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Inked, Pierced & Hooked

Anthony Nagger works on models Julianna and Sarah's piercings during a photo shoot.

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Since ancient times, the practice of body modification has pervaded religion, science and art in cultures across the world. In San Diego, Calif., a church leader encourages his congregation to get closer to their spirituality by embracing pain, hooks and full body suspension. In a public park, several members of the church undergo a rigorous process of inserting under their skin anchors attached to wiring, then suspending themselves in the air hanging only by their skin.