August 17, 2014 9:04 am -

The world’s most pierced man, 53-year-old Rolf Buchholz, has been barred from Dubai, where officials at the airport denied him entry when he was on his way to a hotel appearance.


Buchholz has 453 piercings and two horns protruding from his forehead.

They put him on a flight to Istanbul, Al Arabiya News reports.

Buchholz swore to never return to Dubai.

I can’t imagine what would give them that idea, in that particular Conservative-region of the world.


According to a spokesman for the hotel where Buchholz was scheduled to appear, the management failed, despite all its attempts” to win permission for him to enter the emirate.

Buchholz is an information technology worker and he was in the Guinness Book of Records in 2012 as the world’s most pierced man.


H/T: My buddy @TomCinmidlife with thanks.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

59 responses to Pierced Man With Horns Denied Entry Into Dubai

  1. crc3 August 17th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    He’s DISGUSTING!!!! He should be denied access to the entire planet!!

    • Sage August 17th, 2014 at 10:36 am

      You are vain and shallow, and it REALLY shows.

      • crc3 August 17th, 2014 at 11:34 pm

        Ha! You don’t know anything about me so don’t even try. If humans were suppose to look that they would have been born like that!

        • Glen August 17th, 2014 at 11:46 pm

          Do you wear clothes?

          • crc3 August 17th, 2014 at 11:59 pm

            You know exactly what I meant. Don’t try to change the subject…

          • Glen August 18th, 2014 at 12:12 am

            I wasn’t changing the subject, I was making a point. What humans were “suppose to look” like is irrelevant. Humans change their appearance in all sorts of ways – makeup, haircuts/gels/etc, tattoos, piercings of various degrees, genital mutilation for religious reasons (both male and female), hair dyes, nose jobs, braces, etc. And just about all humans wear clothing, which is something that few other animals do.

            This guy has just gone a little more extreme than most. And that’s his prerogative, and while you can consider it to be too extreme, criticising it as going against what “humans were suppose to look [like]” is hypocrisy, unless you’re a nudist who never cuts or brushes their hair.

        • Karma_Hitman August 18th, 2014 at 8:51 am

          Yes we know two things about you, you are vain and shallow and it REALLY shows. you have your opinion, and it smells like it is lodged in your lower colon.

          • crc3 August 18th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

            Boo Hoo…I’m devastated not being liked by a total jerk (note extreme sarcasm)…

    • Rab Simpson August 17th, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Says someone with a mushroom cloud in their avatar…

      • crc3 August 17th, 2014 at 11:32 pm

        Eventually my avatar will be reality….

        • Rab Simpson August 18th, 2014 at 10:52 am

          Given some luck it’ll be somewhere in the pacific on some deserted island and you’re the only one there. The world will be a better place.

          • crc3 August 18th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

            Sticks and stones…

          • Rab Simpson August 20th, 2014 at 8:44 am

            You do realise that that saying only works when you call someone names, right?

    • Glen August 17th, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Whether you like what he’s done or not, he has every right to do something like that to his own body, and your assertion of something like “he should be denied access to the entire planet” is atrocious.

      For the record, right now I have a lot more respect for him than I do for you. His only crime is failing to live up to an arbitrary standard that you are applying. You, on the other hand, are advocating against freedom of speech over something harmless.

      • crc3 August 17th, 2014 at 11:31 pm

        He has a right to do what he wants but I also have a right to express my thoughts. He’s free to do what he wants but I’m not required to like it either….

        • Glen August 17th, 2014 at 11:34 pm

          You have a right to express your opinion of his appearance. However, you said “He should be denied access to the entire planet”, and that’s a very different thing. I was not criticising your description of him as “disgusting” (although I’d suggest you perhaps become a little less shallow, and instead say he *looks* disgusting, recognising that he could be the nicest, most honest and most decent person in the world), I was criticising the second part of your comment.

          • crc3 August 17th, 2014 at 11:37 pm

            Yeah…maybe I was harsh but being “old school” I just don’t “get it”…

          • Rab Simpson August 18th, 2014 at 10:54 am

            You weren’t being ‘old school’. You were just being a prick.

          • Carla Akins August 18th, 2014 at 11:00 am

            I am going to request that you simply edit the above comment so that I don’t remove it. You made your point three comments ago – we ask that readers refrain from calling each other names.

    • cecilia August 17th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      oh, stop!
      yeah, it’s not something I would do, but then people do all sorts of things I have no interest in. I ignore it all because it’s just not that important.

    • Schmice August 18th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Does this mean that a b***job is out of the question?

  2. mea_mark August 17th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    He looks like a spawn of Satan. I bet he has some interesting “issues”.

    • lilia patterson August 17th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      The tradition of “Satan” in religious terms actually comes from a variety of sources. One: a chicken god from Iraq, other sources evidently a goat god, the same other ‘gods’ of the past, including the sheep god, depending on what kind of animistic spirit of whatever animal you were eating at the time you wanted to suplicate. Alternative sources of the name ‘satan’ come from the planet ‘saturn’ which as we all know is a large planet in the sky, which probably really doesn’t give 2 flying monkeys about the things that idiot humans do on planet earth below.

