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Vancouver body modification artist attempts record for most piercings

Warning: Story includes graphic images of body modification.

A Vancouver body-modification artist is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for most surgical needle piercings in one session.

Russ Foxx says he hopes to make history Sunday by performing 10,000 surgical needle-piercings on friend Matthew Menczyk, who goes by the nickname Can Can.

“My strategy is to cram the needles as close together as close as I can,” Foxx told Metro. “I’m going to start with the least painful parts of his body and try to do as much as I can there until I run out space.”

Foxx will be performing the piercings around noon at Wicked Tattoos and Piercings in Maple Ridge, B.C. He expects the stunt to take about nine hours, which will require Foxx to pierce Menczyk’s skin once every three seconds.

“We’ve bit off a lot here,” Foxx said. “It’s a big challenge.”

Menczyk, who is from Regina, said he will be undergoing the piercings without the help of painkillers. But he isn’t too worried about pain, he said.

Already tattooed from head to toe, Menczyk said he has a high tolerance for pain and has had the whites of his eyeballs tattooed, as well as a “slit neck” from scarification, a form of permanent body modification.

 Matthew Menczyk, who had the whites of his eyeballs tattooed red, will be undergoing 10,000 piercings in an attempt to break the world record on Sunday.

Matthew Menczyk, who had the whites of his eyeballs tattooed red, will be undergoing 10,000 piercings in an attempt to break the world record on Sunday.

Menczyk said he approached Foxx with the idea of attempting to break the record.

“I just think I want to be remembered for something in my life,” he said. “I surround myself in a community of tattooed and modified people, so I feel like I have to excel every time I do something. It’s got to be something bigger and something better.”

Foxx said the current Guinness World Record is 3,900 surgical needle piercings in seven hours and 46 minutes, set in July 2011 in a Texas body modification studio.

“We decided to not just beat (the record),” said Foxx. “We’re going to destroy it.”

As part of the stunt, Foxx said he is teaming up with the Directions Youth Services Centre to help bring support to at-risk youth in Vancouver.

He said the 24-hour drop-in centre is in desperate need of personal hygiene supplies, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shampoo, soap and socks.

Foxx encouraged people to drop off goods at the Family Services of Greater Vancouver office or at Direction Youth Services Centre.