400 Hook World Record Suspension

It used to be that when you thought of insane over-the-top implementations of body modification and ritual, South Americans couldn’t be beat. But lately when it comes to bringing the crazy, it’s been impossible to the Russians, what with things like freefall suspension and now this four hundred hook suspension, facilitated in part by Modblog regular Maxim Yampolskiy, who is perhaps best known for his creative and innovative silicone implant work.

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The idea was born in mid-December 2012 in the mind of Artem Kovalenko (of Krasnodar’s ArtMod Team) who went on to do the suspension. After reading about a 220-hook world record suspension (which I haven’t seen, but you may recall the 178-hook suspension I posted back in 2006, and the 296-hook suspension from later that year), he decided not just to break it, but to completely shatter it. He contacted Max (of Moscow’s Brutal Forms Group) and Renat Khalitov (of Astrakhan’s Blood Brothers Team) and since Max already had a hundred small hooks ready to go that he’d been hoping to use on something like this, he bought three hundred more and a plane ticket. They all got together in Krasnodar on February 13th, 2013, and because of time limitations on when they could use the space, Max and Renat began throwing hooks about two hours after their flights landed!

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Body Mod… Danger and Regret

Brent Moffatt has experienced some of the highest highs and lowest lows that a life in body modification has to offer. You may recall him as a former world-record holder for his piercing exploits, as well as for his Golden Palace casino URL forehead tattoo, something he came to deeply regret — you can read his thoughts on that in an earlier “Skinvertising” article. After Brent read the story of Lesya getting her husband Ruslan’s name tattooed on her face, he felt obligated to talk about his own experiences as a cautionary tale. Those thoughts follow here as he sent them to me, with minimal editing. Brent and I have not always seen eye to eye, but I share his deep worry that it’s very difficult to predict one’s future, and that the excitement of youth often leads people down body modification paths they later find incompatible with their later lives. -Shannon

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Above: Brent Moffatt over time.

Body Mod… Danger and Regret
By: Brent “The Human Pincushion” Moffatt

I was reading an article by Shannon Larratt about a young woman that had tattooed her husband’s name across her face. I was also read the comments after said article, and I was horrified that Jim Ward and I were initially the only ones to openly say that this was a bad idea. So I decided to tell a bit of my story of dangers and regrets as it pertains to “my life in body mod”. I have had many many modifications and have been involved in the world of body mod for a long time, and in that time I have gotten both good work and work that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Unfortunately in the days when I first became interested in mods there wasn’t a meaningful internet — it was just in its infancy — so there really was nowhere to turn to know what to do and how to do it. Luckily young people today have so many more resources. Most of my bad modifications came from lack of understanding, immaturity — #1 fault — and the use of drugs and alcohol — #2 fault. My early misadventures include,

  1. Scratcher tats done at parties while very drunk or stoned
  2. Self-done piercings on my arm that turned septic and almost required amputation
  3. Self-done tattoos while deciding if I had the talent to be a tattooist — I didn’t want to scar anyone else

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Skinvertising Retrospective

Buzzfeed has an interesting article right now about the leftovers of the “skinvertising” industry. It seems to have all-but died out, but there was a time where you could collect tens of thousands of dollars for tattooing your face or other body parts with a corporate logo — the Golden Palace casino’s attention-seeking marketing team took regular advantage of the publicity this generated.

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I asked long time BME frenemy Brent Moffat, an eccentric but conservative modification artist who has held world records in piercing and knows first hand what it’s like to be part of the “skinvertising” world as he accepted $10,000 to tattoo the Golden Palace logo on his forehead. These days the tattoo is almost completely eliminated by removal and cover-up, but even that Brent seems to hide most of the time under a hat judging by the photos he has posted. I was very interested in hearing his feedback on this story, since he’s one of the only people I know that’s willing to speak his mind honestly on the subject and also has significant first-hand experience with both the “publicity stunt” world and the “skinvertising” world. I’d like to share here some of his comments posted on this story. My apologies to Brent for using rather unflattering photos — the left one is with the tattoo fresh, and the other two are more recent.

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I cant speak for anyone but myself but when I “sold” my forehead to Golden Palace back in 2005 I did it for a quick $10,000 to help and start a business (my piercing studio that later disolved due to a breakup). I make a point of tryin to never regret anything I do in life, but I will say that the day has come that I do regret not only this but all of my facial work. Unlike many people with facial work I live in Bible Belt Saskatchewan and am the only person in my whole city with anything above the neckline that I know of, so it has gotten in the way of my lovelife and in the way of jobs.