  3. Shades August 17th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    He won’t return? That’s a load off Dubai’s mind.

  4. Roctuna August 17th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    What would faux doctor Keith Ablow say about that?

    • Anomaly 100 August 17th, 2014 at 9:54 am

      He’d blame Obama.

      • John_St_John August 17th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

        Nah, he would accuse Mrs. Obama of being to fat and go off on a 10 minute rant; totally ignoring Mr. Buchholz.

      • Schmice August 17th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

        and don’t forget…….Benghazi.

        • Anomaly 100 August 17th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

          You spelled it wrong. It’s BENGHAZI!

          (with Republican caps)

          • Schmice August 18th, 2014 at 7:38 pm


  5. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker August 17th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Looks like that dude fell down a flight of stairs with an open tackle box!

    • mea_mark August 17th, 2014 at 10:01 am

      He has been fishing off the Deep End for sure.

      • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker August 17th, 2014 at 11:05 am

        Yup. What’s on his face is not as ridiculous as what’s floating around in his head.

    • raincheck August 17th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Fell face first into an arts and crafts box AND split his tongue open…

  6. Sage August 17th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    We’ll just like every other religiously controlled country, they are victims of fairy tales, and primitive superstitions, they will fall to the sand they live in, and good riddance, to all theology.

  7. lilia patterson August 17th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    If I was in charge of the immigration of a country, I wouldn’t let that freak into my country. What kind of idiot wants to implant horns into his head and then attempt to pretend what an’innocent’ victim he is, in particular when attempting to enter a religious country – where it’s pretty obvious anyone who saw him would be freaked out by the hideous appearance of the freak. He’s evidently just a complete idiot, who can’t think of any other way to get attention for himself apart from courting controversy. Maybe he should go and attempt to perform at a goat farm, so that he can fit in better with those horns on his head, see how he impresses the fermale goats there, maybe they would be on his level, or maybe they would think he was a freak as well. I don’t think they would be particularly impressed. Poor man. I am suprised nobody has sectioned him as a result of all the self-harm and self-mutilation he has inflicted on himself as a danger to himself. I wouldn’t want my children seeing that freak, just in case it scared them. He should be sectioned and have all that metal removed from him as a danger to his health. I don’t know why anyone gives him a licence to mutilate himself for entertainment either, and think any entertainment industry who pays him to perform to mutilate himself for entertainment should be banned and have their licence removed.

    • John_St_John August 17th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Got to love bronze age hyper religious fear no?

      • lilia patterson August 17th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

        Personally, my own personal fear of people who wear piercings, is after witnessing someone in front of my face, with an obsession with piercing, involved in a hideous accident which involved ripping half his face in halt, including both his nose and ear and dripping large quantities of blood everywhere, as a result of his own self-mutilation, so personally I would say that my own comment above, is based on the modern day concepts of ‘logic’ and ‘common sense’ that mutliating oneself with piercings is a really incredibly stupid idea. Please note in the UK, people who commit self-harm normally get sectioned and put in lunatic asulyms for the insane. Not sure what country you come from. I also observe that the person above has large quantities of probably stainless steel not bronze. Please note also normally such practices as excess piercings normally come from ancient tribal traditions, so not sure what you mean in your comment since there is no logic to your words.

        • Glen August 17th, 2014 at 11:36 pm

          So because you saw one person with a lot of piercings participating in self-mutilation, therefore all people with piercings must be self-mutilating?

          • lilia patterson August 25th, 2014 at 8:36 am

            I have pierced ears, myself, but I don’t wear earrings all the time and I would never weMerely the fact that piercings are wounds that are then maintained by the human who has the piercing. Even when I had my ears pierced, it drew blood. All piercings are therefore self-inflicted wounds to the human organism by definition as a result. If my children wanted to have pierced ears with those new fashion earrings taken from tribal cultures, where the hole is made bigger in order to cause an actual hole in the ear, I would talk to my children and advise them not to harm themselves for no reason, purely simply for the sake of vanity. Even when I was younger I thought about getting a tatoo then decided against it, since there was no reason for me to. I could just get some stick on transfers if I wanted to dress up to go out, I didn’t need to inflict myself with painful and unecessary tattooes that would be permanent for no reason. It’s evident from a health and safety point of risk, if your body is left in one piece, without any form of piercing of any description, then it will be more able to survive any potential risk of injury as a result. Piercing is self-mutilation just simply by the fact that piercings are self-inflicted wounds that are maintained by the human simply by default of what they are. That’s why I’m saying that what I witnessed with my own eyes, caused me to understand that. I could see that because the guy had piercings in his nose and ears and other parts, and then joined them with a chain – to show off – when he fell, he ripped quite substantial amounts of flesh from himself as a result, with large amounts of loss of blood which was not a pleasant experience to witness. Anyone with a self-inflicted wound in their body as a result of piercing is therefore making themselves more at risk of injury as a result. The whole reason for being of this guy being paid to ‘entertain’ others, is purely for one reason alone – because he injures himself in public as part of his display. It’s a grotesque form of entertainment, and as stated above, I would ban it in my country, if I were in any position of authority to do so, since it would be a bad influence on the children or the general public to permit any person to inflict self-harm on himself in any form. In the UK, if someone inflicts harm on themself, then they get sectioned and put into a psychiatric hospital as a risk to their own health, so there’s nothing unusual with what I’m saying, since it’s just based on pre-existing common sense.

