Let me first apologize for the terrible layout and style of this piece… I thought it was more important to get it online than to waste time prettying it up.

Thanks again to everyone for a year full of wonderful pictures, articles, and experiences. I think we (everyone from the person who helped financially, to the person who submitted a single navel piercing, to the megacontributors) did a great job bringing BME into it’s thirteenth year online, and continue to stay true to the reasons it was started in the first place… Essentially, to let people know that the way they feel is not just normal, but valuable.

For the second year in a row, our over top contributor was KitanoKaryuudo (who is pictured to the right) with a truly staggering 6,526 images submitted in 2006. What’s even more amazing is that Kokomi (another BME/HARD ultracontributor, and last year’s second place contributor) was only twelve images shy! Even outside of the BME/HARD realm, the top contributors submitted just amazing numbers of images. It blows my mind how generous everyone continues to be with their time. I can not thank you enough.

Anyway, I try to do these things a little differently every year. This year I decided it might be fun to do a regional breakdown, so I split the contributions into regions that roughly represented the number of contributions they generated… On the lists below you can see those winners along with their local and overall ranking. Links go to their IAM pages.


# Submissions Contact
1 1 6,526 KitanoKaryuudo
2 29 592 Crazy Glamour
3 37 507 Sui Otoko
4 61 304 nobcatz
5 62 300 BME/HARD – Anonymous
# Submissions Contact
1 2 6,514 kokomi.3k
2 8 1,991 madmax
3 14 1,447 BME/HARD – Anonymous
4 15 1,391 bena
5 25 657 BME/HARD – Anonymous
6 33 547 babakhin
7 34 543 BME/HARD – Anonymous
8 40 480 BME/HARD – Anonymous
9 49 413 tan0k
10 53 403 Shadark
# Submissions Contact
1 3 3,056 RussFoxx
2 6 2,362 Lexci Million
3 10 1,705 Holy Flesh
4 20 834 jasonvandervee
5 27 599 Efix
6 31 580 lilfunky1
7 35 521 Myke
8 55 387 Cerra
9 57 358 Vex Hecubus
10 70 258 JesseV
# Submissions Contact
1 4 2,775 perk900
2 5 2,426 stainless
3 9 1,739 SteveBennett
4 16 1,372 Big Rick
5 17 970 KIVAKA
6 26 606 j_scarab
7 32 552 holeybody
8 36 507 BME/HARD – Anonymous
9 43 445 Allen Falkner
10 44 435 Shawn O’Hare
11 46 423 MUTE-ONE
12 46 423 Melissa
13 48 414 Zebra Tattoo
14 51 408 barryb
15 52 406 CaptNipp
16 56 372 HollywoodPiercer
17 60 306 toxicskin
18 69 265 Piercer Dave
19 72 250 phoenixxx
20 76 225 tattooedheart
# Submissions Contact
1 7 2,323 Valnei
2 11 1,640 cutuvi
3 13 1,485 Joao_Caldara
4 22 725 Lucas Takano
5 39 487 UREA
6 41 460 peco
7 42 450 Freakboy
8 45 430 RAFAEL
9 58 341 deb
10 63 288 wild skin
# Submissions Contact
1 12 1,501 alienboy
2 18 967 Piercing Pete
3 19 877 dispel
4 21 797 Stretcher
5 23 723 holierthanthou
6 24 715 strawberry
7 28 598 joker
8 30 580 vampy
9 38 503 tattoodfreak
10 50 410 VEAL
# Submissions Contact
1 134 138 dave

Admittedly, the race for the top few spots is daunting, but depending on where you live, submitting enough to win a placement is definitely doable… It’s also interesting looking at the breakdown to note that different types of pictures are dominant in different areas.

As all years, there are prizes as well as recognition. This year there are three different prizes. First of all, everyone who places (on any of the lists here) gets either a staff shirt or a container (more about that below), or both if they place more than once. The staff shirts (which you may have already seen on my IAM page) are based on a sectional view of a head containing various body modifications, and their explanations in Latin. And of course he’s got BME on the brain…


As well as splitting up the results by geographic region, we generated them by section of the site again. Those lists follow:

Ranking # Submissions Contact
1 910 Big Rick
2 479 babakhin
3 285 j_scarab
3 285 Joao_Caldara
5 278 Zebra Tattoo
Ranking # Submissions Contact
1 1,097 alienboy
2 724 KIVAKA
3 654 Lexci Million
4 529 holierthanthou
5 385 Valnei
Ranking # Submissions Contact
1 641 Valnei
2 527 Lucas Takano
3 513 madmax
4 324 Lexci Million
5 318 Joao_Caldara
Ranking # Submissions Contact
1 2,614 RussFoxx
2 2,073 stainless
3 1,228 SteveBennett
4 1,092 cutuvi
5 964 bena
Ranking # Submissions Contact
1 523 madmax
2 267 SLS-Frank
3 247 Valnei
4 181 old soldier
5 173 SteveBennett
6 169 RussFoxx
7 156 Stretcher
8 146 holierthanthou
9 126 Shawn O’Hare
10 122 Anonymous
Ranking # Submissions Contact
1 6,517 KitanoKaryuudo
2 6,514 kokomi.3k
3 1,447 Urban Soul
4 832 jasonvandervee
5 609 Stretcher
6 592 Crazy Glamour
7 543 AvantGarde
8 526 Holy Flesh
9 507 Sui Otoko
9 507 Anonymous

As I mentioned earlier, as well as printing shirts, I’m also printing containers (sort of like a sharps or first aid container) with the same logo (although single color). Maybe a place to keep your jewelry, maybe a place to keep your play piercing needles… The exact style of container isn’t confirmed yet so I can’t show you a picture but it’ll be printed with the logo in one of these two ways:


As well as pictures, personal stories and articles are the other core part of BME’s mission to inform and share experiences. The top writers wrote huge numbers of articles, with the top dozen all writing at least a full-length article a month.

