A conversation with BME’s punk rock anti-hero, perk900

For all the people who have attacked me, for not featuring enough man meat on Modblog, I am proud to present Brian (IAM: perk900).

After we had our initial conversation on Skype, we messaged back and forth a bit on IAM to finalize some things. When I asked him if there was any last minute information he wanted me to include he humbly replied :

“That my dick is huge and that you can see it from space.”

And that my friends, is good enough for me.

Sure, there are  naked pictures on his IAM page, that would make his penis seem not quite visible by space, but until he post erect pictures we will have to assume he is indeed a grower and not a shower.

Little known fact, Brian is the Chuck Norris of BME.


On a serious note, Brian is amongst the nicest and  most genuine people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. He has been a long time active BME member, and a top image contributor since 2003. He has also, busted his ass year after year putting on one of the most fun BME social events, Bowling With Weirdos.

Shawn Porter has this to say about Brian:

“Brian has been one of my best friends for going on a decade. The Dr. Gonzo to my Raoul Duke, if you will; the Ricky to my Lucy, the moral compass that always points to do it if it’s funny, don’t worry, well clean up the mess and more.”

For the full length, uncensored (and barely edited) look into the man behind the ballhair…. keep reading.

Sean: Let’s start basic, what got you into body mods in the first place?

Brian: There are multiple points to blame on that one. It mostly started in High School in the mid-90s. Piercing was just starting to make its way into the mainstream, and that is where I was first exposed to “abnormal” piercings. Then you can also credit the introduction of Punk rock into my life. Tattoos became a big fascination then as well.

Sean:  I kind of assumed punk shows were a big influence on you. That was a large part of my introduction to piercing and tattoos as well.

Brian: It was a lot of things at that time that were playing together, that were introducing me to that world. You can also blame movies as well. I’m a big movie nerd and that was another place where the interest came from. And I’ll say it, one of the first times i’d really seen larger piercings and more extreme Body Mod stuff was STRANGELAND. I mean a lot of this stuff was really foreign in the world that I was living in.

Sean: How did you end up becoming involved with BME?

Brian: I first found BME while I was researching designs for my first tattoo, because it was the site that appeared in Google when you looked up Kanji tattoo. I found IAM months after that, when it turned out that my friend Kristen had an IAM page and she said it was a fun site. I’ve had an IAM account ever since April of 2001.


Brian: I didn’t get a “heavy mod” until I got my septum punched at 00g.Which, I might add was very close to the same time that you had your septum punched. Same guy, too. (Shane Munce)

Sean: Yes, it’s true we were damn near septum twins for  a while. Except, I still haven’t ever gotten that damn double flared jewelry out that was originally put in mine!

Brian: Lucky for me, my septum is super stretchy and could take out the double flared jewelry almost immediately after getting it done. It wasn’t always a good idea, but I could do it. I don’t have to wear jewelry in it, and i can still fit about a 1/2″ piece of jewelry in.

Sean:..and speaking of putting things in places they don’t belong, let’s talk about your relationship with Shawn Porter.

Brian: Ha ha, let’s go there.

Sean: How did you first meet Shawn?

Brian: The first time I met Shawn was by complete accident on his part. I was going to my first IAM meet in Philly. 16 people signed up at the time and we were meeting at Market Street station. About 8 people showed up and we all just looked at each other and were like, “ok, what do we do now”. So we started heading towards a park and went walking through the Mall next to the station. Shawn, who happened to be shopping at the time, found himself in the middle of an IAM meet/ He followed us, and while going up the escalator looked at me and said, “Fuck you, you’re brian”.

Sean: Wow, that sure was random.

Brian: Very random. He knew who I was, because Shane had been talking about the first Weirdos event and how I was helping out. Shawn will still tell the story about how he told me to take over the event because the 15 year old girl who ran the Philly area IAM meet at the time, needed to be usurped.

Sean: Well she’s now merely known as “the 15 year old girl” and you sir are BME Royalty, so fine job usurping.

Brian: Ha. yup. But, in the grand scheme of things my royal status is mostly as the court jester, or the title I’ve grown more used to, Consigliere.

Sean: I still think of you more as security guard.  You have played the role as sober bouncer at several events at my old place , but the role of security protecting the sanctity of the “champagne room” at Shawn’s old apartment is when many may have first met you.

Brian: I’ve been the Straight Edge,  sober voice of reason for many years, and as Shawn would say, “Brian has forgotten more than you’ll know”. I am very much the behind the scenes man. The innocuous man who stands guard to a secret world.


Sean: It’s true, in fact  you have been a part of some of the most exclusive body mod events in the world. Has this led to you getting any scarification or other heavier type mods done?

Brian: The heaviest work I have gotten was getting my septum punched to 00g and my nipples scalpeled to 2g. Other than that the work that i have gotten on myself has been pretty “plain” in comparison to my compadres.

Sean: I think that’s pretty awesome. Lot’s of people in your position would end up getting other heavier work just because they were around it so much and felt they pressured to get something.

