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EDGE PLAY

k was with me last night and I was able to attend the cutting/scarring demonstration that Keith Alexander presented as part of "Edge Play", this week's program at the GMSMA (Gay Male S/M Activists) here in beautiful downtown New York City. Keith began with a concise and informative 15-minute talk, covering the safety measures (copious), legality (barely), and aesthetics of cutting. Anyone who's met Keith in person will be happy to know that he's the same confident and expert self when talking to a group as he is one-on-one. He took a few quick questions from the audience before introducing ... read more

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

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

A Brief Non-Linear Piercing History

rief Non-Linear Piercing History A Brief Non-Linear Piercing History The purpose of this list is to dispel certain popular myths and misinformation circulated about different body piercings and to clarify terms wherever possible. My list focuses on piercings that appear in the ethnographic or historical literature. Recent piercings like the Madison, Christina, Cleopatra, Madonna, Nasion and others have not been included. Please note that many of the references supplied by "the father of modern piercing" Doug Malloy (a.k.a. Richard Symington) cannot be verified and should be considered folklore. If you know of any historical or ethnographic references that are not ... read more

Mehandi

ehandi Mehandi An Ancient Art For Modern Primitives By Michelle Delio My first passport to the wide, wonderful world of body art came in the form of a huge stack of back issues of "National Geographic" magazine. I immediately dove deeply into that yellow bordered stack and didn't surface again for a long, long time. My brothers, of course, used NatGeo as their introduction to the fascinating concept of naked breasts, while I was enraptured with the uninhibited way that the people pictured chose to decorate their bodies. The wonderful tribal scars of Africa, the tattooed Yakuzas of Japan, and ... read more

My Second Mhendi

Second Mhendi My Second Mhendi And I am finding alternative mediums that stain as the henna is most cumbersome to work with. The best thing I have found so far is sunless suntan lotion (ssl). I put it in a craft bottle with a tiny holed tip and use it that way. I have done my foot and ankle that way... but am not exactly sure how to explain the setting process... not sure if leaving it on does it or if squirting in in the design, then washing it off will do it. It's harder in a way since ... 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

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