While “balls to the wall” means to go all out for something, it sounds rather tepid next to “testicles nailed in to the cobblestone,” doesn’t it?
A Russian performance artist with perhaps a higher threshold for pain than an intelligence quotient stripped naked and then nailed his testicles to a cobblestone on the Red Square. His mission was to protest the police state of the country, the Opposing View reports.
It was the second time that the extremely physical artist, Pyotr Pavlensky, 29, used his body to demonstrate his protests toward the Russian government. He also sewed his lips shut to express his dismay when two members of the female Russian band, Pussy Riot, were arrested for playing an anti-Putin song in the courtyard of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.
Shortly after the public nailing, Mr.Pavlensky was taken to a medical clinic, patched up, and then taken to jail.
….[He] sat naked on the cobblestones outside the Lenin Mausoleum and reportedly nailed his testicles to a brick, much to the horror of people passing by.