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My Brandings

From: Greg K. As a startlingly tenatious misanthrope [one would hope to get over the annoyance prompted by social interaction but, as I say, tenatious] I have never been able to deal with the trust associatied with tattooing; "They have never slipped before so I WILL be the first". This mistrust has prompted many a session spent pooring over TATTOO magazine trying to figure a way to do bodyart to myself, by myself. Let me tell you, MIRRORS DONT WORK WELL FOR THIS. Via this path I came to branding; I can design it, plan it and DO it myself! ... read more

Snug Experience

ence Date: Tue, 01 Oct 1996 02:05:41 -0400 From: Luis G. SNUG EXPERIENCE OK well I was at the Philly R.A.B. Munch and was itching to get pierced once more. I wanted a "hard core" cartilage piercing (as I call em). I already had two daiths, so I wanted something that is not very common, as more and more people in my area (DC) were getiing Daiths. So I decided to get a Snug I had fallen in love with the pics of the snug on BME, so I said "I gotta have one". Went in and talked to Jim ... read more

Nipple Piercing Experience

cing Experience Date: Thu, 26 Sep 1996 15:52:31 -0400 From: M. Nipple Piercing Experience Some years back, I was interested in sun dancing. This is a native American Indian rite which involves men piercing their breasts, attaching a tether to the object throught the piercing and leaning back against the tether which was attached to a pole. The men would enter into a meditative state rythmically dancing to drum beating. This would last for a few days until the piercings would tear through. When I read of this I decided to pierce myself in honor of this rite and pierced ... read more

Falling into the Abyss ...

ling into the Abyss ... Friedrich Nietzsche wrote "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster; and when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you". Like most quotations, this can mean many things to many people. To me it sums up my journey into piercing in a neat little package. Bear with me for this lengthy ramble and you'll find out why. In so many personal accounts of piercing I've read words to the effect of "I was always drawn towards piercing". It's become almost a ... read more

MY EXPERIENCE GIVING MY FIRST PIERCING

EXPERIENCE GIVING MY FIRST PIERCING MY EXPERIENCE GIVING MY FIRST PIERCING by Heather Goldberg Ever since I've been getting piercings of my own, I wondered constantly what it would be like on the other end of the needle. Nick, who works [worked] at Forbiddin Art in Philadelphia, promised to give me that chance. He told me that as soon as I saw him again (I go to school three hours away) he'd give me a short lesson, then let me give him a simple piercing. I arrived in Philadelphia last Friday evening, and Nick skated down to the train station ... read more

The Holey Man

an Date: Fri, 27 Sep 1996 00:54:05 -0400 From: Joseph G. The Holey Man My name is Joseph, AKA The Holey Man. My tats include a highly stylized, near tribal spider and a Yin Yang on the upper left arm, The Buddha sitting on the seven headed cobra Mucalinda on the upper right arm, and an elfin she-warrior from the right ankle to the knee. On May 22, 1996 after watching my younger daughter get her navel pierced I got into a conversation with the piercer about how my career as a psychotherapist and Deputy clinical director at a local ... read more

My Christmas Present

Christmas Present My Christmas Present After I broke up with a girl who ended up stealing around $1000 from me, I decided to get my ear pierced. For me, the best form of revenge is to have a fabulous life and an ear ring was the subtle symbol that I was looking for to let her know that I had moved on. Besides, I thought that they were reasonably cool and that it would look good on me. So anyway, no big deal, I went and got my left ear pierced in March 1996. Soon after that I got access ... read more

The Shifting Urban Body: In the Culture of Recognition

Shifting Urban Body: In the Culture of Recognition The Shifting Urban Body: In the Culture of Recognition. Copyright &copy 1995 Mike McCabe On their voyages across the surface of the earth, 15th and 16th century maritime explorers referred to the unknown regions of the globe as Terra-Incognita or uncharted territory. They roamed the surface of the world blindly, unaware of the significance of its contour. Without the luxury of a map, early explorers had no meaningful framework that could orient them in their travels, there was no top or bottom to anything. There was nothing but the stars to help ... read more

Bad piercing experience...

piercing experience... Bad piercing experience... I had a bad piercing experience. I was at a tent during a bazar (spelling?), and they were offering $25.00 nipple piercings. I thought, what the hell and decided to bite the bullet and take it. I walked into the back of the tent with the piercing "specialist" (I use the term lightly) and was shown a variety of rings that I could choose from. I chose a small gauge silver wire with a small bead on it. I thought, "Hey, if I don't like it, I can take it out." The piercing itself was ... read more

Playing with Fire

By Michelle Delio One second of exposure to searing hot metal, perhaps a sizzling sound and the thinnest wisp of smoke, and the first strike is done. It's the beginning of a piece of art that will be formed from flames and scars. Branding isn't new. In western cultures it was normally used as a means of marking criminals and slaves. The French branded a "Fleur de Lis" into the shoulder of a criminal, a mark meant to turn the bearer into an outcast from civilized culture forever. But then they got a little carried away and started branding Protestants ... read more

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