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Coming out of the branding closet

Today I am going to come out of the closet. I can lie no more. And if you can't accept what I'm about to tell you, that's your own fault. My closet is not the closet of homosexuality, though I was put in my closet by an equally non-accepting society. Every person in this class room put me in this closet. Every person in this school put me in this closet. Many of my friends shut the door. Even my own family helped to push me in. But today, whether you approve or not, I am jumping out. Over Christmas ... read more

"Do you smell something burning or is it just me?"

PART 2: Branding from the Brander's point of view If you haven't read part one, than I think that you should go back and read it before you get into this one. Before we get started, let me tell you about myself. I've been into body modification for quite a bit of time. My total so far is ten, eight piercings, one tattoo, and a small cutting I performed 5 years ago on my right foot(it didn't turn out that well). Most recently I've found myself doing quite a bit of research into modifying the body from a shamanic as ... read more

REBIRTH

I stood before the mirror contemplating my reflection. I pitied the women that my eyes beheld. I knew who she was, she was a giving spirit, she was a goddess, she was a warrior. Yet, darkness had been cast upon her image, imposed upon her by another, one who could not perceive the consequences of mundane actions, violating her purity, blurring with shadows the beauty and power of her essence. And I rejected that image that I perceived in that glass and I left my home in an attempt to escape from myself, yearning for rebirth. I knew where I ... read more

My Cutting Experience

After having several piercing done at Explosive Tattoo by Toby Nolte, and using his advice on stretching my ears, He threw the idea of cutting my left ears 2 holes together a 4 ga, and a 6 ga. I left the shop with a new idea, and possibly a plan for the future. I began to think about the idea of it, having a half- inch hole in my ear. The more and more I thought about it the more I began to like it. I had always admired the larger jewelry but thought it was something I would never ... read more

Cutting at M.A.B.

I've been thinking about getting a scarification for quite some time, but life being what it is, things never seemed to gel. At long last, late this August everything seemed to come together - a driving force, an artistic inspiration, and an artist -Keith Alexander of Modern American BodyArts in NYC. The reasoning behind my desire for the cutting, besides aesthetics, was the fact that I self-injure. Or rather, am a recovering self-injurer. This summer, I reached a point when I realized that this was no longer an effective coping mechanism, and that I needed to stop somehow. After hours ... read more

Penis branding!

Well, since I talked to you last, I was playing around with a meatotomy, and later moving on to a head splitting. I ran into some serious problems, well to me at least. I was making a cut in the head splitting, and started bleeding pretty badly. eventually it stopped, but I decided that I would go no further with my head splitting. I now needed something else to do to my penis, so I thought about some home tattooing of the head. I would take some of that Oragel, or the stuff that makes sore teeth numb, and rub ... read more

DNA Scarification

I've been thinking about getting a scarification for quite some time, but life being what it is, things never seemed to gel. At long last, late this August everything seemed to come together - a driving force, an artistic inspiration, and an artist -Keith Alexander of Modern American BodyArts in NYC. I talked with some trusted friends, just to further solidify my ideas, and get a sense of how the public would react. On the whole, they were quite positive - with the majority stating that though it wasn't for them , that if I felt strongly about it, I ... read more

Brand new brand...

ObBodMod: Mabey it's part of my mod withdrawl symptoms, but I have had this unitchable itch to get modded. Mabey that and the shortage on the cash flow latley (and the fact that I've always wanted to mod myself, just never had the nerve). Whatever the case maybe, I got a branding last night - by me. One question first off, by definition - because I am not an arteest...is this not art and mutilation? I'm serious, what do people think about self mods? On with the show... I've been working my ass off latley here at work, which means ... read more

My Cuttings

What follows is basically my RAB posting written right after the cutting and then a postscript witten about a month later. I finally received a cutting yesterday evening by the talented Keith Alexander. I say finally, even though I only found my design last week, I had been thinking of getting a cutting for awhile. So, what did I get? I have two Chinese characters cut into my skin, I guess you would call it the lower abdomen area. It's the area that is below my belly but above my pubic hairline. Each character is about a little bit bigger ... read more

The Cutting

It was Sunday and the day was winding down. I had been trying not to think about the cutting to much, because it just made me nervous as all get up. This was my first cutting, so I wasn't sure quite what to expect. Chef and BJ (who both have cuttings themselves) helped out alot with that area, by answering any questions I had about it. We hadn't really made a set time for when we would do the piece, we were just kind of winging it. When I saw Keith come out with some gloves on, my stomach just ... read more

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