Venturing Down The Path! With Hooks In My Back!

To first get a feel for why this experience occurred on May.19, 2002 we must take a trip into my past. For the past couple of years my birthday has been nothing but uneventful to say the least. While I was living in the Caribbean my birthday consisted of my mother and father taking me out to eat at the restaurant of my choosing followed by my heading out to the club to get rather intoxicated. When I finally made my returned to Toronto and the body modification "scene" I than began to do body modification to immortalize my birth-date. ... read more

my own personal nirvana

What is it that gives someone the desire to put their own body to tests that are deemed "abnormal" by modern society? What is it that makes us get tattooed and pierced, as opposed to climbing a mountain, or swimming across a lake? Each person has their own reason for doing the things that they do, no matter how similar these reasons may appear, be it reasons of mental health, or even just cosmetic, everyone's reasoning is unique. Just over a year ago I was first introduced to "modern suspension". Seeing one of my best friends suspended in the air ... read more

Healing Myself-The story of my first brand

Well, I think a brief introduction is in order, I have been interested in body modifications and how they affect higher planes of thinking for as long as I can remember. As a child I had dreams of suspension, although I did not know anything about this practice, in these dreams it was usually a suicide or knee suspension, quite often it I woke up feeling a throbbing where the hooks had been in my dreams. I've always wanted permanent piercings for this reason, but alas the back piercings while have to wait. Anyway, back to the present, I decided ... read more

My rite of passsage.

It was about 10 years ago that neo-primitive ritualism first truly came into my life. I had been raised in a moderately strict baptist christian home and through the years become somewhat disillusioned with the faith of my family, though the moral value held true. I feel that maybe I should preface this a little more, you see, from the earliest time I can remember I had always been fascinated with primitive people, I can remember doing everything I could to get my hands on materials that had something to do with primitive living people. I had 'read' every anthropology ... read more

:: veritas vincent part II ::

Can one re-discover a connection with God by ritually piercing the skin and hanging? I ask this question because on the evening of August 5, 2001, I suspended for the first time. Western culture generally regards suspensions as a deviant practice, one that uses religious mimicry to achieve a false sense of validation. However, based on my experience, I believe suspensions to be valuable, educational, and spiritual. To help explain this, I will discuss reasons for suspending, appropriate timing, history, and ritualistic suspensions. Ritualistic suspension, to me, involves a period of self preparation (see note 1), a ritualized piercing ceremony, ... read more

Trust in close friends

The weekend of April 21, 2002 was a very defining moment in my life with people I now feel closer to than I ever have with anyone, but on a different level of trust and closeness. Once of the best piercers I have encountered ever since I started being stabbed 6 years ago, Alex from Comes A Time, was able to make a pulling happen for me. Which, I wanted to experience for quite some time now. The atmosphere was wonderful with some frankincense and myrrh burning along with some music all to ease the mind. I was being pulled ... read more

I tend to keep my promises

I tend to keep my promises. In September of 2001, I had the pleasure of attending Sean Phillip's BBQ Social. It was the fateful day I met Bruce AKA Dr. Scorpio which would start me on the path to being spiritually healthy and happy. I was attending the Social primarily to meet some really beautiful people from IAM and to support my friend Bill while he did his first Pull. I will admit to the same close-minded thoughts people who are ignorant of the Ritual Aspects of Body Modification would have. I could not fathom why he would want to ... read more

Suspensions: External Entertainment for an Internal Objective?

A Little Background History: National Geographic was my first look at body adornment in non-Western cultures. I was eight or nine years old and the photos of people with coffee coasters in their ears and lips, rings through their noses, beautiful scarification and ornate tattoos and rings of brass coiled around necks of women—all these fascinated me. These images burned their places into my memory. As my body and mind grew into that of a defiant teenager and I began to see around me more and more people with non-ear piercings, it was obvious to me that I would end ... read more

IHUNG PULLING

A pulling is something that has interested me and I told myself that I would do a few before I actually did a suspension. Although I don't really know how I can compare the two. In the following I will discuss the two pullings I have completed and the highlights of the two. If you are reading this and are considering doing a pulling and want to know specific details feel free to contact me. It's really hard to describe the sensation I get but I will try to the best of my ability. My first pulling was performed in ... read more

How I became part of TSD

By request a long time ago by glam*rockstar the epic saga of a lone yankee in Dallas looking for friends and finding TSD. Sept 14th '96, I moved to Dallas from Milwaukee WI to attend the Art institute of Dallas to learn computer animation. Amazed at how many piercing shops there were in this city I started to tour them looking for part time work or even apprentice-ship as a piercer. After a two hour bus ride I got to Obscurities one afternoon to get my tongue gauged up (now at a 6G) I was just hanging out talking with ... read more

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