I would seriously discourage any young person from facial or “Ad” work on their body because the reality is the world is still not as tattoo friendly as you think it may be and its very very permanent. I started the process of removing the forehead work I had from Golden Palace and it was the most painful thing I have ever felt and I was so swollen I couldnt see for days.

“To each there own”, but take some time and think, and think hard, about what kind of presentation you are making to the world because it can and has come back to “bite people in the ass”. I thought I would be a piercer for the rest of my life, but as life is, it came along and changed everything for me and now im a unemployed disabled phlebotomist. I believe most of my unemployability is due to my tattoos, for which I have no one to blame but myself. I love them but I wish they were a few feet lower on my body knowing what I now know.

As per the early 2000 craze towards “ad” work, it was publicity stunts and that was it. I probably could have not gotten the forehead tattoo done at all and Golden Palace wouldn’t have cared because they got their name in every paper in the world and that is what they were paying for. However, seeing as I am an honest person, I would have felt like I robbed them if I hadn’t had gotten it done. So obviously I did. It’s bad when you have people in society struggling, especially when they have kids — like the woman who did her forehead as well like me — because you will do anything to provide not only for yourself but also for your children. If it means pain and ridicule… so be it.

Given how common facial tattooing is, I hope that people will take his words seriously, especially given at what a young age people are making permanent and largely irreversible life-altering decisions. Of course, young age may well make it impossible to really consider this issue with perspective. I hope that most people have better luck than Brent has, but I fear not all will, and that his story will repeat itself in other lives. Brent is currently working on his autobiography, so perhaps in time there you’ll hear more of this story — and he’ll be able to say he’s a successful author, rather than an unemployed phlebotomist.

Congratulations Rolf!!!

This morning Guinness announced some new world record holders and among them was none other than Rolf Buchholz.  Rolf now has the distinction of being the world record holder as The Most Pierced Man in the World.  With a grand total of 453 piercings (278 of them being genital piercings), Rolf piercings are extensive and impressive.  What the Guinness record people didn’t mention is that Rolf has been tracking all of his suspensions, and has taken a total of 998 hooks since his first suspension in 2004.  Last month at the Oslo Suscon, Rolf marked his 100th suspension with a 100pt superman.  Rolf is a wonderful member of the BME and Suspension communities and we at BME would like to congratulate Rolf on this distinct honor.

ModBlog News of the Week: May 13th, 2011

Happy Friday the 13th everyone.  It’s been a busy week in the news, so you can either chalk that up to good or bad luck, depending of course on how your superstitions lie.   This week’s big story is about an event that happened last weekend in Marikina City, The Philippines.  The plan was the throw a big party, invite as many people as they could, and hope to break a Guinness world record.  Well the turnout was great, but not everyone was smiling.  Especially the hundreds of young boys that attended the party.  Did I mention it was a circumcision party?

Preteen Filippino boys queued in their hundreds for a daylong ‘circumcision party’, which officials hope will earn their city a place in the record books.  Some boys cried in their mothers’ arms while others bit their shirts to stifle sobs as doctors carried out the surgery on dozens of makeshift operating tables in a stadium in Marikina city, east of Manila.

Officials said the event – touted in local press as a ‘circumcision party’ – aimed to promote safe circumcision.  They offered poor residents free surgery that would otherwise cost at least $40 (£25) in private hospitals.   In rural areas, the surgery is sometimes performed by non-doctors using crude methods.

This of course leads to the circumcision debate that many people in North America have.  Whether to perform one on a newborn child, or wait until they’re older and can make the decision on their own.  While that applies to North America, in The Philippines the practice seems like a standard rite of passage that all young men go though.  So do the same arguments apply?

Oh, and for what it’s worth, Guinness made an announcement that they would not be recognizing this record as they don’t keep track of mass medical procedures because of hygiene and risks.

Although a new record was set this week in Norwalk, Ohio.  In a single 48 hour, 26 minute session, Jeff Garton sat for the longest tattoo session on record.  The tattoo was done by Robin H.M. of 546 Tattoo Studio.

More news to come, including some questionable actions taken by DC police, and a children’s book that every tattooed parent should buy.

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ModBlog News of the Week: May 6th, 2011

Well another week has come and gone and by the time you read this I’ll be off on another adventure down America way.  Before I go, there are quite a few stories this week, which is a welcome change from last week’s spartan entry.  Oh, and no celebrity news this week.  I figured you guys didn’t really care if some washed up actress/reality TV “star” got a new tattoo, or that another actress is having one removed.

