"There is no coming to consciousness without pain"
Well, I just got here. That's not really true anymore, but all this still feels new and exploration-worthy to me.
I'm not really good with this whole 'talk about myself' affair, so if you'd want to know what, why and how I got into all of this, please read the story of my personal ascension.
I definitely seem to have developed a passion for body suspension. And because this community seems to be THE place to be to live that passion, I decided to join your little world here. I want to learn as much as I can about it.
No Forum - but I like getting messages. And don't be afraid of the tracking thingie; it doesn't bite.
3/23/2010 | 8 comments
OK, so seeing that Birthday Girl and Don have put up some photographic memories of their pasts, I was challenged to do the same - and who am I to not listen to my friends?. So I raided my parents' old photo albums for a few remembrance shots of me as a young one, and without further ado, there you go:
Please excuse the very poor quality, but I had to photograph them with my digital point and shoot camera directly from the photo albums. They are behind some protective plastic covers which I didn't dare to remove, and that's why they are pretty blurry and lack contrast - but hey, you get the idea :) These were all taken by my dad, who preferred black and white film to color and refused to use color for a very long time.
First one is me in mom's arms, just a few days old. Second one's is of me in my playpen, at about half a year. Very typical pose... Third one is, well, me at around one year, doing what everybody needs to do :), According to my mom, I could sit on that thing forever and get lost in my thoughts. Who knows what I've been thinking about there.... Click through to enlarge:
That is me at a two, proudly demonstrating my newfound ability to fly, helping grow some trees by watering them in the garden, and getting ready to fetch some milk (we were getting our milk from a farmer back then, and I always wanted to carry the container, although it was way too heavy when it was full) :)
a rare color picture, taken at a winter vacation when I was three. The last one was taken on the first day of school - I was 6 at the time. Note the open book in front of me. Yep, I could read a little even before entering school, and that has remained one of my favorite pastimes to this very day, some three-and-a-half decades later.
I haven't looked at those albums in ages. In fact, I always dreaded when they came out to show some distant relatives how us kids looked when we were wee. I could very well live without these "oh how cute" comments. Not so this time - I spent a nostalgic evening at my parents listening to the countless stories behind all those pictures and had a very good time. So, thank you IAM friends for this opportunity, and I keep hoping for more installations! My dad has a few thousand slides that he wanted to digitize for years.....
3/19/2010 | 0 comments
that madly swinging about while hanging from hooks in your skin can be fun (something I denied not that long ago). Well, I definitely have to say Alice was right when she told me right afterward that she loved seeing me enjoying myself and having fun for a change!
Helene Fjell finally sent me a few pictures she took from me at last years' Oslo suscon. She really is an awesome photographer and it was well worth the wait!
Getting these made me anticipate our fun suspension plans even more. 15 days, and I really can't wait! Spinning beam, here I come!
2/15/2010 | 0 comments
I'll finally be attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this year. Meant to do this forever now, and in earnest after the 2007 RATM reunion show there but never got around to it. This year finally the timing works in my favor for a change, as as the festival conveniently coincides with the last days of my vacation which I'll spend in the LA area anyway. So it's a natural given that I go!
UPDATE: There's a few others from this community who also will be going there and we'll all meet up: Nano has made this an official IAM event - /events/view/1538/ See y'all there!
In other news, I've been in Berlin all weekend, attending the 60th Berlinale Film festival. Saw 17 movies - long ones, short ones (the shorts part of the festival was amazing!) brilliant ones and not-so-brilliant ones and I've got square eyes now. Unfortunately, it's back home and off to work now....I would have loved to stay longer!
2/4/2010 | 0 comments
or "was lange währt wird endlich gut". I finally did receive a long-awaited package from Ania that's been in transit for six weeks... But it was definitely worth the wait - it contained an awesome book from renowned photographer Chris Rainier about "the sacred origins of battoos and body marking". Fascinating! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I love what he had to say about the subject: "We are at a crucial crossroads of human history. We are losing traditional cultures with their ancient way of life and spiritual beliefs at catastrophic rates. With my photography of the First Preoples of our fragile Planet, I hope to show spiritual traditions from outr past in the present, - and become part of the process in some small way way of helping preserve life for future generations. I believe photogrphy plays a crucial role in helping sustain and revitalize cultures on the edge.."
Click on the image to go to ancientmarks.com, the website for the book project:
1/12/2010 | 0 comments
Well, everybody seems to have new years' resolutions. If there's anything I'd want to do more consistent this year, it's updating this thing here.
I've been in here for three years now (man, time certainly flies....) but only very recently have gotten around to use this for what it is: a community where like-minded people communicate with each other. I have met some anazing people in here and, you know, "virtual" friends become pretty real when sending and receiving packages with nice things to and from them!
So I think I should and will update more than in the past.
Totally bummed about the winter weather that's so prevailing in Europe these days has thwarted my travel plans last weekend - no nice event and no sharp pointy thingies in my skin this time around. Oh well, another time, then... No thanks, Easyjet!
But there's good news: my organizational part in getting the Dallas suscon up and running is almost done with. I got an amazing deal on a group hotel and everything's now set... 80 days, and I can't wait!
And, seeing this may well be the last time I'll write in this thing using the 'old' BME/IAM software platform I've come to get so accustomed to and appreciate, I'm getting a bit nostalgic here. Stumbling across this site in its current form did change the course of my life, after all so it and its creator will always have a special place within me. I hope the "new" BME due to launch tomorrow will continue in the spirit of the old. As we says around here - Der König ist tot, es lebe der König! I'll definitely be sticking around!