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Ink Rubbing Delight

I found out in my teens that I got pleasure and confidence from DIY body mods. The usual angst led to cutting for the pleasure/pain buzz and branding too. I now use ink rubbing as a permanent and satisfying form of self-marking. I do have 'proper' tattoos from studios and I love them, they're all very personal too and I enjoy the colors I have in them but my own work has made me feel more at home in my skin. Simple things like the black dots I have on my toes, make me more confident in my body and ... read more

No regrets - first self branding

I became interested in trying self-branding the moment I first heard about it. It seemed like such a simple thing to do and yet the message given by the branded designs I saw was unbelievably profound. How did I first hear about it? Through an article in my high school newspaper. An article was published on self-branding, as a result of some students being careless with their scars and being caught, prompting the need for "awareness". I'm sure the school meant it as a deterrent, yet all it did for me (and several other students I'm sure) was give me ... read more

My Fist Self-Branding

Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by body modifications. I started piercing my own ears when I was around 14, and by the time I was 17 I ended up with an industrial, 3 cartilage, 2 gauged lobes, eyebrow, nostril, tongue, and navel. Any who, with my mother not consenting to anymore piercings and me being too young to legally be tattooed I began looking into scarification. I don't really know what caught my eye about burning, save for the fact that it was something I was completely terrified about doing and I always have been one ... read more

An Anchor for Strength

What started out as being just an idea for something I thought would look cool, ended up being an endurance test far beyond what I'd foreseen. Having recently taken an interest in skin removal scarifications, I had tried a small project on myself with good results. Shortly after, the wheels in my head started turning until I decided firmly on cutting the shape of an anchor into my leg, above my knee and a bit to the outside. I thought about it all day at work, planning it out, strategizing the process. I found a graphic of an anchor that ... read more

A memorable experience

I had been daydreaming about large scarification pieces for quite a while. I find heavily scarred bodies to be very beautiful. I also find complete ownership over one's body to be a beautiful thing. I was bored with the bareness of my skin. I am a tactile person, so the idea of adding new texture to my skin is appealing. I knew that my first scarification would be somehow animal related, considering my affection for the animal kingdom. I wanted to devote a portion of my skin to the creatures that bring happiness to me. I drew up a picture ... read more

Enlightenment doesn't come without pain

I'll start at the end, I always think it's a good place to begin, as I'm writing this my arm is still pulsing and tingling from just having my upper right arm cut and quite a bit of skin peeling done by Luke in Leeds, UK, It all started about 6 weeks ago when I was trying to think about a design for a full arm tattoo and I just couldn't think of anything, then one day I came across a design on a DVD cover and thought it world look amazing as a cutting, days passed and I was ... read more

My Star Scar

I never used to think I'd ever get a scarification... I liked the look of them on other people, but never thought that that were for me. Part of the reason for this was that I'd had a problem with self harm. To me, my scars were not pretty things, they were things to be ashamed of that I had to work on hiding away. A show of emotional weakness. Something to be embarrassed about. Also, I like bright colours. If I'm having things on my body I don't like them to be plain and simple. Another reason was I ... read more

My M Cutting Experience

I know, I know. All of you are probably thinking "what the hell is he doing, carving a letter into his flesh? It's probably the name of some girl he likes or something. God I hope she dumps him so he can realize the stupidity of what he has just done to himself. See, I knew it right? Well, you guys were right about one thing. It is a letter that belongs to someone of the opposite sex that I am very attracted to. Not only am I attracted to her physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. I don't ... read more

my first self-done piece

I decided about a month ago that I wanted to do a scarification piece to resemble a time in my life. The last few years have been rough for me, I've had to deal with some things I wont go into, but I've had to deal with them on my own, which eventually led to self-harm, and I wanted something that related to my self-harming days, but was not actually directly self-harming. First I had to decide what it was that I wanted to put on my body, it was a tough decision as due to it being a scarification ... read more

My designs

All my life, I have been depressed. About 11 years ago, I started cutting myself. It was a way for me to gain control when I had no control over anything else in my life. I dont condone cutting at all, and I wish that I had never started doing it, but you can't change the past. I had always looked at websites about other cutters, and read their stories and experiences. One day I stumbled upon someone who wrote about carving a design into their skin instead of just simply cutting themselves. The idea was planted in my mind, ... read more

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