This Can’t Be Taken Away

When Michael joined the Navy about a year ago he had to make some serious sacrifices, including not only removing all of his piercings, but even had his nearly 2″ lobe surgically reconstructed.

I hid a lot of what I felt was me to attempt a new path in life. It was a difficult thing to do, but I knew in the end it was what I wanted. I always knew that I could come back to who I was after a few years, and pick up right where I left off. Nothing would be permanently lost, but a part of me would definitely have to be hidden from plain sight for the time being.

With the sacrifice of my piercings and lifestyle, I decided I wanted to get something to remind myself that no matter what, I’m still the same person I always was, and nothing can change that. Nothing seemed to fit more than the BME Calm logo I’d grown to love for quite a while now. It will be a constant reminder of who I am, was, and will become in the future.

BME is definitely much more than a website… It’s a way of being, and to report the all-too-obvious cliché, a family.


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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 LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

7 thoughts on “This Can’t Be Taken Away

  1. shit is dope…
    by the way, it was done by Drewski, an apprentice at Fuzion Ink in Norfolk, VA

  2. its perfect.

    BME is definitely much more than a website… It’s a way of being, and to report the all-too-obvious cliché, a family.
    Best was to say it Shannon!

  3. new account, first comment ever. just had to sign up to comment on this one :]. the story behind it almost made me cry :’(. very beatiful, hope you enjoy your “new” life :).

  4. I could never imagine having to have my lobes reversed. Mine are only 5/8 but they are a huge part of who i am. That takes tons of courage.

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