Mods Require Education

So I was thinking about the recent post about job discrimination with body modification, as well as reflecting on the inspirational interview with Alvar from last year… it’s been my observation that the higher quality the job is and the better you have to be at it, the less relevant your body modifications become. On “low end” jobs it seems employers are much more able to get away with judging a person for petty things like earrings — but in the kind of job that I believe most exceptional people aspire to, one is generally judged more on ones frontal lobe than one’s 1″ lobe..

Anyway, so I was really pleased to see Kiowa from Missouri’s graduation photos proudly showing his stretched piercings, and wanted to use it as an excuse to (a) if you want to be free to live your life publicly modified, performing well academically is a great start, and (b) the BME 2008 scholarship application is available.


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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.

18 thoughts on “Mods Require Education

  1. Hell yeah. I’ll do the same damn thing when I graduate in a few years. And great idea for the scholarship!!



  2. That’s been my plan all along. Another factor is that I just can’t cope in the real world, but I can write one hell of an essay…

  3. I love when people wear big hoops through tunnels- but Im bias because I wear them too lol

  4. I’m only in my second semester, so i don’t know this. But are there certain gen.ed classes that cover body modification at all? (i.e. sociology, anthropology, ect)

    either way, it’s cool to see people break down the stereotype of piercings/tattoos being for uneducated trams and bikers

  5. When I look at this photographs, it makes me sad about how much I have actually sold out! Even to take a summer internship in the private sector it was vital that I take out all of my visable piercings (including plugs), get my hair cut all neat and look like what ‘society’ would call ‘respectable.’ Of course I have come to realise that success in this sector, and indeed the public sector of course, would be difficult without such transformation. I will be graduating in September with a degree in Politics and Law, and although there will be all smiles for the photos, at least I know that underneath that gown is my torso and back full of tattoos and my many piercings below the neck.

    I hope that Kiowa has success in finding employment worthy of his degree without having to change, but if not I expect hes proud to have that moment on stage.

  6. Hey, I saw him at a party once!!

    I strongly agree with that observation being true. It’s what led me to get whatever mods I wanted in college, knowing that my skills and knowledge will either transcend a distaste for mods or I’ll be working with people smart enough to know it’s not an issue (I’m happy that it’s the latter).

  7. as a bakery associate at a grocery store, I had to hide everything.
    as a graphic designer consultant working next to my company’s ceo, who makes over 700k a year, i’ve gotten a total of one comment about my piercings, and that was when i shoved a pencap in my ear becasue my plug went MIA.

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