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My arm, a razor, a tube, and a torch.

 To start off, let me just say that I wasn't in the right state of mind when this occured. But afterwards, I was rather pleased with the results. But now after four years, it doesn't look the same as it did when it started healing. This was because I didn't know exactly what I was doing, and I really don't recommend that you do this to yourself. Either get an expert, great artist, et cetera to help you.

Now that I have that out of the way, I'd like to talk about the brand I have on my left forearm. It originally was intended to be a heiroglyph-like symbol I designed. I felt as if it had a lot of meaning to me, not only because I designed it, but it came to me in dreams and hallucionations. (I don't condone the use of drugs anymore, but I did a heavy amount of LSA, LSD, and 2ct7) So naturally, I wanted it somewhere on my body that would be presentable. I had no idea how I could get a tattoo at that age without it being illegal, and I didn't want to wait. Then branding came to my mind. I knew (Back then when I was still naive) that it was done on cattle, so why not humans? Their skin burns and scars also. I figure that would be much safer then trying to tattoo myself with a needle and ink. (Like I said, naive.)

So after much self debate on whether I should or should not do it, I kind of built up my adrenaline enough to get me to the point to actually do it. I put a KMFDM album in my stereo (I forgot which, oh well) and started to beat the ever living crap out of my training bag so I had enough endorphins for my body. I knew that they help relieve pain in most ways. Plus it got me pumped up, and then I needed a cigarette.

Then I grabbed a few tools (And I know this is going to sound foolish.)

I got a butane torch, a straight razor (Fresh blade, soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Should have been sterile enough.) and a glass test tube. (There was a circular part of the design, I felt it fitted perfectly.)

The first major part of the design was the circular section. The size of the rest of the design would count on it, so I could scale my artwork correctly. I dipped the ring of the tube in alcohol, then put flame to it until it glowed. I took in a deep breath, and as I brought the tube closer to my arm, I exhaled slowly. Finally, contact. It burned, hurt, and really stung. But afterwards, there was a gentle warm and overall good feeling and sensation. I noticed when I removed the tube, it wasn't a complete circle. I messed up. So I promptly did the same procedure again, but focusing on pushing the tube the other direction. And you know what? It worked.

Then came the most trying part of the design. I had to lay out the rest of it on my arm with water paint. (I figure, it's non toxic, and it would do no harm) I begin heating the straight razor until it has an almost white glow. I knew this was going to be the actual hardest part, because I'm going to have to guide my hand while it cuts and burns my skin. So I dipped the razor into my arm. Immediatly, I have a rush of pain and endorphins. It felt amazing. I went as far along as I could before the blade cooled, then I cleaned it and heated it back up again. I started opposite on the design, so it wouldn't get messed up in any way. And as the blade exited where it stopped previously, it was the most amazing feeling. I felt a sense of accomplishment. I was proud of it. (And surprisingly enough, I was sent to a psychologist at school after this and it was a huge topic.)

So if you're thinking about getting a brand, remember what I previously said. Don't do it to yourself, and really don't use my method. I wasn't sure if the procedure was correct, nor the tools. Always seek a professional in these cases. I've known plenty people that have tried to brand themselves, and just like me, have them not come out so well. I believe this is caused by self application. You either push it in further or pull it away due to pain and lack of control during application. Therefore, it may be too deep or too shallow. A skilled and steady hand would be the best bet, because they don't feel your pain. Obviously.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 29 Aug. 2002
in Scarification

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