When it comes to modifications, there is always an element of risk involved. Obviously with some there is more risk than others. Piercings can reject, tattoos can fallout, scars can get infected, the list goes on. These of course are all “what ifs”, but the potential for problems are present with every one. When it comes to the world of suspensions, the risks are higher, but the rewards can be greater. With people pushing the limits of suspensions all over the world, it’s important to remember to be safe. There are a number of resources and organizations dedicated to promoting safe practices when it comes to all types of suspensions.
Now with that all said, there are times when things may be set up safely, but if the suspension is inherently a risky one the potential for something to go wrong is still heightened. Heck, even when everything is set up perfectly for a suspension that would be considered “easy” by practitioners, that doesn’t mean the element of danger isn’t present and things should be monitored closely.
In the following pictures you’ll see The J-3-D performing one of the riskiest suspensions, the single point elbow suspension. I’ve gotten in touch with members of the suspension community that assured me that while everything is good with the rigging, this type of suspension is extremely dangerous to do, and should not be attempted unless there are a number of experts present. So have a look at these images to see exactly why this suspension is so risky.
The rest of the images you can see by clicking the “read more” button.
As you can see, everything was set up correctly, although I was told the placement of the hook could have been a little better. From my understanding the suspension lasted around 1 minute, before he needed to come down.
This is where the risk element comes into play. While the reward for performing a dangerous suspension that not a lot of people have done is high, the risk is also very high. As you can see by this last image, with everything set up within safe standards, bad things can still happen.
If you can’t make out the details, what has happened is he has suffered a complete tear through his arm. You can see the full sized image by clicking on the picture, but if you’re squeamish, you may not want to. Then again, this is ModBlog, I don’t think we have too many readers who are squeamish.
You can get a better look at these images, and the rest of the photos from the suspension in the ritual galleries under “other suspensions“.
I want to mention again, that this type of suspension is extremely risky and should only be performed under the direct supervision of an experienced practitioner.