Nearly a decade ago Modblog covered Rachel’s extraocular implant.
Recently there has been a surge in news sources covering a woman paying $3,000 to have the same procedure done in New York City. Comparatively Rachel paid about $900 USD including the flight! Six months after Rachel’s procedure there were a few cases of the media claiming that a few people in California were the first Americans to have it done. So not only is this topic not a new trend, it’s already been done in the United States, been covered, and it was already full of misinformation!
Now we all know more “conventional” news sources aren’t always up to date on what’s going on with the body modification community, but waiting almost 10 years to tout something as a “new fad” is a bit excessive. Even a quick internet search would let you know this has been going on for years, and that for 3 grand you could have a hell of a vacation in the Netherlands AND have the procedure done! It seems like there should be a bit more investigation work when it comes to hyping a body modification publicly.
It has always been interesting to me as a body piercer to see certain things randomly gain popularity. Forward helix piercings have been around since the dawn of time but I can’t begin to explain how frequently I’ve been asked about them this year. It leads me to wonder what else the mainstream media may finally discover and decide is the new cool and/or a danger to your children.
How do you feel about popular news sources picking up on body modifications? These articles expose a new audience to things they have never seen, but are often times filled with misinformation and spun in a negative light. Is it our job to shout back?
Personally I’m holding my breath for when USA Today figures out what a subincision
is, what a headline that will be!
3 point Vampyra suspension at the 2013 Vampire Ball submitted by toddy.
Credit: Rev Butcher, Circus Carnis, Western Australia
Happy Halloween ModBloggers! Franky says, “Have a great night filled with horror and candy!”
Credit: love everyone
The photo really says it all, doesn’t it? Submitted by len.sirmanovitch with artist credit to Veg in Dijon, France.
Photographer: Robert’s Photography
Funny aren’t I? Hopefully MilesR will forgive me for the lame title I’ve attached to this post. The hardest part of a ModBlog entry, for me, is coming up with a title! This was a first-time suspension and it looks like it was a success!
More suicide suspensions on BME.com.
Happy weekend everyone! Here’s a BME girl to start your weekend off the right way. I’m sorry I don’t have more information but the photo was submitted anonymously.
Want to see more like this? Check out BME Girls on BME.com.
Happy Thanksgiving to all you Canadian ModBloggers out there.
The following was submitted by chasethebeard, credit goes to Chase Suarez or Troy, MI. With Halloween around the corner, this seemed appropriate.
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It’s very easy to objectify someone who’s contributions to the world were as immeasurable as those of my friend Shannon Larratt’s. To forgive his flaws or to focus to heavily on them would do him a great disservice. I sit here on what would be his 40th birthday, staring at pictures of him taken throughout the tenure of our nearly two decade friendship and find myself missing him for the strangest reasons; remembering the silly times over serious body modification, the arguments where we’d not talk to each other for weeks as well as the times when we’d talk all day about some obscure film we had just watched or who we thought would be the first Body Mod practitioner to kill a client. (the bet is still on….)
I visited Toronto a few weeks ago to catch a movie at the TIFF (coincidentally featuring a director that both Shannon and I were huge fans of) and I found myself almost unconsciously wandering up Bathurst street to walk by his old house; memories flooding back to me of parties in the snow, my first suspension, bme event planning sessions and late night vinegar drinking marathons. Thinking back to some of the best years of my life and the role that Shannon played in them. Thinking back to some of the worst years of my life, and the role that Shannon played in them. It was a nice way to finally say goodbye; the STAY CALM event was an amazing family celebration of his life; a way for us as a community to say our respects. But standing in front of a place filled with so many personal memories of just he and I was the closure I needed.
My friendship with him wasn’t perfect. He wasn’t perfect and neither was I. But the path that we walked together, while occasionally diverging from each other and in time meeting back up, will always have a place in my heart. Good and bad so will he.
I really wish that I were saying happy birthday to him instead of writing about him on a blog that he started. I wish we could argue tomorrow about something silly and go months not speaking because that would mean that the eventual email would come from one of us that made us forget why we were mad in the first place. I wish you folks who never got the chance to meet him knew the Shannon I knew and not his ‘persona’.
Most of all, I wish that I could give Ari and Rachel a hug right now and say something more profound than “I’m so sorry for your loss”.
So today, tell someone who’s made a difference in your life ‘Thank you’.
While saying ‘Happy Birthday’ to Shannon is a nice gesture, make sure someone out there knows that the good things they’ve done for you mattered and in turn, try to be there for someone else. I think that’s a fitting tribute to the spirit of the BME Community and the man who started it, don’t you?
Have a safe and happy weekend everyone! Thanks to Arseniy Andersson for the photo.
I’ve got a couple of book reviews coming soon. Meanwhile, check out the covers of the two books and keep an eye out for the reviews.