Brian: Yeah, I stick to what I want to get, and am not easily swayed into getting something new just for the hell of it. But that doesn’t mean I don’t encourage others to do it, and convince them to let me take pictures. I did, however, take an interest in pulls and suspensions. Which the story of my first and only pull is a pretty funny one.

Sean: Was it the genital pull at my old house?

Brian: Yes, the 4 way genital pull would be the one.

Sean: Refresh my memory on that one? I think you were the only one actually pierced for that rather than using an existing hole?

Brian: Yes, I was the only one that took a fresh one that day. We did a frenum on the topside on me, while everyone else went through what they had. It was Me, Shawn Porter, Julie, and Michael. And to refresh your memory, Julie schooled all three of us.

Sean: ha ha I bet, she’s always been one tough cookie.

Brian: A destructive force that you just don’t see coming.

Sean: Not at all, the eeyore panties are  misleading

Brian: Very misleading.

Sean: So tell us about your suspensions.

Brian: My first suspension was a couple days before my 25th birthday at an ROP event in Emrys backyard. It was a 2 point chest suspension. I was warned before hand that a chest suspension was probably a bad idea for suspension.The only problem is, I’m a little stubborn and there really was no talking me out of it.

Sean: That is gung ho for damn sure. How did it go?

Brian: It was like riding a bull. I was up for about 8 seconds, and ended up with 32 stitches.

Sean: Wow. But you did it and that is far more than most in the world, or even this community have attempted, myself included.

Brian: That’s right. I made it up and the only reason that i came down was because my chest started to open up like a zipper. I didn’t even realize it was happening.

Sean: If you have to come down early, that’s about as good of a  reason as  I can think of. Did you an to do any more suspensions in the future?


Brian: Yup, I did two more. My second suspension was in NYC at Brian Decker’s apartment, which was a 1 point suicide.

Sean: How was that?

Brian: This time the suspension went a little bit longer. I lasted halfway through a Minor Threat song, and ended up with only 5 stitches.

Sean: You’d think all that bacon in your diet would make your skin a bit more elastic.

Brian: You’d think that I would have stronger skin, but strong skin can’t over come bad ideas.

Sean: You definitely make for good quotes! So, how was the third suspension?

Brian: The last was the most successful. It was at the 2009 ROP suspension BBQ in Pittsfield. It was a 2 point Suicide with the new Gilson hooks.

Sean: No ripping I take it?

Brian: I lasted longer than anyone expected, and I didn’t tear one bit. It was great fun. I finally got to swing around and feel that sense of euphoria.

Sean: Awesome, that is what it’s all about man. You really are a shining example of why I got into wanting to suspend people.


Sean: I imagine a lot of the readers of this blog that know of you probably do so from your role as host of  the annual Bowling With Weirdos event. Tell  me how that all started.

Brian: The first Weirdo event was in September of 2002. It was inspired after I had gone to my first July 1st Canadian BBQ in Shannon and Rachel’s backyard. I had talked to Shane Munce about doing something in the Philly area because there wasn’t much going on at the time. There happened to be a park down the street from the shop that he was working in at the time. The idea was simple. Keep it cheap, Keep it simple, Keep it fun. The event was originally called, “Philly Area BME BBQ/Bowling Event”

Sean: It really has become one of the defining annual BME events. I remember the first year, and it has only gotten better through the years (at least the every other year I make it up for).

Brian: It’s one of the longest running consistent IAM events. It’s always a good time. It’s amazing looking at the pictures from the first year and then every year after that.

Sean: But it wasn’t that event that made you the legend you are, it was a sticker that read ballhair… why don’t you explain to the younger readers what that was all about.

Brian: Ahhh. The ballhair sticker. I had actually started getting those printed right before I joined IAM. It was a fun little experiment. There is a company out there called Sticker Guy. I always saw ads in punk rock zines about getting stickers printed and this guy would do 250 of them for $20 So, at the time I of course wanted to get something printed. My friends at the time were just in love with screaming out Ballhair (thanks to the classic Rob Schneider movie “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo”).

Sean: Very cool, kind of like the obey stickers, except with no redeeming social value.

Brian: It was very much inspired by the OBEY stickers. I used to see them all the time in Philly and wanted to do one that was a little less serious. I’ve done a LOT of prints of that sticker.


Sean: And then there was the sequel, what was it, cunthair?

Brian: No, it was Cuntbag. I only did one run of those.

Sean: Ooh limited edition, I think I still have one on a tool box too. That may be worth something after this interview gets posted!

Brian: It could definitely be. I still find handfuls of stickers here and there. When I do, I usually end up sending them to someone. I have probably printed thousands of them.


Sean: Aside from the Bowling event and the stickers the one thing that comes to mind when I think of you is food. Good, greasy, meaty food. What role exactly does food play in your life?

Brian: It’s a pretty large part. Almost every person in my family has worked in the restaurant industry in some part. Hell, my father even cooked for Reagan when he was still president.  My mother was a photographer, my Dad was a chef,  I think that pretty well explains me.  I also have two food related tattoos.