To start this week off, we’ve got an incredibly nerdy story that makes me want to go out and buy one of the new Nintendo DS3D devices.  Oh, and there is video goodness to go along with it.

Last week I finally snagged a Nintendo 3DS and after playing the augmented reality games, the first thing I thought was “Oh shit, that AR card would make a killer tattoo.” And so this weekend, I got the 3DS AR tattoo and it’s fucking awesome.  The photo above was taken in my bathroom, showing my little Mii popping out of my hand.

Also, a couple things to note if you want to try this. Right now, the tattoo doesn’t always work in really bright light, like sunlight, but it works fine in dim-ish light. I think I need to go back and get an outline around it, because I think the 3DS is looking for the edge of the card and can’t find it in bright light. In the manual, it says to never obscure the white border around the card when you’re using the 3DS, something I didn’t notice til later. I thought the black border around the “?” would be an issue, but it doesn’t seem to be at all. When the 3DS recognizes it, you can clearly see the black outline, and I tested with a color printout of the card, and the issue does seem to be not seeing the edge, which is easily fixable.  The tattoo was done by Colby at Blue Flame Tattoo in Raleigh, NC.

I’m not going to lie.  That’s awesome.

There’s more news ahead, including more videos, and 2 articles on the same subject with completely polar opposite takes on it.

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Full Coverage: Links From All Over (May 11, 2009)

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[Star-Telegram] Ladies and gentlemen, meet your new champion! It took five hours, but Jeremy Stroud of Arlington, Texas, is now the Guinness World Record holder for “most piercings” after being pierced with 1,197 18-gauge needles by Tyson Turk, breaking the old record of 900.

“After a while I guess the body just starts rejecting all the needles,” Stroud said. “It felt like my back was on fire and my arm was on fire. It was a totally different kind of pain. I just wanted those needles out of me.”

Stroud was hooked up to a heart monitor during the session.

“As soon as we got the needles out I was fine, but during I started to get really slow, and my pulse jumped up to 130.”

Stroud, a diesel mechanic, also had two EMTs on site just to make sure he was well taken care of. When reached for comment, Brent Moffatt opened his window and looked out at the sunset for a long, long while. But surely the readers of the Arlington Star-Telegram were impressed with Stroud’s new record, right?

“Let’s mainstream these freaks by putting the article on the front page.” What a way to run a newspaper……

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Thank you ST for putting this on the front page of the Arlington section.(and with pictures). My kids win. I guess I don’t get it. I’ve been trying to teach them to respect their bodies and to think what kind of impression this is going to make when you go interview for a job. I guess they are right, I just don’t get it. As they say, it’s so cool the newspaper puts it on the front page, all the rappers have them all over their body and they make more money than you, and have you seen all the NBA players? It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks, but I’m starting to finally see what’s really important.

Oh…right.

[Wicked Local] What the…really? People are still talking about that goddamned tattooed Barbie doll? Is there literally nothing else going on? Has the last pig lost its job? Whatever. Lloyd Garver is a television writer, and actually comes out opposite of where even he expected he would in the eternal, “What’s the deal with tattoos?” debate: He’s OK with them! Sort of!

I admit I was somewhat shocked when I heard about Barbie and body art. My first reaction was, “Now parents of 7-year-olds are going to have to deal with them wanting tattoos.”

But then I did something uncharacteristic for me: I started thinking. [Ed. note: Zinggggg.] Maybe anti-Barbie papers aren’t the only theses in those dusty university archives. Maybe there are some with titles like, “Relax, Folks. Barbie Isn’t a Role Model. It’s Just a Toy.” Or if there aren’t any, there should be.

When you were a kid, weren’t you able to tell the difference between a toy and something real? When you played “war” with a friend, didn’t you know you were just playing? And did your putting on temporary tattoos make you get real ones? Besides, isn’t it a bit ironic that the anti-Barbie-ites who feel that the doll puts too much emphasis on appearance are concerned with the appearance of tattoos?

The sound you hear is an army of American Family Association members marching to Garver’s house with pitchforks, ready to burn him for being a witch.

I confess that I’m still getting used to looking at tattoos without making any kind of knee-jerk judgment about the wearer. Whenever I go on vacation where there’s a swimming pool, I’m still a little surprised by the fact that the nice couple we sat next to at dinner the night before has more tattoos than a basketball team. And guess what? Barbie’s the same age as that couple. She’s 50 now. She might not look like it, but many 50-year-old women don’t look their age these days. So maybe it’s fitting that 50-year-old Barbie has broken out the tattoos.

