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Cat/Man:Man/Cat (v.2)

[I think this is the better portrait...but the first one has more immediate power and I like the t-shirt]]

 

Whidbey Island County Fair.....I first followed this person at the Fair because he had a tail sticking out of the back of his pants....then he turned around...

 

Not Photoshopped....this is the real deal....

 

Born Dennis Abner, college educated, former Marine and computer programmer, who had his name legally changed to Catman, told me he has been at 'reconceptualizing' himself, transforming himself by surgery, tattoos and implants, into a tiger, since 1980. I had seen him once on television, Discovery Channel or National Geographic or something, on extreme image transformation folk. He was nice enough, in a bit of hurry but gracious when I asked if I could take his portrait. He was very hard to understand since he has surgically cut his upper lip to simulate a cat and thereby eliminating an important instrument for vocalization. You have to see this large to see the detail.....there are steel studs above his lips and above where his eyebrows used to be to simulate the whiskers of a cat (i understand he takes the studs out and puts in fiberglass whiskers on special occasions)....I have no idea how he eats with those incisors...I have no idea what kind of pain he must have gone through to transform himself as a into a tiger....

 

He recently moved to the Island, is looking for work and is not through with his transformative quest....

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Taken on August 18, 2005