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Mike Alberta has a portrait of Albert Einstein on the left side of his head, and one of Stephen Hawking on the back of it.
He's also a featured character in this week's cover story on the extreme fringes of body art.
We shot a video with him, then got high on South Beach, and talked aliens with a masseuse we met walking her dog.
In the above video, Alberta talks TransHumanist theory. He says, "Fundamentally TransHumanism would be altering one's body to the point where they're no longer human. Y'know, what happens when we start throwing chips in our brain to make our children super intelligent?"
We went next door to the liquor store, where a guy named Buddha sold us a Blueberry Executive, then we took to the streets, fired up, and Alberta talked about the human body being a microcosm of the planet and how building structures over the vortexes of the Earth's chakra points fundamentally changes the planet's vibrations.
We then decided to ask someone on the street about TransHumanism and the first person we met was local healer, artist, and licensed massage therapy instructor Magali Boehlen, who was walking her dog along Meridian Avenue.
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She showed us her necklace, based on sacred geometry and said, "I'm an artist, and the work that I do is scriptured from off-planet beings...inter-dimensional beings. Currently my work is featured at Art Fusion Gallery in the Design District." A quick web search tells us that in the '90s Magali traveled through alternate dimensions, and her paintings transcribe the symbols she saw in these other realms.
Some of her tattoos reflect the symbology,
Alberta asked about her views on TransHumanism and Magali replied, "The human body was designed to do everything that we do externally with computers. The glandular system was designed to allow us to do telepathy where you wouldn't even need a cell phone. I think it's been hidden from us. I think it's still inside of us. We just haven't opened up the cranial gland enough y'know? Unless you've studied with the shamans in Brazil and you do the Ayahuasca ceremonies, which is a medicine of the shaman, then you start accessing your internal mechanism. I don't think it's lost, it just hasn't been found yet."
Be sure to read more on the subject in Frank Alvarado's story on Extreme Body Modifiers.