Crucifix Suspension at ROPBBQ 2011
This account was written back in August when my memory was still fresh. It is just now occurring to me however that it would be a good story to publish to the gallery, so here it is:
I want to tell you guys about the amazing experience i had! A week and a half ago i packed up my little car with camping gear and drove down to Pittsfield MA for the Rights of Passage BBQ. I met a bunch of interesting people down there, saw some crazy feats (a pull and a spinning bar suspension both of which totally blew my mind) and had a really great time overall, but the thing that really made it wonderful was finally getting to suspend, which is something i'd wanted to do for years but never really thought I'd have the chance to.
I was signed up to hang on saturday, and i woke up on saturday morning pretty apprehensive. I'd never done this before, i was sure i wanted to do it, but scared at the same time. I had met Thom the previous evening and knew that he was also doing a crucifixion suspension for his first that day. So when he decided to go up i went over to watch the process. I figured watching someone else who had never suspended go through it would help me cut down on my nerves. I'll let Thom describe his experience in his own diary or story and just sum it up by saying that by the time i was watching him swing around on the suspension rig while laughing and grinning i was getting pretty jealous! When he came down i asked to go up next.
I was marked by Brian, and then lay down on the table to be pierced by Brian, Starr, and Noah. I had two 5gauge hooks in my back and two 10gauge hooks in each arm. I asked to have to hooks on the insides of my forearms and wrists because i felt that it would be more comfortable to be pierced there (I have a pretty good relationship with pain on my inner arms). The first three hooks went in my left side and they hurt a whole lot less than i expected them to. The one in my back was kind of a bitch, but nothing I couldn't handle and not nearly as bad as I was expecting. The three hooks on my right went in even easier. I sat up feeling surprisingly fine (i often get light headed after being pierced) and went over to be hooked to the rig. Thats when the trouble started. I got so dizzy i thought i was going to just faint while half hooked up. Someone brought me a chair and a woman who's name i hate to admit i can't remember gave me a glucose tablet and poured water into my mouth. I wasn't in too much pain, and soon i stood up to get back to being hooked up, but as soon as i did my vision started to go and i had to sit down again. It took some time sitting and drinking water, but after a while i was all hooked up and ready to go.
I started walking back and fourth, leaning into my hooks and being pulled a little higher every time. There was a lot of pressure on my back and the way my shoulder blades were being pulled was pretty uncomfortable but there was almost no pain. I gave the guy working ropes (who's name i never got) the go and he hoisted me into the air. I'd always imagined that moment of feet leaving the ground to be amazing, but it was kind of lost in the feeling of being in the air. It hurt, but it hurt so good. I felt incredible! At first i was moaning a little, but soon just turned into laughing. I asked to go higher. Swinging was so much fun, every time i felt like i wanted to come down i'd swing and and realize how awesome being up was. After about 15 minutes or so i did come down. I couldn't stop smiling. I went back over to the tables and had my hooks taken out and some of the air massages out of my back and i got bandaged up. i didn't bleed much except from my right wrist which needed some gauze and duct tape. Tom asked me if i was ready to fight a bear, i totally was.
For the next two hours the adrenaline rush was amazing. I couldn't stop grinning and laughing. I felt like i was on top of the world. Like there was nothing i couldn't do. It was a high better than any drug, a feeling better than orgasm. Since then, whenever i'm not feeling great i remember that feeling and the fact that it was something i'd come to naturally by doing something amazing and remembering it lets me feel some of that awesome powerful feeling all over again. My first suspension was incredible, and i can't wait till i get another chance to suspend!
submitted by: Nixiie
on: 24 Dec. 2011
in Rites of Passage BBQs, Other Suspensions