You don’t have to be a dude to have shivers sent down your spine by this news. Pyotr Pavlensky, a Russian performance artist, decided to take political protest to a whole other level of crazy by literally nailing his balls to the pavement in broad daylight on Sunday, in the middle of a very busy Red Square. It coincided with a national holiday – Day of the Ministry of Internal Affairs – which he is obviously not too keen on.
In a statement regarding the bizarre stunt, Pavlensky said “A naked artist, looking at his balls nailed to the Kremlin pavement, is a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of contemporary Russian society.”
While this is probably too heavy for your Monday morning, it’s nothing new for Pavlensky, who has a history of extreme, self-harming protest activities. It has been reported that he previously sewed his lips together in support of the imprisoned punk group Pussy Riot and in a separate incident, he wrapped his naked body in barbed wire earlier this year. All in a day’s work.