Cutting Scarification

It’s already been well established that Hello Kitty fanatics are, to put it diplomatically, fanatical. In being so, they go far beyond what most of us normal people would consider, for lack of a better word, sane. Usually this merely means buying lots of useless Hello Kitty crap, but apparently some are willing to go to painful lengths for the evil feline:

Hello Kitty scarification

Of course, I have fallen once again into the classic Hello Kitty Hell trap of believing that it couldn’t get any worse than the Hello Kitty tattoos for body modification. I never learn…it always gets worse. Apparently true Hello Kitty devotion means splitting you skin open to permanently scar Hello Kitty’s image into your skin. Again, I hope this person really wanted Hello Mimmy (Hello Kitty’s sister) and not Hello Kitty on her arm (it still bothers me that I know the difference) because it doesn’t look like those scars will be coming off once the cuts have healed…

Sent in by Morgan (via modblog) who should have to suffer the same treatment for thinking it was – in any way, shape or form – a good idea to bring this to my attention.

95 thoughts on “Cutting Scarification

  1. ok tattoos are bad enough. but stylist cutting? that is just taking it too far. this would be disturbing even if it wasn’t HK!
    you hear me darlene?! scary even IF NOT hello kitty!!!

  2. I love the whole cutting thing. My boyfriend and I plan to get matching scars done. I love the look of scars, but not tatoos, the coloring looks strange to me, but hello kitty just ruins it all. Come on, you could pick something better than a cat to scar on your flesh.
    Of all the scars you could put on your body, why hk? She’s so meaningless, well at least to me, it’s good to believe in something, and if it’s an imaginary cat why not scar what means the most to you on your flesh.
    I still don’t think hk should be that sacred to anyone, but if it’s all ya got then it’s better to believe in that than nothing.
    Can’t wait to read how darlene’s going to defend this one! Lol.

  3. Personally, I don’t think this is defensible. k, it’s nothing personal, but I somehow see it as a form of self-harming.
    And for the HK fans, if HK is such anavatar of love ane peace as you claim, she wouldn’t want you to mutilate yourself.

  4. I’m just a twisted person. Ovoiously whoever got this mutilation done is strange too. Like us said earlier I REALY like the look of scars and in my warped mind it’s worth a little pain, well probbly a lot of pain.

  5. You are so totally biased. The problem isn’t Hello Kitty, but that you present a totally one-sided view of her. You only post the extreme things so that everyone that doesn’t know better thinks that this is only the Hello Kitty out there. Why don’t you show all the cute plush and pens and key chains that are out there. By giving only extreme examples, you warp everything just to make yourself look good and try to influence people that don’t know a lot about Hello Kitty. It’s disgusting that you do this instead of being fair like you should be.

    You may think you’re all high and mighty because of your distortions, but everyone can see through what you’re trying to do. I challenge you to be a decent person and represent Hello Kitty exactly like everyone who loves her wants you to represent her. If you can’t be fair, then you should stop blogging because it has no meaning.

    I know you will refuse my challenge because you are a mean and unsympathetic man who is only looking to become popular off of the popularity of Hello Kitty. But by refusing, you show that I’m right and everyone will know the truth.

  6. k, as I said, nothing personal. My mind is not so much warped as actively bent, just not in that direction!

    Darlene, just when I thought you couldn’t get any more self-centred, you do! For the record, I read this site exactly because it does the extreme stuff, and not cute plushes and the like!
    I’ve already challenged you, some 2 months back, to supply independant examples of the positive side of HK you claim exists, and you haven’t.

    Mr HKH, can we do a deal. As, when, and if Darlene meets my challenge, then, and only then, will you meet her’s?

  7. Oh, my. I am shocked, and then shocked that I was shocked. I feel so bourgeois and suburban now. K, I respect your right to do what you want with your body, but this squicks me.

    If one is going to gouge huge scars into ones’ person, I’d prefer that it be for some reason of deep cultural significance. There are tribes in Africa, I understand, that use ritual scarring to demonstrate the strength of their bonds to other members of their community. That is OK. If anyone is trying to establish that depth of connection with Hello Kitty, it ain’t going to happen. She’s a hollow shell, a consumer product cooked up some time in the 1970s. There is no depth there with which to connect.

