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Painful yet Profound

I had never been a person who was interested in piercings or tattoos or modifications of any type. I thought it was disgusting that that there was something wrong with people who would "mark" their bodies. As I began to age, I realized that there is much more to modification than that. I began to have friends who had piercings and tattoos. My best friend dyed her hair and later created dreadlocks. This was a whole new and interesting world for me. I work in retail part time and I had seen a girl who had a funny shaped "scar" ... read more

My Wife Etched a Harp In My Arm!

This is my story..... I am a 32 year old tattoo maniac. I am covered. I am also a diabetic, and that means no piercings for me. My wife is a piercer, and we are always thinking about piercings that she can't do on me. Sometimes you just want new, different things in life, ya know? Bummer. I felt bad since she never could do any of her wizardry on me. She is so great as a piercer. About a year ago, I was cruising the web,checking out the Rings of Desire website from New Orleans, and I read about ... read more

Some people Live. Some people Burn.

I hadn't really thought much about branding. Like most people, I related it to cattle as a mark of ownership, and nothing more. Things changed... And I'm glad they did. A few months ago, I drew a shooting star design which I thought would look nice tattooed either side of my navel. I redesigned it a few times, and after wondering what pregnancy would do to them, I decided not to have them tattooed on my stomach. I'm not too found of my lower half anyway, so I thought instead I could put them somewhere else. The idea was to ... read more

self branding = happy girl

Even before I found BME, I've been playing around with the idea of branding. There's something about the entire ordeal that draws me in. Then, that day when I stumbled over BME, everything took a whole new light to it. My little playing with heated metal on my skin was a real thing? Not just done by me? It can be done professionally? It was so great, I now had all these written tales of others who had done their own scarification, and I spent hours reading up on them. All the while, pictures in my head grew of new ... read more

i bleed like a mother....

I was always interested in getting scarification done. It was a type of body modification that interested me. I knew there were a few studios around here that did that, but I wasn't too sure who was the best. Well I did some research and found Howard at tattoomania. He said I had a really nice skin tone to scar. He said it would come out really nicely. We discussed various designs and locations of where I would get it. At first I wanted a starburst behind my right calf. He drew a few designs, and I didn't find those ... read more

An honest feeling

I had finally decided to get branded. It was something that I had talked about and wanted to do for a long time but hadn't got around to. I had a few ideas of designs that I would have liked on my body, but one that I had sketched stuck with me. I looked at it nearly every other day for a couple months and kept a copy of it in my bag. I wanted to make sure that it was right for me. The design was two spiral like shapes, that would go on my stomach on either side ... read more

My last cutting ever

Let me tell you first, I don't really recommend cutting yourself up to anyone. You have to be really careful about this, like with any body modification, of course but especially with cutting, it can turn into a weird addiction just like the one I had. Okay, enough of the scolding and warning bit, story time! I've being experiencing some problems with self-mutilation, cutting and burning myself self at various places over my body, just because I didn't like myself at all and couldn't stand the way my body was made. It's being an issue for years and it still ... read more

A Cut Above the Rest (Actually, above the ankle)

   - Let me start off by saying that I don't recommend doing body modifications by yourself, unless you realize that you can hurt yourself and you should be prepared for any and all complications.. (There's a lesson here, do your research!)     I'm not quite sure I remember how I decided that I wanted to perform my own scarification, mainly it was that I wanted to do something to myself that was beautiful and that was mine, totally in the physical and spiritual sense.. and I had at one point wanted to have the procedure professionally done, but I ... read more

Moving from self-mutilation to self-modification

This is a story about cutting/scarification, by a long-time cutter. I am a cutter in the sense that I self-injure, and I have struggled with this urge in some shape or form for most of my life. NOTE: Self-multilation is a serious psychological disorder, and anyone who is a cutter or self-mutilator should seek professional help. I do not, in the process of writing out my experience and explaining the background for it, intend in any way to promote or glorify cutting or self-injury. I merely want to describe my personal journey from self-injury to self-acceptance through the process of ... read more


Branding myself was never something I had really put much thought to. I had more interests in tattoos. I had seen pictures of some really beautiful Brands, like the angel wings on Jessica's back down by Alva Richcreek. So on my recent vacation to Florida, I finally got to see Jessica's back for real, and I was even more impressed. They were healed and obviously professionally done. Seeing her wings made me want a Brand. Then I met Alva, and then I had to have one of his Brands. To say that he impressed me is an understatement. It just ... read more

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