DIY Branding

Now, before you slag Todd for using found-object tools for branding, I’d like to state for the record that I have brands that are now about 15 years old, done with pieces of a tin can, and they’re as well defined and raised and even as anything I’ve seen done using more widely accepted tools.

Oh, and I’m not sure if I’ve accidentally reposted some things in today’s update. My apologies if that’s the case.

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24 thoughts on “DIY Branding

  1. Whom ever is getting the brand done has balls the size of a house. I can’t imagine the pain.

  2. i cann’t tell what he’s using, or what the blue thing is. but i know that that is going to hurt for a long ass time!

  3. Eh, I didn’t think that branding was really that bad. It kinda depends where you get it though. Since that’s the back of his calf, I can’t imagine that it’s too bad. Mostly, you get a split second where it feels really hot, and then nothing (from the charred area, anyway) as the nerves get burned out. As far as the long lasting hurt, mostly it itches like a sonuvabitch.
    And why would using found objects be bad for branding? If it’s free from debris and toxic metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, etc.), the heat from the torch is going to sterilize it anyways…

  4. Hey “the ray”, that blue thing is the bottle of fuel for the torch. Most likely mapp gas. Just thought I’d let you know.

  5. Nyarlathotep – Personally I agree there’s not really anything wrong with it (thus my disclaimer on it). But I know that a lot of people feel you should be using the same grade of steel for branding as is used for implants, which personally I think is silly.

  6. The only thing I’d be worried about is that those pipe nipples look as though they are galvanized. But, who am I to say. I’ve got self done brands that were done by using pieces of brass.

  7. My personal feeling is that the galvination shouldn’t make any real difference. The other thing I like (again, just my personal opinion, not my “professional” opinion) about thin metal is that it doesn’t retain much heat, so it’s a little safer in terms of depth control if the brander is less experienced.

  8. i like the design, and i think its a cool idea to use naturally round objects. nice idea todd!!

  9. We used steel piping. The guy was a friend of a friend and worked with metal. (Im not really sure exactly what he did though). I measured and spaced everything, and then had him cut the pipe and round and buff it. He actually did a really nice job on them. Unfortunitly you can’t see the ends in the pictures. Thanks for all the kind words.

  10. Heh, reminds me of what I was doing to myself almost a decade ago. I have brands from pie tins, computer chassis clippings, nail heads, paper clips, cans, jar lids, and anything else I could shape that would retain heat. Many of those brands are still some of my most striking scars, despite being 5-10 years old and done with less-than-professional tools and skills.

  11. It’s obviously galvanized steel pipe. Same can be purchased at my local lowes… humm *idea*

  12. I can’t guarantee it, but it looks as if the pieces of tubing were machined on a lathe to the exact size needed for the branding. If machined at the right speed and then finished correctly, the machining marks should be fine – I have machined pieces of steel (carbon and stainless) as well as aluminum and worn them temporarily for body jewelry. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them for long term wear, but in my experience, they have caused no harmful effects, but YMMV.

  13. Están mas locos que la mierda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cómo les parte la cabeza el primer mundo, proque no viajan un poco a ver las miserias del mundo y dejan de gastar plata en huevadas!!

  14. Well, I have a brand on my back. It’s a sun, moon and star combo, it’s slightly larger than a softball. It hurts. I myself found it considerably more painful than a tattoo.

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