  8. I’ve seen photos of a girl that had a scarification done on her back to look like bamboos and I know another girl that made scarification stars on her back… I admit that they look both good and strange…
    Good because the result has a a kind of beauty and it is kind of appealing and strange because they’re scars and it must have been really painful…
    I would never do something like that though I respect who does bt only those that do it with meaning… not a Hello Kitty!

  9. Darlene: ”I know you will refuse my challenge because you are a mean and unsympathetic man who is only looking to become popular off of the popularity of Hello Kitty. But by refusing, you show that I’m right and everyone will know the truth.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA this girl cracks me up a little more each day :’D

    Kitteh!: ”And for the HK fans, if HK is such anavatar of love ane peace as you claim, she wouldn’t want you to mutilate yourself.”
    I agree!! But the hello kitty fanatic mind seems to be incomprehensible xD

  10. haha. when i had surgery a few months ago [an appendectomy], I wanted a really sweet intense scar. I jokingly asked my surgeon to make it look like hellokitty and he just busted out laughing. ha. needless to say, i got stuck with three little lame lines.

  11. As dumb as that seems- the only thing i have to comment on is that the image is probably a mirror image shot. Like when a mac book takes a snap. Just judging by the shape of things…

  12. The work my boyfriend and I are going to get done is, an heartfealt, symbol of love. The way we see it, a mariage can be undone, and Scarification is more meaningful to us than mariage cuz it can’t be taken back and is a more dificult decision because it can never be undone. Even though few if any people understand so I don’t know why I bother trying to explain it.

  13. I like it but not as scarification.(The kitty part I like) When I was a kid I used to cut myself (I guess it was my own form of scarification, on the backside of my hand, which I wanted to write out something but it hurt so much that I only did one letter.. but when it was all healed it looked like a cross x.X) Seeing this makes me cringe to think of how much blood she had to lose. I still have my scars to haunt me and be a remainder of how stupid I was when I was young. xD

  14. i love scarification (i do not love this). scarification is beautiful in my eyes. i would much rather get a scar than a tattoo. in fact i’m planning to, right on my shoulderblade. :0)

    the fact that someone would carve hello kitty into their skin is more than a little weird, however!

  15. Christine – “i love scarification (i do not love this). scarification is beautiful in my eyes. i would much rather get a scar than a tattoo”
    I completely agree,
    Only I’d rather not say where I’m planning to get mine done. I think that tells where though.

  16. K: I understand you! A scarification is indeed something permanent and that you cannot hide… making it a symbol of your love is very deep and I admire you both for sharing this feeling 🙂 I just wouldn’t do it myself because it hurts too much… but this comes from the person that hates needles (taking blood for me is torture) 😀 lol
    Let me know how it goes for you 🙂

  17. Darlene, ever thought of getting yourself committed? cause i think you just may need more help than the person who scarred the HK picture onto their skin. get yourself checked out…there’s somethign wrong with the head of yours…
    we already know about the cute fuzzy hk stuff out there. this website IS HELLO KITTY HELL. so ofcourse he’s goign to show how extreme people get in terms of hello kitty. come on nowww!! grow a brain!! hk would want u to do that!!

    and as for the picture…that is beyond idiotic. ok i like hello kitty but to some extent. inflicting pain on the body and cutting yourself to scar a picture..there’s soemthing wrong with that!

  18. That’s disturbing. I mean, carve Hello Kitty/Mimmy into her arm?? That’s… creepy. Seriously, I’m going to have nightmares about this.

  19. Eva: Kitty-chan wears her bow on the left ear, Mimi on her right. Unless this is a mirror image I, too, hope this person wanted Mimi if not, someone fuct up.

    BTW, this is FUCT. I’m thinking some odd following is building where it’s a rite of passage to get on your site as if that makes their devotion even more powerful… I may have to stop collecting Hello Kitty things just to not be associated with these people… yeesh.

