Meet Marcus “The Creature” Boykin

 from AMC’s Freakshow Reality TV Show

 

Article by Shannon Larratt

 

(February 14, 2013) AMC will be airing a new reality TV show called “Freakshow” http://www.amctv.com/shows/freakshow, all about the Venice Beach Freakshow. The cast member who may be of most interest to ModBlog - http://www.bmezine.com readers is Marcus “The Creature” Boykin, tattooed head to toe and wearing a face-full of self-pierced metal. The name “Creature” comes with a double meaning — he’s not just a creature in the monstrous sense, but also “create-ure” in the sense of creating himself as an artistic invention, a body that is “all original, unlike anyone else’s”, in the hope that he’d be able to not just entertain, but inspire and let people know that no matter how impossible something seems, you can do it.

Here’s the official video profile of Creature from AMC.

 

 

Following that is a brief chat that we had yesterday letting you know a little bit more about what makes Creature tick — but if you really want to see what he and the rest of Venice Beach Freakshow are all about, don’t miss the show, which begins tonight on AMC at 9:30, 8:30 CST.

What made you want to move from being a kid into piercing to someone at the “freak end of the scale” — and how did your family react?

My family are hard core Christians, and my mom is still in disbelief, but my dad supports me to the fullest in the craze of body art and piercing. My inspiration came from historical pictures like the Great Omi… warriors receiving scarification, like the great Shaka Zulu, and slaves chastisement as they got whipped and scarred and burned — also Jesus Christ himself suffered out of this world piercing and was scarred beyond any recognition — it goes reallly deeeep…

How did you get into the industry professionally?

When I was a kid I always was attracted to the arts, and now consider myself a multi-disciplinary artist. I was someone who was always into creatures — that’s why my name fits so well. I first got educated on the industry by going to the store and grabbing ink magazines. I saw the abnormal things featured in magazines like Tattoo Savage, and these influenced my young mind. Even as a kid, I always wanted to entertain, from the art of popping, locking, and breakdancing, and being a creature known as Gizmo and Raver Dayn, as Yoshi, and rebel dancing as him toooooo… I’ve always been into the strange and unusual, so I’m not surprised by my profession. I believe I didn’t choose it — it chose me.

Why do you have so many piercing specifically on your face? Do you have issues with rejection?
 


I have a lot of piercing on my face because I want to fill it completely with surface piercing. Ear stretching, lips, nipples… a lot of the mods just takes time. Of course I suffer rejection but that’s just a part of the game. I’ve been piercing my own face and tattooing it for years now, and things just keep on improving in the industry so there are endless possibilities. The future holds many new creations in my body mods. It won’t be done until I am dead.

What are your future body modification plans? Are you interested in going for one of the “most piercing” type records?

As my mods go, I am still adding more and want to continue to lead African Americans in this art form and represent the endless possibilities of our body. That’s very important to me, and in addition to my facial work, I want piercing over my entire body surface. I already hold the record as the most tattooed and modified man in America thanks to my layers of ink, mods, piercing, and stretching but I’m going for more — of course I will keep delivering the blow! Art has endless possibilities, and I express that through the body as the Creature.
 


What can we expect from you on the show? 

 

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Article by Shannon Larratt - ModBlog - Feb 14th 2013 - Posted on Sideshow World with permission of the author copyright 2013 all right reserved.

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