You'll find my cobblestones require extra attention today

Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky nails his own testicles to cobblestones

In a statement posted on the website prior to the demonstration, Mr Pavlensky had written: '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.'

The artist has put his body on the line for previous high-profile protests. After two members of the Pussy Riot punk protest band were jailed for singing inside Moscow's main cathedral in 2011 he sewed his lips together, and he also wrapped his naked body in barbed wire outside a government building in St Petersburg.

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11 Responses:

  1. Scott Louis says:

    I have mortar at my place.

  2. Wasn't that an NWA lyric? "Cold улица in my lap and it's freezin' mah balls!" ?

  3. Jim Sweeney says:

    a ballsy move.

  4. Leonardo Herrera says:


  5. Lloyd says:

    That's a majorly dick move, bro.

  6. Did he actually nail his testicles to the pavement, or just his scrotum?

  7. Alex says:

    As someone on my twitter timeline asked: What would the punishment for doing that in Saudi Arabia be? Probably much the same thing.

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