  20. In Response to DARLENE…
    I am a hello kitty fan… in fact im wearing a hello kitty sweater, socks and earings right now. and actually I love this hellokittyhell site! I dont think it was intended for hello kitty lovers at all so i think you shouldn’t be complaining or telling the writer to change his opinion. If you think he is displatying hello kitty in the wrong way, then your right. But he isn’t trying to display her in a good way! dont you get it? DUH!…

    if you dont like what he says dont look at the site. end point!

  21. That is beyond disturbing. I shudder to think how much that must have hurt!

    And darlene, shut up, will you? You’re making less and less sense with every comment.

  22. Absinth – hopefully I’ll be getting it done in December but it’s not for sure. But I will post the results here for ya. I need my boyfriend here to do the scaring and I don’t get to see him very often, we live in different states. So I might be getting it done in early ’08.

  23. Dear Darlene;
    then why dont you make a website for the hello kitty pens and plushies.
    and leave hello kitty hell for the extreme hello kitty- for the non hello kitty fans to have a small laugh at.

  24. just shut up Darlene, this site’s called hellokittyhell.com
    what’s your problem?
    ugh!!

    btw, that thing’s not photoshopped? really?

  25. i just found this site and i love it! i’ve personally had a long history with kitty-chan, going from unending love to… ended love. my husband is grateful that i outgrew that stage.

    i was an employee of a sanrio store for quite a long time (as well as being one of it’s #1 patrons.) your entry about kitty fetishes reminded me of one of my favorite stories from my time there. shortly before i started there, there was a guy who worked there who’d borrow the kitty costume (complete w/ pink shoes, frilly pants, pink polka dot dress and gigantic kitty head) and use it for various exploits not endorsed by sanrio. he confessed to everything and then was fired, but i’m sure to him it was worth it.

  26. scary… very scary…

    and one person even commented (in the original blog post) that it’s cute… not thinking of the scariness and pain >_<;

  27. No. Never. I’ll just keep buying the stickers, thanks. D:

    K: I kinda get what you mean, I think. My husband and I were thinking of getting each other’s name tattooed on our ring fingers.

  28. This is disturbing. It makes a subject as serious as Self Injury/cutting seem cool or stylish to some. There are many who struggle with SI, and it is a situation that people don’t feel ok going public with or even obtaining help to cope with it. Seeing this may cause someone to believe that injuring themselves is not a problem, as long as you make it into something cute, instead of random slashes in a hidden spot.

    This saddens me … how many teenage girls (and others) are going to see this and be even more confused.

  29. Concerned, I think that’s the main thrust of the comments. If you are even thinking about doing something like this, think long, hard, and carefully before doing it.

  30. The whole self mutilation thing is sick and disturbing. Anyone willing to slice themselves open and purposely scar themselves forever has some very serious psychological problems to cope with.

  31. I had a date with a goth girl once. On her bedroom wall was a picture of Eva Braun. She was shocked I knew it was Hitler’s girlfriend.

    She had a gun under her pillow, and it didn’t bother me- I’m NRA!

    The she asked me if I’d ever cut anyone during sex.

    I got the heck out of there!

  32. Kitteh-“If you are even thinking about doing something like this, think long, hard, and carefully before doing it.”
    I understand what your mean but thinking about cutting was my problem, I loved it, everything about it. It was a release that I needed. And after a while I’d crave it very intensely. It’s confusing cuz society says that it’s a psychological problem, and I should stop, but it’s something I love that I fealt I needed. After I had the right motivation from my boyfriend, I did manage to stop. But that dosen’t mean that I don’t like cutting anymore it’s just not a habit anymore I can control it, well I don’t have to control it cuz it’s not a problem anymore and I don’t NEED it like I did. It’s the viewpoint, or addiction, that needs to be changed not the action itself. I don’t see anything wrong with cutting, I still cut once in a great while but not because I need it I just like the look of scars especialy when it’s symbolic like the work my boyfriend and I see going to get done, I mentioned it earlier. it’s the addiction to it that a person needs help overcoming.

