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By Alex Finnis. A Hawaiian man has claimed the Guinness World Record for the largest non-surgically made stretch earlobes - which are so big you can fit a hand through them.
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Kala Kaiwi, who unsurprisingly works as a tattoo and body modification artist, has earlobe stretches or 'flesh tunnels' measuring mm 4. He has just returned from Milan, Italy where he picked up his award, almost certainly setting off airport security scanners on his way.
Kala Kaiwi is the new Guinness World Record holder for the largest non-surgically made stretch earlobes in the world. They measure mm in diameter and can fit a hand through.
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Kala has hundreds of other body modifications, including nostril piercings, face tattoos and horns on his head. Along with his flesh tunnels, he has had silicon horns implanted on his head, stretches in his nostrils, tattooed eyebrows and studs all over his face.
He even split his own tongue using dental floss, and has bolt holes on his forehead with spikes screwed in. To find out more about Kala Kaiwi and body modification .
Ear stretches have become increasingly popular in recent years. The practice originated from indigenous people but has now become mainstream in the western world.
Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh King Tutankhamen is known to have had them, although these days, you are far more likely to see them on a regular person than you are royalty. The trendsetter was Otzi the Ice Man, who dates all the way back to BC and is the oldest human mummy in the world.
He was discovered by German tourists in the Italian Alps in and as well as having mm ear stretches, he is covered in tattoos. When they first filtered into western cultures they were adopted by subcultures such as punks and rockers, but n owadays, you can find stretches on celebrities such as McBusted's Dougie Poynter or rapper Lil Wayne, as well as all over the streets of any town or city.
However, extra large flesh tunnels are still associated with counter culture. Professor Victoria Pitts-Taylor, from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, says they are 'a slightly more committed body art than temporary practices or ear piercing.
The more you stretch the skin, the more commitment you are expressing to a counter cultural look. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
Hawaii man claims Guinness World Record for biggest stretch earlobes - 4 inches in diameter and big enough to put a hand through Kala Kaiwi now holds record for largest 'non-surgically made' flesh tunnels The tattoo and body modification artist travelled to Milan to collect his award He has hundreds of other body adaptations, including horn implants and face tattoos By Alex Finnis Published: BST, 8 August Updated: BST, 8 August e-mail View comments.
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