          • Glen August 25th, 2014 at 9:33 am

            Once again, you are asserting it about all because you saw it in one instance. And beyond that, people aren’t put into psych wards for self-mutilation in general. They’re put in there for self-mutilation-for-no-reason. A person who does it for vanity purposes is not insane in that sense, they’re merely seeking out a specific result.

            Strictly speaking, when you work out at the gym, you’re actually damaging your muscles. They then grow back stronger. Would that be considered self-mutilation? How about going rock climbing, doing significant damage to your hands, and then developing calluses? For that matter, how do you feel about male circumcision?

            You mention that the guy you saw had all of his piercings joined by a chain, and that he was then dangling himself from that chain. His problem wasn’t the piercings, it was stupidity. No sane person would dangle themselves by piercings. That doesn’t mean that all body piercings are self-mutilation.

            To be quite honest, I have a lot more respect for him than for you. He does something that harms nobody but himself. You call other people “freaks” for no other reason than that they’re different from you.

          • lilia patterson August 26th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

            Well you just defeated your own argument because that’s exactly what the guy above does, self-harm himself and hang himself from his own piercings. Glen I don’t care what you think about me. I just personally find this kind of self-harm for the sake of vanity in a world where people are suffering needlessly from conflict zones just insulting to humanity in general. I’m not interested to have any more discussion about it – since I’m bored of the subject and no further interest to look at the self-centred vanity of this attention seeking weirdo any more. Please don’t reply to this message, so I don’t have to reply to it further. You can have your own views, and I can have mine – it’s a free world after all, otherwise attempting to impose your ideologies on someone else, is a form of dictatorship all on its own, which just defeats the whole point of your argument even more.


  8. Bunya August 17th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Let’s see here. We have a man who makes himself up to look like the devil, trying to gain access into a deeply religious country. Sorry. I don’t fault Dubai on this one. Not that I have anything against someone wanting to look like Satan, but flaunting it in front of people who find it offensive is a bit over the top,.

    • Glen August 17th, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Countries aren’t religious. People are religious. And freedom of speech trumps freedom from offense. Also, if their problem was that he might offend people with his face looking like that, they could have just asked that he keep his face sufficiently covered in public.

      • Bunya August 18th, 2014 at 11:17 am

        It doesn’t matter. It’s their country, their rules. And we may have freedom of speech, but Dubai may not. THEY have the right to refuse anybody they want into THEIR country.

        • Glen August 20th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

          And we have the right to criticise them for it.

          • Bunya August 20th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

            You have the right to criticize anybody you want, as long as you’re in the U.S. However, feel free to travel to Dubai and criticize them and let me know how that works out.

          • Glen August 20th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

            You Americans and your egocentricism. I’m Australian. And I find it interesting that you seem to be supporting the suppression of freedom of speech. By the way, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and I don’t give a damn if UAE hasn’t signed/ratified.

          • Bunya August 21st, 2014 at 10:28 am

            I’m not supporting suppression of free speech. I’m merely suggesting that if one were to travel to another country, they abide by their rules or face arrest. It’s that simple.
            If you would like to travel to Iran (which is 90% Muslim) carrying a giant crucifix, that’s your right. Of course, if you get beaten by the locals for basically thumbing your nose at their beliefs, then you get what you deserve.

    • R.J. Carter August 20th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Well, he works in IT, so he doesn’t actually meet people.

  9. kriselda gray August 17th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I’d say he has every right to do to himself what he wants to, and that any nation has the right to determine who can or cannot enter their borders. If what he has chosen to do to himself puts him in the category of people who are not allowed within a country, then that is a consequence of his choice.

    • Glen August 17th, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      I’d say that they have every right to determine who can or cannot enter their borders, and that any person has the right to criticise them for it. If their choice to control who enters their country on such a superficial basis reduces other people’s respect for that country, then that is a consequence of their choice.

  10. Schmice August 17th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    “But Papah I love him. I want to marry him and give you grandchildren.”

    “Papah?” ” Papah?” “Help. Somebody call 911.”

  11. LDKRN August 17th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    He’s weird, but he’s not a murderer or anything. Who cares?

  12. Margon49 August 17th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Did they think that these piercings gave him some kind of magical power?

    • billy smith August 19th, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Maybe the next Harry Potter Wizard.

  13. Taajire K August 18th, 2014 at 1:06 am

    oh my God, quickly, shoot it!!!!!!

  14. R.J. Carter August 20th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I know you all may not believe this, but I’m actually in favor of body piercings. I think they serve as a clear, visible sign to the rest of the world that something about you just ain’t right.
    — Hank Hill, King of the Hill

  15. kleve June 1st, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Australia and human rights ….. hahahah.