  33. k, I meant that the sort of art scarification that started this entry needs careful thought, precisely because it’s even more difficult to undo ot cover up than tattooing is.

    Personally, the whole idea makes me feel slightly ill, so if I’m at all typical, that probably explains the general view of society. I can see that what you’re saying makes sense from your viewpoint, so I’ll leave it by saying that an occasional blue in a collection of mostly yellows is ok, as long as the blue doesn’t hospitalise either themself or any of the yellows as a result.

  34. “You only post the extreme things so that everyone that doesn’t know better thinks that this is only the Hello Kitty out there. Why don’t you show all the cute plush and pens and key chains that are out there. By giving only extreme examples, you warp everything just to make yourself look good and try to influence people that don’t know a lot about Hello Kitty. It’s disgusting that you do this instead of being fair like you should be.”

    Darlene, he doesn’t show cute thing cause you can find those anywhere ROFL

    k, I support you decision.

    I personally would never get scarification done because I’m a wimp who can’t take pain lol, but I have thought about getting a tattoo along with my fiancee. For several years I wanted to be a tattoo artist but my parents convinced me out of it by saying “only slutty people get tattoos”. Which is the most biased thing I’ve ever heard (especialy since my father had a tattoo). I agree with the others that scrification needs to be thought about long and hard first. But you seem firm in your decision and you’ve obviously thought it through already.

    I love the outcome generally, they’re very beautiful but I myself couldn’t do it for the pain factor, I’m kinda a wimp about skin burns, cuts, or injuries. But I think a tattoo would work better for me because it’s a little easier to bandage than scarification is. If recall correctly don’t you have to keep it wet for it to scar right? See I’d want something I could just treat with ointment and such.

    I really really don’t like the hello kitty design for this one. It could have been a lot more original.

  35. Hannah – to make the scars more visible you have to keep the wound open and healing as long as possible by agitating it with toothpaste or lemon juice or removing scabs. The longer you do this the more pronounced the scar will be. That’s the painful part.

  36. I am a Hello Kitty™ fanatic, however, these lengths are ridiculous. It makes me sad that such an innocent charecter could cause something like this. T.T

  37. OMG! I love hello kitty (not a fanatic way but…) but this is just nauseating i screamed when i saw this! why would you scar yourself like that……some people need SERIOUS COUNSELING!!!!!!!

  38. That’s not Hello Kitty – it’s her sister Mimi.

    Mimi wears a ribbon on her right ear so the other people can tell Mimi and Kitty apart.

  39. I don’t understand why somebody would do that.

    Please let it be that they decided to go original when they slashed.

    Deary me.

  40. What the hell is up with this darlene crazy? She REALLY REALLY needs to be put away. And, ouch. Thats probably the worst HK thing I’ve seen.

  41. mimmy doesn’t bother me as much as hk! (i’m not stupid I know they look the same)

    I think everyone gives darlene to much attention. if you ignore maybe she will wither away to her hello kitty heaven!

  42. Oh… my… God. Even though I luv hello kitty i just think getting her SCARRED onto ur arm is the dumbest thing EVER. Its never gonna come off!!!!!!!!!!

  43. that is not hello kitty that is mimmy hello kitty wears her bow on the right side and that bow is on the left side soooo i hope she didn’t really want hello kitty and if so she needs to go get her money back DORK

  44. From what I know of evil reituals(just the stuff I read in the Bible) that girl really screwed up. This one is worst then the guy who sold his soul to Stan. I mean not only do you not get evil powers(which I don’t want myself but I relize someone out there does) but you get tormented for all eternity by the Kitty!

  45. … I think that’s tight! I do my own cutting though… They usally turn out kinda bad : But anywho, what’s so bad about HelloKitty? And someone wanting to carve something into their skin?

  46. This is almost as cool as that slayer video when the fan carves slayer into his arm and then sets it on fire, almost.

  47. Look at the bright side 😀
    If she looks into the mirror
    HELLO KITTY IS THERE! xD
    When she looks away Mimi’s there ._.
    D:
    OMIGOSH TWINS!?

