connect with animals in different ways and in different amounts. To each his own.

    Edit: waaait - that plastic surgeon... he does breast implants, so HOW is that not modifying dangerously? Silicone anyone?

  18. Hilde Marstrander

    The guy on the cover passed away in 2012, it is believed that he committed suicide.

  19. freak_girl

    I am always for self expression, I just worry about how some of this people a doing in their minds.

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