Ranking # Submissions Contact

1 50 Silhouettes
2 26 strawberry
3 24 broken_wings
4 19 Fuzzybeast
5 16 Caroline June
6 14 Ribibe
7 13 delusionalfairy
7 13 sweetcheeks
7 13 aniorange
10 12 MilllieB
10 12 deadly pale
10 12 kyo
10 12 rwethereyet
14 11 Bondage-Kit
14 11 Flutterfly
14 11 GucciGurl
17 10 Blackvampyremage
17 10 Kyrenna
17 10 ubergeekgawdess


As well as the obvious submissions, there are many other parts of BME that are generated by the volunteer work of people who go largely unthanked (including quite a few that I haven’t even mentioned in this article!). For example, there’s BME’s newsfeed, which has been tirelessly maintained by volunteers even though updates have been sometimes sporadic (my fault).

Ranking # Submissions Contact
1 909 deadly pale
2 758 rebekah
3 261 Ebowlotus1960

As well as obvious and “official” parts of BME, there are large parts of the BME community which are run wholly independently and autonomously that deserve recognition as well. I’m sure there are many more important ones that I don’t know about… I asked at the end of the year who had made contributions to this community (that isn’t otherwise mentioned here), and a few names stood out with regularity… These included:

  • Shawn Porter for organizing both fun events and the Scar Wars series of conventions, and his work in creating a cohesive scarification community both online and offline.
  • Monica for maintaining the series of IAM.Pregnant forums which have been invaluable resources to the many new parents on IAM/BME as this community ages.
  • Warren for his IAM.Learning forum for people learning to pierce.
  • Rebekah for her tireless work promoting IAM/BME members and for her hard work with Modified-News.
  • Anaesthetise‘s Postcard Exchange Forum on IAM is enormous fun for the many participants.
  • Wlfdrgn has undertaken the important task of managing the IAM/BME Scholarship Fund (see BME’s guest articles for more information, or visit his IAM page), now in its third year.
  • Havve and Christiane for their suspension work in Norway and elsewhere.
  • Allen Falkner for — among many other things — suspenion.org.
  • Vampy and Dispel for their many suspension events in the UK and their excellent documentation.
  • Perk900 for a series of great parties and a ton of photos.

I could really go on and on, and in a way I feel guilty stopping… There are so many other places people have contributed — reviewing experiences, helping me on technical issues, writing for and editing the encyclopedia, and more.


The core staff of BME’s QOD (Question of the Day — book coming soon!) continues to provide wonderful educational resource. They’re made up of Ryan Ouellette, John Joyce, Shawn Porter, Lori St. Leone, Sean Phillips, and Lassi.

Clockwise starting at top-left: Shawn Porter, Sean Phillips, Ryan Ouellette, John Joyce, Lassi, Lori St. Leone.


Finally, let me mention BME’s core staff, some of whom you probably already know, and some of whom you may not be aware of… Without these people, it would be much more difficult to keep BME going. Rachel runs the business end of things. Phil processes pretty much every picture that’s added to the site. Rooraaah does the same, but for naughty videos. Jon keeps our UNIX servers going and develops new toys for BME’s users, and Mike helps me keep our Windows boxes alive and uncompromised. Jen handles the customer support, and finally, there’s me, Shannon. Mostly I just put out articles long behind schedule.

Clockwise starting at top-left: Jen, Roo (and me in the background), Phil, Mike, Jon, Rachel.

And that doesn’t even include the staff of BMEshop (primarily Ryan and Corrie).


You’ll receive an email and/or IM on IAM from me in the next week with a form where you’ll need to fill in your address and shirt size and all that. I haven’t sent those out yet, but if you don’t hear from me within the week make sure that you contact either me or Ryan and Corrie so nothing gets missed… Other than that, I wanted to mention that there is one very special prize, sort of a secret talisman that will be going out to the very top contributors. Whether they reveal what that item is or not is up to them.

I won’t reveal it here, and probably won’t on my IAM page either, but let me say that (1) it’s very, very cool, and (2) it was created by an award winning butter sculptor.

Thank you everyone for another wonderful year. BME would be nothing without the community that surrounds it and creates it. If you’re reading this, there is a very good chance that you took part in creating this all… If so, thank you. You’ve helped me, and you’ve helped a lot of other people, and I hope you’ve helped yourself as well.

Shannon Larratt

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About Shannon Larratt

Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by BMEzine.com LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by BMEzine.com LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

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