The world's most pierced man, Germany’s Rolf Buchholz, was banned and turned away from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on August 15. Claims were made that Buchholz was involved in black magic. His piercings, tattoos, and extreme body modifications certainly make one’s head turn, but black magic? Buchholz is known for his multiple facial piercings, his body art, as well as the practice of suspension- hanging from metal hooks through piercings. He is a public figure and has performed around the world.
Buchholz was slated to make an appearance on Friday, August 15, at Dubai’s Cirque Le Soir but was denied entrance into Dubai at the airport. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that “Airport officials gave no reason for refusing entry to 53-year-old German Rolf Buchholz, who sports 453 piercings plus two horns on his forehead, local daily newspaper Al-Emarat Al-Youm said.” The ABC report goes on to say that “a spokesman for the hotel where Mr. Buchholz was scheduled to appear said its management had failed "despite all its attempts" to win permission for him to enter the emirate, the report added.”
As of August 17, there have been more than fifteen different publications and stories about Mr. Buchholz 's ban ranging from a Serbian report, one Italian, report, and one from the BBC, in addition to the Australian report. The international exposure certainly adds to Buchholz’s persona. From Buchholz’s web page, Model Mayhem, he holds the Guinness World Records for most piercings for a male, sporting the staggering number of 453 piercings and most body modifications for a male, including horns on his forehead and embedded face and arms.
Body piercings and body modification are prevalent in most world cultures and societies. Geographically, body modification can range from religious purposes, civil showing of status, and the influence of popular culture. While Mr. Buchholz is showing extreme modification for western culture, it is not taboo. He certainly sports the most piercings and carries the Guinness World records since 2012, but people should see his showing of tattoos, piercings, and metal implants as the avenue to celebrate the body and not as the face of Black Magic.