Garver, in the past, wrote for sitcoms like Family Ties, Home Improvement and Frasier—decidedly conservative shows for the most part, all of which probably featured an episode or several that relied on hoary old cliches of tattooed and pierced miscreants causing trouble for various well-to-do folks. This is a pitifully small sample size to say this editorial is indicative of, well, anything, but it’s encouraging nonetheless to see a guy getting on in years roll with the times.

So I can certainly accept Barbie wearing tattoos. But I do think you have to draw the line. Where? I’ll tell you where, and this is a warning to the people at Mattel: Don’t even think about making a Ken doll with pierced body parts.

Ha ha, this fuckin’ guy.

[Daily Mail] Well here’s some important news! Apparently Ferris Bueller and whatshername, that one with the shoes?, Sarah Jessica Parker, aren’t having much luck in the baby-making department, and so have rented out the uterus of a nice woman who…oh, crap:

Michelle Ross is a tattooed, bisexual rock music fan, who has previously acted as a surrogate for a New York gay couple.

The 26-year-old, who is thought to have been selected by the Sex And The City Star and her husband Matthew Broderick, has a chequered history as a mother, it has been reported.

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‘I have had pink hair and tattoos and spiked collars,’ she wrote on [MySpace].

‘My favourite shoes are five-inch black spike heels which lace up the front.

‘I love metal and rock down to the bones.’

Michelle has a tattoo on one of her wrists of an overlapped pink and blue triangle, a symbol for bisexuality.

On MySpace Ross identifies herself as ‘bi’, according to Star.

Why is this woman trying to destroy the lives of celebrities? Does she not know they’re better than people? And do they not realize the danger in which they’re putting their valuable life-force? It’s probably like some wretched goth club in there, all cheap pleather and Front Line Assembly blaring at a thousand decibels and runny black makeup. Some people.

Also, there is a person named Audrina Partridge and apparently her boyfriend killed a guy, the end.

Suspension Queen!

Jared sent in this wicked footage of Tracie (who seems mildly infatuated with her right boob and was formerly TracieHanna on IAM – More on ModBlog) completing a 27 hook, 18 transition suspension (!!) at the Chicago Tattoo Convention a week ago. Could it be a world record?

The video (and some photos by LukeMyspace) are after the break – Loads more appearing in the Nu Ethix Suspensions gallery on BME soon!

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Full Coverage: Links From All Over (Nov. 3, 2008)

[TheNewsRoom] There’s a lot going on here, so let’s go piece by piece. This girl collects celebrity autographs, on her body, and then gets them tattooed for posterity (and bragging rights, and profit?). She just got Fergie’s, bumping up her running total to 87 or 88 (!). Among the others: Sheryl Crow, Meg Ryan, Angelina Jolie and Miley Cyrus. The big catch, though, as far as she’s concerned, is Tim McGraw on her left breast. The problem, for some reason, is that her dad, who supports her financially, will cut her off and send her back to her birth mother in Pittsburgh if he finds out that she’s been getting tattooed. Except that people have apparently filmed her and sent videos to her dad. I swear to God this is a real story.

[The News Star] We have a new champion! John “Joker” McManus of Joker Tattoo Shop in West Monroe, LA, just broke the world record for most tattoos performed in a 24-hour period, tattooing 775 two-inch-by-two-inch stars from noon Friday to noon Saturday last weekend.

By the end, McManus was exhausted to the point that his wife (and other onlookers) were worried for his health, but it all worked out in the end: In addition to bragging rights, it was a charity event, with all proceeds going to Toys for Tots, The Ouachita Humane Society and The Louisiana Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Good show, Joker.

[Wallet Pop] So, we’ve covered shops giving away free Obama tattoos, and others offering free piercings for anyone who votes, and now the good folks at New Look Laser Tattoo Removal are getting in on the sweet election action too:

New Look is offering the citizens of North Texas a chance to vote for change this election … if you prove that you voted this year by bringing in your “I Voted” sticker, voter registration card, or give us your word you fully punched your chad, we’ll give you a free tattoo removal treatment.

You can get change in the White House and change in your skin. And whether your candidate wins or loses at the battle box, your failed policy of bad tattoo ink will definitely be left in the dustpan of history.

The gauntlet has been thrown down. Your move, FadeFast.