  48. its kinda depressing, even though i think that not only is it grotesque and disgusting and no human should ever do it.. i also think its cute… i think im effected by its plague… since hello kitty is like a virus spreading uncontrollably

  49. I don’t understand why so many of you are accusing scarified people of needing counseling. If you really count such things as self-injury…ear piercing is too. To purposely scar oneself is to purposely create art out of yourself. Dance has been said to be the only art in which the medium itself it YOU. Scarification is, too.

  50. its their choice to get it done or not,
    and its not self harm either:| that’s totally different

    i have 5 scarifications and they all mean something to me and represent something,
    and to be honest when they heal, they arent as prominent as tattoos (:

  51. “If i were going to go to that extreme for body “art” it sure as hell wouldn’t be for a hello kitty.”

    Well, whatever you would use as that art on your body is probably something I wouldn’t want on mine. To each his own.

  52. “You are so totally biased. The problem isn’t Hello Kitty, but that you present a totally one-sided view of her. You only post the extreme things so that everyone that doesn’t know better thinks that this is only the Hello Kitty out there. Why don’t you show all the cute plush and pens and key chains that are out there.”
    ‘Cause those are just as bad

    “You may think you’re all high and mighty because of your distortions, but everyone can see through what you’re trying to do.”
    I don’t think he’s trying to do anything except let off steam from his everyday life surrounded by HK crap… therefore it does actually have a meaning.

    “I know you will refuse my challenge because you are a mean and unsympathetic man who is only looking to become popular off of the popularity of Hello Kitty. But by refusing, you show that I’m right and everyone will know the truth.”
    That part… just… didn’t make any sense to me.

  53. @darlene,

    you act like this is a product authorized by sanrio. it’s really not, nor are the dozens of other items ussually shown on the site.

  54. she is out of her mind. who would even thing about doing this. i got one question for you : did it hurt??????????????????

  55. Minimalist art lends itself well to scarification, and this work is a perfect example. Even the most passionate Hello Kitty detractor, or even body-art detractor, must admit that, yes?

    I’m acquainted with a woman who has a fully-healed cutting on her chest. The first time I saw her topless, I conversed with her for a full five minutes before I even noticed it. Once I finally did, the image was unmistakable. Scarification art in its healed state combines extremism and subtlety, beautifully or revoltingly according to your taste.

    To the last poster: Of course it hurts. So do giving birth and lifting weights. I doubt you express the same self-righteous horror when you see a goggling infant or a bodybuilder.

    Your real problem with this cutting is not that it must have been painful, is it?

  56. Darlene is right. Hello Kitty is a person, too!
    Except it isn’t. Hello Kitty doesn’t have rights. It’s no one’s responsibility to portray it in a good light. What kind of creep tries to limit someone’s freedom of speech . . . over Hello Kitty? It stands for nothing. It’s a weird tattoo. However, the blogger has the right to write about whatever he wants because, unlike HK, he is a human being. And I am wasting my time right now.

  57. WHY ARE YOU GUYS ON HER BACK ?
    she wants to do that let her . Who the hell
    are you guys to have i say . uhm oo rght NOONE .
    lols all you guys are bunch of lames with nolives
    who speak your minds over computer screen . Tuh
    get a life . && i so hapen to be gettinq my hello kittytat 2d (: 3 to be exact

  58. hey i am a big hello kitty but I think this going a bit too far scarification is stupid and must be really painfull since the scars have to stay there for life. Also tbh a tattoo certainly looks nicer than scars. Plus your meant to only get permanant scars from accidents not actually want them done like a tattoo.

  59. I like Hello Kitty and all, but… hell. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? WHY WOULD YOU CARVE A CARTOON CAT INTO YOUR SKIN? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  60. I want to see this healed. I’ve done scarification and have one. Little circles do not fare well. Mimi’s nose probably necrotized. The other closed circles in the design are risky as hell. You can see parts where the artist left little gaps where they shouldn’t be… That’s to keep closed areas open so they will not rot and fall off. Fun stuff, eh kids?

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