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Cross Cultural Body Decoration: A Literature Review

ral Body Decoration: A Literature Review Cross Cultural Body Decoration A Literature Review Copyright &copy 1993 Raven Rowanchilde Toronto, Ontario Converted to HTML by Shannon Larratt / BME Preface Introduction Ableman, Paul Beyond Nakedness Berns, Marla C. Ga`anda Scarification: A Model for Art and Identity. Bianchi, Robert S. Tattoo in Ancient Egypt. Bilmes, J. and Howard, A. Pain as a Cultural Drama Bohannan, Paul Beauty and Scarification Amongst the Tiv Bolin, A. Vandalized Vanity: Feminine Physiques Betrayed and Portrayed Brain, Robert The Decorated Body Levi-Strauss, Claude The Raw and the Cooked Mascia-Lees, Frances E. and Sharpe, Patricia The Marked and ... read more

Lobe piercing at Rites of Passage

e piercing at Rites of Passage Lobe piercing at Rites of Passage 1. Who Why me, of course. 2. What A multiple lobe piercing experience at Rites of Passage. I previously had 2 1/2" 14ga CBR's in each lobe and I wanted to double that. 3. Why I've always liked the look of multiple lobe piercings and with a job change to a much more laid back environment, I would be able to finally do it without getting any crap from the pseudo management wannabes that always seemed to take an inordinate amount of interest in what other people wanted ... read more

Nipple Piercing Experience

cing Experience Date: Thu, 26 Sep 1996 15:52:31 -0400 From: M. Nipple Piercing Experience Some years back, I was interested in sun dancing. This is a native American Indian rite which involves men piercing their breasts, attaching a tether to the object throught the piercing and leaning back against the tether which was attached to a pole. The men would enter into a meditative state rythmically dancing to drum beating. This would last for a few days until the piercings would tear through. When I read of this I decided to pierce myself in honor of this rite and pierced ... read more

Falling into the Abyss ...

ling into the Abyss ... Friedrich Nietzsche wrote "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster; and when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you". Like most quotations, this can mean many things to many people. To me it sums up my journey into piercing in a neat little package. Bear with me for this lengthy ramble and you'll find out why. In so many personal accounts of piercing I've read words to the effect of "I was always drawn towards piercing". It's become almost a ... read more

My Christmas Present

Christmas Present My Christmas Present After I broke up with a girl who ended up stealing around $1000 from me, I decided to get my ear pierced. For me, the best form of revenge is to have a fabulous life and an ear ring was the subtle symbol that I was looking for to let her know that I had moved on. Besides, I thought that they were reasonably cool and that it would look good on me. So anyway, no big deal, I went and got my left ear pierced in March 1996. Soon after that I got access ... read more

Large Upper Ear Piercing Done Using A Dermal Punch

Ear Piercing Done Using A Dermal Punch Large Upper Ear Piercing Done Using A Dermal Punch Stretching lobes is currently very popular, and is a very easy thing to do. However, stretching the cartilage in the upper ear for large holes is nearly impossible and would leave a very deformed ear, often due to keloiding. To get nice large gauge piercings through upper ear cartilage a good way is to use a dermal punch, which is essentially a circular razor blade (like a really good hole-punch) which can easily remove a circle of tissue. It should be noted that when ... read more

Bad piercing experience...

piercing experience... Bad piercing experience... I had a bad piercing experience. I was at a tent during a bazar (spelling?), and they were offering $25.00 nipple piercings. I thought, what the hell and decided to bite the bullet and take it. I walked into the back of the tent with the piercing "specialist" (I use the term lightly) and was shown a variety of rings that I could choose from. I chose a small gauge silver wire with a small bead on it. I thought, "Hey, if I don't like it, I can take it out." The piercing itself was ... read more

BME BOD MOD SQUICK

BOD MOD SQUICK Pat Fish's inadvertant piercing Seems like the stories behind medical events are never quite as dramatic as we might wish. There I was, up on an antique stepstool I inherited from my Grandmother, putting lettuce in a fishtank in my tattoo studio. Next thing I knew, a misstep had propelled me to the cement floor and I was an industrial statistic with a bone shattered into 20 pieces. The two inches of radius next to the wrist bones were visible in the x-rays as a mass of shards, and I was fortunate indeed to have access to ... read more

Switching to the role of the piercer

tching to the role of the piercer My ex-boyfriend was rather unadorned and unhappy with his condition. For quite some time he had wanted piercings but was unable to get them because he was a minor and his mother would not consent. So, lacking much of an alternative, he turned to me. I was planning a trip to Atlanta and he asked me to return with a piercing needle and jewelry so that i could pierce his earlobes. I came back prepared to pierce when he finished performing in the community play (it would be rather difficult to portray an ... read more

Nipple Piercing Experience

cing Experience Date: Thu, 26 Sep 1996 20:29:45 -0700 From: RM Nipple Piercing Experience I'd never much been into bm's. In fact, I never even really thought about them. To go further and be ruthlessly honest, when I did consider them, I always wondered why anyone would want to hack around with their body like that. It's amazing how your ideas can change. Before I begin, let's set the scene. I'm gay. Needless to say, I have a load of gay friends. Most of the gays I know are pretty adventurous people in some respects - let's face it, we ... read more

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