flesh on the hook
Kaitlin is suspended from hooks pierced through her skin. The process is carefully done, and in this case piercer Dino Helvida works with his girlfriend Zorana. It involves first piercing the skin with needles, putting through metallic hooks, which are then attached to a thin rope to lift the suspendee off the ground.Reuters

Dino Helvida, a 27-year-old professional piercer and body suspension expert from Bosnia, carefully pierced the torso, legs and face of his client Kaitlin before putting the hooks through her skin on the roof of a building in Zagreb, Croatia.

He then suspended Kaitlin from a metallic frame, making her tattooed body dangling horizontally in the air.

Helvida, who works with his girlfriend Zorana, has been hanging up bodies of those who are brave enough to participate in this extreme form of body piercing since six years.

A report by Reuters stated that the process is done with utmost care. First, the skin is pierced with needles, then the metallic hooks are put through which is further attacked to a thin rope to lift the one suspended off the ground.

Helvida was quoted by Reuters as saying: "You can do one hook or you can do 100. You have different hooks for different positions and different hooks for different body parts... So everything is really calculated and it's safe."

It took Helvida almost an hour to prepare Kaitlin for the suspension. Twenty-eight year old Kaitlin is visiting Zagreb from the United States and apparently did not complain of discomfort even once.

"It is painful. Piercing is painful, it's just like regular piercing... Every time it's a new piercing and the wound heals really fast, it can heal in two weeks. I had hooks in my forehead and nobody can tell I had them," he said.

When asked how long an individual can remain suspended, he said that the time limit varies depending on their position and how they feel. "Some people stay for four, five hours, some people need only three seconds," he was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Body suspension is not as famous in Zagrab as it is in the US, according to Helvida.

"I watched a documentary (about body suspension) and when I saw it, I knew I had to do it... It's very hard to explain (what it feels like). For me, it's releasing all the negative and bringing all the positive in," he was quoted by the agency as saying.

Kaitlin is suspended from hooks pierced through her skin. The process is carefully done, and in this case piercer Dino Helvida works with his girlfriend Zorana. It involves first piercing the skin with needles, putting through metallic hooks, which are then attached to a thin rope to lift the suspendee off the ground.
Kaitlin is suspended from hooks pierced through her skin. The process is carefully done, and in this case piercer Dino Helvida works with his girlfriend Zorana. It involves first piercing the skin with needles, putting through metallic hooks, which are then attached to a thin rope to lift the suspendee off the ground.Reuters
Professional body artist Dino Helvida (L), 27, and his girlfriend Zorana Unkovic (R), 27, prepare Kaitlin for body suspension. Shortly after, he suspends her from a metallic frame, her heavily tattooed body dangling horizontally in the air.
Professional body artist Dino Helvida (L), 27, and his girlfriend Zorana Unkovic (R), 27, prepare Kaitlin for body suspension. Shortly after, he suspends her from a metallic frame, her heavily tattooed body dangling horizontally in the air.Reuters
Zorana Unkovic holds a rope for Kaitlin as she is suspended from hooks pierced through her skin. How long a person remains suspended varies, depending on their position and how they feel.
Zorana Unkovic holds a rope for Kaitlin as she is suspended from hooks pierced through her skin. How long a person remains suspended varies, depending on their position and how they feel. "Some people stay for four, five hours, some people need only three seconds," body artist Dino Helvida said.Reuters
Zorana Unkovic holds a rope for Kaitlin as she is suspended from hooks pierced through her skin. How long a person remains suspended varies, depending on their position and how they feel.
Zorana Unkovic holds a rope for Kaitlin as she is suspended from hooks pierced through her skin. How long a person remains suspended varies, depending on their position and how they feel. "Some people stay for four, five hours, some people need only three seconds," body artist Dino Helvida said.Reuters
Professional body artist Dino Helvida (top) watches Zorana Unkovic holding a rope for Kaitlin as she is suspended from hooks.
Professional body artist Dino Helvida (top) watches Zorana Unkovic holding a rope for Kaitlin as she is suspended from hooks. "I watched a documentary (about body suspension) and when I saw it, I knew I had to do it," Helvida said. "It's very hard to explain (what it feels like). For me, it's releasing all the negative and bringing all the positive in."Reuters
In Zagreb, body suspension - which has elements of fetishism and performance art - is not as popular as in some other places such as the United States, according to Helvida, whose main business is body piercing.
In Zagreb, body suspension - which has elements of fetishism and performance art - is not as popular as in some other places such as the United States, according to Helvida, whose main business is body piercing. "I watched a documentary (about body suspension) and when I saw it, I knew I had to do it," he said. "It's very hard to explain (what it feels like). For me, it's releasing all the negative and bringing all the positive in."Reuters
Dino Helvida and his girlfriend Zorana Unkovic prepare Kaitlin for body suspension.
Dino Helvida and his girlfriend Zorana Unkovic prepare Kaitlin for body suspension.Reuters
Professional body artist Dino Helvida prepares hooks for a body suspension.
Professional body artist Dino Helvida prepares hooks for a body suspension. "You can do one hook or you can do 100. You have different hooks for different positions and different hooks for different body parts," said Helvida. "So everything is really calculated and it's safe."Reuters
Dino Helvida and his girlfriend Zorana Unkovic prepare Kaitlin for body suspension. It took Helvida around an hour to prepare Kaitlin, visiting Zagreb from the United States, for suspension. Devotees say the practice gives them a huge sense of well-being, and Kaitlin did not complain of discomfort once.
Dino Helvida and his girlfriend Zorana Unkovic prepare Kaitlin for body suspension. It took Helvida around an hour to prepare Kaitlin, visiting Zagreb from the United States, for suspension. Devotees say the practice gives them a huge sense of well-being, and Kaitlin did not complain of discomfort once.Reuters
Kaitlin takes a selfie as she waits to be suspended.
Kaitlin takes a selfie as she waits to be suspended.Reuters