Human mutation is a fascinating thing. It has given us the ability to speak, walk upright, and use our opposable thumbs. If Jamie Keeton is any indication soon we will all have very sticky skin.
Keeton is a Chicago-based street performer. He has an incredibly rare blood type which, among other things, causes his skin to act like a suction cup.
"They call it the blood of the gods or the blood of aliens. We tend to have superhuman abilities," Keeton shares. He can put small items, like cans and iPhones, on his skin and have them stay there until he chooses to release them. "My skin literally sucks."
Originally he thought the stickiness came from pine sap after climbing so many trees. When he learned it was a genetic condition he tried to hide his gift but that all changed after seeing the X-Men movies. He felt a kinship with the X-Men and took their message to heart when they said no one should have to hide who they really are. Now he travels the world performing tricks and helping brands promote their products which sounds like a pretty good gig.
"My skin pores suck in so much oxygen that it gives me 123% oxygen intake, which allows things to really suck to me," Keeton explains. "But as it sucks to me, it generates body heat which allows me to have a 100-degree temperature at all times. That's why I'm able to be outside with just a shirt and shorts and I don't get cold."
He isn't too worried about other performers stealing his act either. He claims that there are only four people in the world with skin like his so unless the X-Men do end up recruiting him it looks like Keeton has pretty solid job security.
So keep doing your thing, Jamie, and when Magneto attacks, we will know who to call.