My Strike Branding Experience
I had been a fan of BME for about a year before I decided to look into getting a scarification of my own. In everything I read and all the photos I saw I realized a few things. Getting a skin removal scar was not going to happen, the first reason being nobody in my area was attempting this type of modification and I wasn't sure I could handle a skin removal process. This led me to the branding area of scarification so I did my research, watched videos, looked at pictures of the healing process and pretty much knew what I was in for, (or so I thought). I knew the designs had to be simple so I decided on a rather large artistic heart and a simple for of my zodiac Taurus, the locations were easy to decide. The heart would go on my upper right should and the zodiac my lower back.
A good friend of mine is a welder and we found the suggested metal to use and he created the shapes. I set the date with a group of friends and when the night came I was nervous and excited. It was a cold December night so I was more then happy to get a nice hot fire going in the fireplace. I will tell you up front that I was completely sober for the event, I wanted to experience and remember everything about the night. It didn't take long for my friends to get there and I wasn't interested in wasting any time. The heart brand was first, it was placed in the fire and I laid on my stomach gripping the legs of a chair. Within a minute or so the brand was hot, it was a bizarre moment when that hot metal was placed on my skin. I didn't scream right away, it took a second or two but you could hear and smell my skin sizzle. A friend recorded it and the branding was on my skin for seven seconds. In the moments that followed I was surprised at how good I felt it was the adrenalin I know but still I felt great. I took a break, my friends were shocked that I went through with it. They began to question me if I really wanted to do the second one, "Sure, why not!" I was back laying on my stomach and the second brand was in the fire. I knew what to expect this time but I still screamed after a moment but this one had an unexpected hitch. Due to the curve of my lower back not all of the brand met my skin, the bottom half of the circle was left undone so there was a "do over". After it all I still felt great.
Over the course of the next few days the first scab fell off on its own easily. I had read that you should remove the scab at least three times to get a good scar. Well, I made it through two. The second scab removal was done about ten days later and was an incredibly painful experience, there was no way I was going to make it through another one. Shortly after that day the unbearable pain hit me, now in all my research I never read anything about the pain you experience as all your burnt nerve endings start to heal and the skin tries to pull itself tight to cover the wound. The pain was so bad that I could not sleep, no amount of pain medication helped and the pain radiated throughout my entire body. I began to worry that something was wrong, maybe the burn was worse then I thought or maybe its infected? After about six days of agony I decided to go see my doctor.
Now, I have an amazing doctor so I was not worried about being judged or criticized over my latest modification. I was relieved when he looked at it and said they were healing just fine and there was no infection and proceeded to tell me that it was the thousands of nerve endings coming back to life. Well, that is a good thing! He provided me with a cream that within hours took all the pain away. Now I know some may think this was a stupid idea to go to the doctor and use a prescription to help heal but I am not about to risk my health or sanity for the sake of a modification. Honestly I don't think the cream changed the end result of the scar at all because within a few days of using it the ugly and bleeding scab fell off and a healthy one replaced it.
It has been just over a year since that cold December night and I remember everything vividly. I have no regrets about getting my brands done and love them immensley. Will I get more done? No, I don't think so and I am glad I got both done that night because I don't think the second one would have happened. My point here was to share my full experience with you so if you are also contemplating a branding in your future you can be more aware of what to expect during the healing process then I was. I also understand that everyone is different and I have a pretty high pain tolerance. Check out the pictures I posted and feel free to get in touch!
submitted by: justthissideofnormal
on: 07 Jan. 2011
in Misc. Brands