Man removes his nipples and belly button for art's sake -- and to sell as jewelry
Selfie of Karim Boumjimar -- Twitter

A London-based artist -- attempting a commentary on body-modification -- has had his nipples and belly button surgically removed and is planning on selling the pieces of himself as earrings and a necklace, Dazed is reporting.

Karim Boumjimar -- an 18-year-old Spanish-Moroccan -- claims he had the body parts surgically removed before posting pictures of himself on Instagram with a chest and stomach as smooth as a back.

In an interview, the artist cited Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the Mona Lisa as his inspiration.

"Well, she has no eyebrows or eyelashes. It’s really interesting how da Vinci meticulously paid attention to every single detail but chose not to give her eyebrows or the eyelashes," he explained. "And then it came to me – I could do the same thing with my body. We are all born with the same anatomy, and we all have the basic human structure, I just think that it’s really interesting how we all absorb that and play with the idea of how our bodies should look, we are all given the same materials (our bodies) and decide whether we want to alter or modify what we are given."

Adding that "narcissism is my main medium," Boumjimar said that no scarring can be seen in the photos he posted online due to tons of make-up, while insisting that pictures are not photoshopped.

As for the surgery itself...

"It wasn’t really done legally, I mean it was legal, but not so legal," he explained. "They just gave me so many drugs and at the end they gave me my nipples."

Asked whether he was just doing it for the attention, Boumjimar said that wasn't his plan.

"Two days ago I was at home watching videos on YouTube and, somehow, ended watching a video of a girl who has three boobs. I’ve forgotten her name, but she’s pretty famous I think. She was talking about how she doesn’t need anyone’s validation and she knows she has three boobs," he explained. "And that’s pretty much how I feel. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone because at the end of the day, it’s my body."

Photos by Boumjimar posted to Twitter below:

(H/T Towelroad)