26-year-old Mustang Wanted (not his real name, obviously) got the nickname “real-life Spider-Man” after he spent the last decade climbing atop some of the highest structures in the former USSR, and taking unbelievable photos of himself dangling on one hand or tiptoeing on metal rails.
Ever since he was just a child, Mustang Wanted had a taste for extreme sports, and among his first hobbies were practicing the Brazilian art of Capoeira and “throwing battle axes”. Now, the former legal adviser from Kiev satisfies his adrenaline cravings by scaling sky-high structures, performing unbelievable stunts and sharing photos and videos of his achievements through social media. Some of his most famous exploits include doing push-ups on a metal tower at about 300 feet above ground, and dangling by one hand from a metal crane 150 meters up in the air. Just watching this stuff is enough to make most people’s hands sweat, but the young daredevil says for him fear does not exist: “Sometimes I think that I’m a robot. I do not feel anything.” His only real concern is getting caught by the police, who have on occasions disrupted his plans. Death is certainly not his biggest worry while balancing on metal beams and offering his fans a bird’s eye view of urban Ukraine and Russia, and even says he would rather die than suffer an injury that would end his “skywalking” career.
In the years since he started doing these dangerous stunts, Mustang Wanted has amassed thousands of fans on social sites like YouTube, Facebook, or its Russian version, VKontakte, but he has always been careful to instruct them not to follow his example. “Don`t try any of my tricks by yourself, it’s extremely dangerous. I have been doing all that stuff for years, just for my personal joy. Take care of your life and health!” he writes on his personal website. These days, the Ukrainian Spider-Man is looking for sponsorship deals, offering to display company logos in his videos, “700 ft closer to the sky”, and even travel to other countries to scale impossible structures. He does require info about the police and local laws, because “I don’t want to go into jail, you know what I mean:-)”.
I still can’t make up my mind about this guy. Is he incredibly skilled, or just plain crazy? Probably both. Anyway, you definitely have to see his skywalking stunts to believe them, and luckily, he posts plenty of evidence.
Photos: Mustang Wanted, Natasha Sadovskaya