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Soul Cleansing by Keith Alexander

n Wednesday, October 8, 1997, I experienced, 'I' being my body on the physical and 'I' being my soul on the ethereal/spiritual level, an hour and a half of pure ecstasy and physical enlightenment. I had experimented with pleasure piercing before meeting Keith Alexander. Through a mutual learning experience, a friend and I had pinned me with as many as sixty-eight, twenty and twent-two gauge needles from above the genitals to the nipples. I found out about Keith via the internet and after meeting with him, quickly recognized his level of enthusiasm and professionalism for the art of body play. ... read more

The Moko

b>Note: at the end of this article is a rebuttal I saw an ad for Polaroid recently that consisted of a polaroid picture of a guy with a full facial moko (as well as a bald head and what appears to be at least a 4 ga hoop through his earlobe). The copy is a dialogue between two parents about their daughter's new boyfriend, the picture of whom they were about to receive, and about how maybe they should invite him to Thanksgiving. Now, the implications of this ad are obvious; won't the parents be shocked and dismayed to see ... read more

Ritual Nipple Piercing experience

ual Nipple Piercing experience From: dextra@ambient.on.ca (Ambient Inc.) Newsgroups: rec.arts.bodyart Subject: Ritual Nipple Piercing experience Date: 19 Dec 1996 21:34:58 GMT This past Sunday as part of the Beyond Pain weekend, there was a workshop given by Cleo Dubois entitled Sensual SM Magic and Body Ecstasy at Saw Gallery in Ottawa. The day before in the same space we had enjoyed watching "DANCES SACRED AND PROFANE" and discussing Fakir's Sun Dance ceremony, the use of other cultures' rituals as templates for ones own, the power and intimacy established, and some pitfalls of performance. Sunday afternoon we listened to the experienced ... read more

YOU WANT TO DO WHAT? WHERE?

DO WHAT? WHERE? WOMEN'S STORIES AROUND THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH BODYART Kelly Boyd August 24, 1995 Email: ksboyd@sfu.ca Formatted/divided for HTML by Shannon Larratt / BME. Please excuse any errors in translation. If you would like to have the whole file, you can download it here - I think it's a WinWord 2.0 file, so if you can't read those, don't download it! FOREWORD INTRODUCTION ORIENTATION PHENOMENOLOGICAL ORIENTATION FEMINIST ORIENTATION METHODOLOGY STORIES RESULTS FIRST ANALYSIS SECOND ANALYSIS THIRD ANALYSIS DIAGRAM PAUSE DISCUSSION MY STORY ANALYSIS AFTERWARD APPENDIX Return to BME Go to NEXT file FOREWORD read more

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

The Shifting Urban Body: In the Culture of Recognition

Shifting Urban Body: In the Culture of Recognition The Shifting Urban Body: In the Culture of Recognition. Copyright &copy 1995 Mike McCabe On their voyages across the surface of the earth, 15th and 16th century maritime explorers referred to the unknown regions of the globe as Terra-Incognita or uncharted territory. They roamed the surface of the world blindly, unaware of the significance of its contour. Without the luxury of a map, early explorers had no meaningful framework that could orient them in their travels, there was no top or bottom to anything. There was nothing but the stars to help ... read more

My First Mhendi

First Mhendi My First Mhendi So I am now typing with my left hand delightfully decorated a yummy shade of sienna. It looks so pretty I just keep staring at it... it's almost hypnotic! I had gone to 3 Indian stores Thursday but wanted to go to the one a couple of minutes away from my home... so did that this morning. I found the most gentle woman working there... one who took over an hour showing me around the small store, describing the different foods and such... and then, sharing her knowledge of mhendi with me. Her daughter, who ... read more

Woad Beta-FAQ

AQ Woad Beta-FAQ Some woad info provided by Pat Fish A WEAVER'S GARDEN by Rita Buchanan Interweave Press, Colorado '87 ISBN 0-934026-28-9 WOAD Isatis tinctoria Mustard family. May have been the first plant cultivated for its pigment. By far the most widely used dyestuff in Europe for centuries, prior to the introduction of indigo from India in the 1600's. An easy-to-grow and reliable source of blue dye. Germanic name "weeda" source of "weed." Grows in a "weedy" wind dispersed manner. Likes full sun and moisture and rich compost. 12"-15" apart. Basal rosette of oblong, slightly hairy leaves first season. 6"-18" ... read more

EUNUCHS IN INDIA

UCHS IN INDIA EUNUCHS IN INDIA It has been estimated that there are at least a million eunuchs in India. They are known as hijra, and make their livings as beggars, prostitutes and by removing "bad luck". Visitors to India can frequently see groups of gaudily dressed hijra outside large railway stations. They beg for money and, if you refuse, you will be loudly cursed and they will expose the area between their legs where their genitals used to be. Many of them have also had this area branded, so that at first glance they appear to be women. The ... read more

Various motivations for lip sewing:

>Various motivations for lip sewing: Religious/spiritual sacrifice/devotion primarily practiced among ascetic holy men in India (Sadhus) and in this case the sutures are relatively permanent (i.e. if the sutures rot over time, they may be replaced). Confrontational Performance (i.e. see Artaud's essay on the subject or read Hakim Bey's Poetic Terrorism) For example, the lip sewing that Daemon did on Mikey in 1993 was a social commentary on the issue of censorship (specifically: the police raid and confiscation of art and subsequent charge of pornography of the artist) and how we are being silenced by the policies of our right-wing ... read more

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