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My Self Branding

About a year ago I decided that I wanted a brand. Now, instead of calling around to the local studios to see if any of them did brands, I decided to do it myself, which, I'll say now, was not the best idea.

My first step was to think of a simple, yet meaningful design. After a while, and about two bowls, I came up with my design, an inverted triangular spiral – the meaning behind it...there are layers on top of layers as to what everything means, me, the world, society, the people around me, everything has layers, that depending on how you interpret them, will say something different to each person.

Next, I had to figure out what to use to make the brand, after searching the garage for some ideas, I settled on some floral wire, you know the stuff they use to wrap fake floral arrangements together...yeah, that stuff. So I went to a corporate driven store and bought a pack, came home and used some pliers to bend into my desired shape.

Now was the time to be serious. I had decided to put the brand on the middle of my chest, in between my breasts. First thing I did was to light a candle, then the bowl (so not a good idea). By the time I had got the courage up to do this I was fairly stoned. I figured every time I had done a self mod I was stoned so why break tradition.

I got the wire, stuck it in the flame and left it until it was glowing red. Then I just stuck the glowing metal into my skin. As I pressed the wire into my flesh I could hear it burning, and it hurt, a lot. My hand was shaking so bad, I could barely keep the pressure, but I managed to leave it there for about ten seconds, and then pulled it out, and admired my new brand. I wasn't sure if it was deep enough, so I did it again, my hand shaking even more this time. By now my skin was numb, so I did it one last time, just to be sure.

I came down and put some gauze on it, just to make sure nothing got into the laceration. The next day I decided it wouldn't be deep enough, so I did the whole process over again, making sure to line it up exactly as it was the night before.

 After a few days it began to scab over, only the scab was looking infected. I peeled the scab off and let another rebuild. This one looked worse than the last, so I peeled it off and put some antibacterial cream on it.  When my brand was healing, the brand was inset into the skin, and was looking totally wicked, but after using the antibacterial cream it evened out with my skin. It looks nothing like 'conventional' brands. But more so just a lightened area of skin, but its very obvious as to what it was meant to be, and one day I plan on getting it outlined in ink, just to make it a little more firm.

There's a few things I've learned from my branding experience. Don't do brands yourself, they hurt too damn much to be able to do them correctly when its your own flesh burning. Another thing, floral wire, although it seemed like a good idea at the time, was way too flimsy to get the best results, and lastly, getting stoned before inflicting great amounts of pain on yourself is never a good idea. I could deal with it when gauging my ears, and even when getting a piercing done by a professional, but the pain is different when you're piercing your skin with a sharp, slick needle and when you're burning your flesh away with a blunt red – hot object.

Although many people might think this has turned me away from branding altogether, it has done no such thing. It has made me want even more brands and body mods in general. I, as I'm sure a lot of the mod community, have found the pain associated with brands, tats, and piercings to be the greatest rush of all. I love the adrenaline that rushes through my body before the needle devours my flesh.

I have learned to never, with maybe the exception of stretching, take your mods into your own hands. People are trained to do this shit, go to them and let them do it. Never, never underestimate the power of piercers, I'm very loyal to my piercing studio, and they have never done me wrong. I'm always looking for a new way to modify my body, with further mods I'll bring you more experiences. Just remember...go to the trained professionals to do what you need to do.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 07 July 2004
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