Joel Miggler is the 22-year-old German who has just set the Guinness World Record for the most flesh tunnels on a face, with a staggering 11 of extreme body modifications on his cheeks, nose, ears and lips. He says that his obsession with the body art started when he got his first ‘normal’ flesh tunnel in his ear lobe, at the age of just 13, and ever since then he has been hooked.
In total, Joel has 27 piercings, six tattoos, an implant, and has his buttock branded. He says he has plans to get an eyeball implant at some point in the future. Joel’s largest modifications are on his cheeks, with two holes that currently measure 34mm in diameter, although he has plans to increase these to a massive 40mm.
“I’m very happy with my flesh tunnels, but I always want to get a new one.” says Joel, who has admitted that he feels ‘addicted’ to the hobby. “In the future I want to stretch my face even more – to be the most unique person” he says.
Joel has been dating an artist in recent months, and says that the modifications don’t get in the way of his love life. His mother is completely supportive of his decision to change his body, although she’s not happy with the holes in his cheeks, he says. He also has had his tongue surgically split in half, giving him two parts that are able to move independently of one another.
Despite only being able to take ‘small bites’ of food, Joel says that the modifications don’t get in the way of his day-to-day life. Although the holes in his cheeks are so large that his teeth and gums are clearly visible at all times, he says that ‘people only stare or sometimes ask me questions if they are interested in my jewellery’, when he walks around on the street.
“It is only on social networks that they mostly discriminate and offend me.” says Joel