by_confusedlarch on deviant art
Body Modification Equals Future Chic
The Capitol elite turn to bots for personal enhancements.
by Velvet Veritas
3D printing has long been a mainstay for scientists and architects, but it’s a relative newcomer on the fashion scene. The most recent stellar example—a masterful collaboration between designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti that resulted in a dress—was worn by our own Capitol Icon, Dita von Teese. The dress consists of 2,500 intersecting pieces, joined together by hand. A black lacquer coating and 12,000 hand-placed Swarovski crystals finished off the look. With the advent of technology on a micro level, industries such as medicine, entertainment — even the engineering of the Hunger Games themselves — have utilized the technology. Now, we add body modification to the list.
A product of designer Argyle Witt and a team of nano-technicians working in the Capitol’s most sophisticated labs, these multi-task bots can be worn during day or night. Pre-set functions include skin cleansing and exfoliation, pigment infusion, body structuring, and, pictured at left, the creation of absolutely unique pieces of wearable art. Body structuring employs the same technique as pigment implementation, allowing the bots to construct shapes under the skin for an entirely personalized body-modification experience. Some favorite patterns with the jet set are evil eyes, spirals and tribal markings.
The 3D printing function in the bots utilizes a series of ever-changing algorithms to produce a one-of-a-kind piece of fashion every time the bots are worn. Three individual pieces can be fabricated before material depletion, giving the most discerning of Capitol fashionistas a few choices. Says Witt, “Every woman should feel like she’s one in a million. With these bots, we give her the luxury and the look to do so.”
Randy Ortiz began life as a burrowing freshwater larva. At this stage, he was toothless, with rudimentary eyes, and fed on microorganisms. He transformed into an adult through metamorphosis similar to most amphibians. It involved a radical rearrangement of internal organs, development of eyes and transformation from a mud-dwelling filter feeder into an efficient swimming parasite and sexual tyrannosaur. Randy is a self-taught artist and he illustrates and designs his art by attaching his mouth to a goatfish, secreting an anticoagulant into the host, and drawing with the blood and melted tissue that spills from the gelatinous orifice. Randy draws influence from the dead shells of insect vessels ravaged by parasitic cordyceps, careful not to inhale the deadly strings of ascospores created by the flask-shaped perithecia. Our sincere thanks to septagonstudios for introducing us Randy Ortiz.