I had to get a little lubricated to sit for the one piecing I have in my ear. I am not a fan of needles.
Robert Rubio, on the other hand, must love them… of at least the notoriety that comes with them.
"I beat the record before. I did 900," he said before the epic five-hour piercing of the skin down his arms, his legs, and his back. "[The record] was 745 but I did 900. Somebody took my record, and I’m coming to get it back."
On some level, you can’t help but respect the guy for his determination. On another, what the hell, mate?
"It’s for 2,000 people," he said. "If I can take a piece of little pain from everybody so they don’t have to feel it, that’s what I’m doing…"
So, he’s a humanitarian and a competitor — can’t really argue with the altruistic intentions, but dayum, 3,000 needles?
All kinds, indeed.