Modern-day freak show slithers into town
700 hours of tatooing, forehead implantsNICCI MCDOUGALL
He's green, has pointed teeth and a split tongue and certainly resembles a lizard.
Appropriately named The Lizardman [aka Erik Spargue], he makes his living as a freak and performs before audiences across the world.
The Lizardman, who is also a stand-up comedian, will arrive in Invercargill today on the last leg of the Freak 'n' Gish tour, a comedy show. He will perform at Players Entertainment Centre tonight along with New Zealand comedian Gish.
The 41-year-old, who lives with his wife and their pet ferrets in Austin, Texas, is best known for his body modification including sharpened teeth, full-body tattoo of green scales, bifurcated tongue, subdermal implants and green-inked lips.
He has also pulled vehicles with his stretched earlobes, and regularly performs sideshow acts such as fire-eating and breathing, sword swallowing, the bed of nails and the human dartboard.
He also participates in public and private flesh hook suspension groups and events.
But he will not be doing any of this as part of the show, he said.
As a child Spargue was interested in art and would draw on himself instead of paper, he said.
His appearance was part of a transformation project he began as a teenager.
He spent three years designing his look before getting the first of the work done - pierced ears - at the age of 21.
The Lizardman has spent 700 hours getting tattooed and has multiple piercings, but said the worst pain he had experienced was receiving 10 implants that form horned ridges over his eyes - a six-hour operation with no anaesthetic.
The Lizardman did not think of pain as good or bad, but instead a sensation he had learnt to deal with through years of experience.
He will be at Players Entertainment Centre tonight at 8pm. The show is R18. Tickets cost $25 until 6pm and $30 after 6pm.
- The Southland Times