Too hot for tv?

Håvve Fjell of Pain Solution sent us the link to his most recent appearance on the Norwegian TV program Waschera..

34 thoughts on “Too hot for tv?

  1. first off that is some pretty cool performance by those guys (and girl).

    but honestly the show seemed pretty offensive. i have absolutely no problem with heavily moded people performing for other moded people or even those without mods who are genuinely interested in the culture, but this show seemed to be showing these great performance artists as sideshow circus freaks.

    those guys should be appricated for more than the fact that they are different than your “average” Norweigian.

    Maybe i’m off base here and i probably have no right to say anything without knowing the artists or being able to understand what the hell the anchors were saying but i just felt like i was watching a freak show and not the beautiful performance that was actually going on.

  2. Translation or subtitles would be fantastic, but I guess I’m just being awkward :)

    I’ve got one of the ‘OSLO SUSCON’ brands too, on my thigh, looks like the one in the photo above turned out much better.

  3. Opticon – I’ve just asked a Norwegian I know if they can help translate it (my Norwaygian is basic at best) – Watch this space..

    Really though, you won’t gain much from a translation. It’s all about the visuals :)

  4. Yeah, I actually saw this show. It’s amazing how fast this shit get commercialized in Norway;P You see, it’s an after school program for 13-15 year old kids.
    I saw Håvve Fjell’s Performance at Arctic Tattoo Festival in Tromsø. Great show! But it will be a while before his performance can be shown on TV…

    Norway <3

  5. Wow.
    Impressive stuff.

    And…. how… how???? does it work to “eat” a light bulb and not bleed halvto death from thousand small wounds in the mouth? WOW!!!

  6. Scott:

    “but honestly the show seemed pretty offensive. i have absolutely no problem with heavily moded people performing for other moded people or even those without mods who are genuinely interested in the culture, but this show seemed to be showing these great performance artists as sideshow circus freaks.”

    What do you have against freaks and oddities or them performing for a show that could get other people interested in their art? Why should they limit themselves to one audience? One has to constantly perform before new crowds with new acts lest one wears out their welcome.

    Didn’t you notice the banners in nice banner stands in the background using traditional sideshow buzzwords like “Alive”, “Why” and “Real” as well as more or less traditional sideshow designs for their banners? Those banners could have easily set them back $250 apiece thrice. It seems to me that they chose purposefully to present their acts in a sideshow or vaudeville light instead of the more popular tribal. Not everyone is a modern primitive or draws their inspiration from first peoples.

    Maniac eats a lightbulb, Princess Scars can lay on a bed of nails and the Head Master is a bladewalker. Without a doubt in my mind, this is a sideshow troupe.

    Back in the 20′s and 30′s, a sideshow was a marvelous place for a person with a “disability” or an unusual talent to make a very decent living performing two or three times a night. I personally respect made freaks and working acts a lot because I am one and I understand how difficult it is to come up with something original and yet traditional.

    When P.T. Barnum ran into protests over him using the word “freak” to bill his freaks in America, he switched to using “Prodigy”, which is what the protesters were suggesting. They still performed the same acts and feats. A rose by any other name…

    “those guys should be appricated for more than the fact that they are different than your “average” Norweigian.”

    They are… they’re performing acts that any Norwegian could learn to perform, but won’t as most of their acts are working acts.

    “Maybe i’m off base here and i probably have no right to say anything without knowing the artists or being able to understand what the hell the anchors were saying but i just felt like i was watching a freak show and not the beautiful performance that was actually going on.”

    Context, my dear, context. They’re great because they have recreated entertainment from an era whose heyday was pre-WWII for your amusement. Maybe you would have preferred a natural, tribal setting, but that preference does not invalidate their preference. They seem to prefer a stage. I prefer to set the vast majority of my body mod experiences in underground clubs, on stage and in or near abandoned buildings.

    Pure Cirkus (Seattle) does a lot of the same acts, but they’re a bit more tribal/mystical as opposed to vaudeville in their approach. I do wonder how BME would react to their videos.

  7. i don’t understand a word, but i like it ;)

    does anybody know what is the name of a song which is played while bad boy is on a bed of nails? ;)

  8. Stormchaser:

    Eating a lightbulb, like most of the acts, is a matter of practice and knowing the right information (aka “advanced technology”). It’s real glass, real mouth.

    I learned how from a glass walker/glass eater/windex drinker, but that took several months of contacting them before they gave me the necessary hints, many careful warnings and actually doing it before they told me a few helpful hints. It’s an act that one has to do very carefully and thoroughly lest one suffer later for a few days. As for bleeding to death, an amateur who does not have the knowledge I have would probably suffer for a while.

    He also has a tongue split. When mine was split, there was a thousand times more blood than from when I had a cut from a lightbulb. You simply learn how to manipulate the glass.

    Some magicians unnecessarily will gaff it because they’re essentially jugglers. Any sufficiently advanced technology can appear to be magic.

    Naturally, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! GO TO YOUR FRIEND’S HOUSE!

  9. so great oh my its killlling me i dont know what there saying! time to learn new languages!

  10. @ boo It’s Fatboy Slims Because We Can from the film Moulin Rouge if I remember correctly.

  11. haha I like how, somehow, someone is always whining about how “offensive” something is. I think thats what they were going for, but that just my common sense kicking in.
    If your offended, you shouldnt be here. seriously.
    great video.
    makes me wanna learn other languages haha.

  12. Man. I can’t read a single word of my arse brand. Its just a purple blast across my ass.

  13. (I am norwegian)
    Well, I don’t think the anchors ment to be offensive. I can understand very well why the female anchor didn’t wanna look, for instance. Not everyone manages to look at stuff like that. And those things are not something you see everyday, so It’s not that wierd that they react with less understanding to it than people that read modblog do. They asked questions, and of couse they expressed that they didn’t understand how anyone would do that of free will.
    But thats just how it is! I mean, I have never watched this show for myself, but I have always thought this was a show for kids to learn about… all the things the REALLY serious childrens-show don’t talk about. (They talk about sex and penises like, everytime I’ve seen anything of it) It’s just so kids wont become as naive as many of their parents are, and not feeling that they have to grow into “normal”

    And for my crap-english and spellingmistakes since I’m at school and can’t see the computerscreen, SORRY :D

  14. tattoobeetle:

    I preface every show with “The pregnant and those with heart conditions or delicate sensibilities should probably pass on this show. Do not try these acts at home. Go to a friend’s house.”

  15. Awww! Their performance was so cute and well done for being on an after school special! I wish we had an after school special like that here. Of course I do live in Arkansas and don’t go to school anymore. But it would be really cool. Meow!

  16. As it has already been pointed out (by fellow norwegians), this is an after school programme aimed at teens. That would expain the anchors behaviour, and for those of you wanting a translation; the questions are not really interresting and the answers are pretty basic. There’s only so much you can say in a 3 minute dialog to make sense for an audience of ‘normal people’. Don’t worry about the words, enjoy the acts!
    @ #1 we are indeed sideshow freaks! and if we should perform for modded people only we could never survive.

  17. I’m also Norwegian, and if Håvve happens to pop in here, would he mind answering: Is it something I’m imagining, or are you looking very oddly at the anchors when they startet rambling about football and stuff?
    Also, if anybody can fix the video, I can translate (I’m thinking adding subtitles), though, as Håvve says, it’s pretty basic.

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