Brian: I have my Sacred Bacon tattoo, but  I also have a rib piece done by Dave   of a beautiful scantily clad young lady wearing only an apron grilling with some script that says, “Daddy’s lil Grill”.

Sean: That’s right I forgot that amazing piece!

Brian: It came out great.


Sean: Anything you want to make sure gets included, that we didn’t already touch on?

Brian: Just tell anyone that meets me to ask for a story. Whether the infamous “Get It” story, the “Indestructable” story, or any other fun tale. At East Coast events we call it story time.

Sean: What’s the “indestructable” one I don’t know of that I do not believe.

Brian: Its the story of the misspelled tattoo across my chest, it makes me “a table that can’t be destroyed” Told correctly it will make you laugh, cry, and then probably put out.

And that, dear readers, is Brian in a nutshell.


APP Podcast With Perk900

Hey, remember when I said I had a fun surprise this week? I wasn’t lying! Live from the parking lot of one of Las Vegas’s finest Del Taco establishments, this afternoon we caught up with Brian to see what sort of excitement’s been going on during the first few days of this year’s Association of Professional Piercers convention. Among the topics of conversation: good times at a shooting range, the brick shit-house that is Buck Angel (evidenced by he and Sarvas disrobing for a photo together) and the lethal combination of the boner pill Cialis and grapefruit juice. And, of course, much, much more. Get it below. Get it.

(Ed. note: The sound is a little fuzzy at times, but I cleaned it up as best I could. Brian was in a bit of a noisy area. We’ll forgive him.)


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Music featured:

Embrace – Give Me Back
Sugar – Hoover Dam
Wilco – I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

What exactly is going on here?

Of course there were a TON of suspension photos from the recent Dallas Suspension Practitioners Convention. Yet, while digging through the hundreds of photos in the ritual gallery, this totally sans-suspension photo jumped out at me. Maybe because it involves old friends of mine, or perhaps just because it is so totally random and awkward. That random awkwardness is what makes it captures the true spirit of most of the mod events I have been to better than the more typical posed, or serious shots.


The picture belongs to Brian.

The beard belongs to Micah.

The look of shock and awe belongs to Scot.

That hand, I am pretty damn certain that belongs to no other than Shawn Porter.

Piercing guns are bad, but machine guns are awesome!

Every year a few hundred piercers, and nearly as many piercees and body mod fans in general venture into Las Vegas Nevada for the annual Associations of Professional Piercers convention. Of those few hundred people, every year a few dozen of them go to the gun range to shoot various machine guns, high caliber pistols and other assorted bits of explosive awesomeness. This picture, courtesy of Robin captures one such group who made that venture this year.


Brian , Noah , RobinSantos,  Cere and V

Sitting-Michelle and Jareb

2009 BME Year End Awards

Happy New Year!! Let’s start this off by giving away free stuff!

It must have been the year I turned 21 that each day started by passing more and more quickly. I remember being 12 thinking I”d never be 16, then 18, then 21 and now I’m 4 months away from being 30. It means another year of growing BME has come and gone. It seems like the 2008 Awards were posted just a few days ago but it’s been a year. A whole year. We’ve seen so many ups and downs. This year marks the largest contribution by one person over the course of a year, which is also the largest contribution by one person during a year in the history of BME. There are also a couple faces here from last year that we couldn’t kick off the leader boards if we tried. Perk900, I’m talking to you, let’s see you get first place next year!! With this being the last day of 2009, I figured I’d kick it off right and present the 2009 Year End Contributor Awards!

You’ll also note that if you check the leader boards you’ll see different people listed in the top ten for image contributions than are listed below. Our 2nd and 3rd place winner is actually the same person so they’ve been combined and Jen gets disqualified and doesn’t get to win a contributor staff shirt because she already gets one for being staff! That moves everybody up one or two spots and that’s how we’ve come up with the list below.

If you are on the list, you’ll be contacted by me personally. If you don’t hear from me, check your spam or please email me with your address and shirt size to [email protected]. We will be sending out a very special surprise to the top contributor in each section!

I’m throwing in some BME trivia for you all to enjoy as well:

BME Facts:
Photos: 4,493,138
Experiences: 46,980
Videos: 7,942 (plus more that have been posted on Modblog!)
Posts on Modblog: 8,061
Comments on Modblog alone: 177,491
Average Daily Modblog readers; 112,387
Tattoo & Piercing Shops listed on 411.BME: 10,680 (not including the shops that are pending verification
Countries with users on BME: 70
Ask.BME answers: 1,083 (not including the previous version of the QOD)
Ask.BME comments: 2,870

There are tons of other things I haven’t included but I just wanted to show what we have all built together and thank you all again for contributing to BME and making the site what it is today.


1. 45,802 images


Kitano Karyuudo

See the rest of this year’s top contributors after the break!

2. 15,488 images
3. 2,717 images

4. 1.014 images

5. 872 images
6. 626 images
China Tattoo Portfolio
7. 577images

Allen Falkner
8. 560 images
9. 559 images
10. 473 images


. 7 experiences


2. 7 experiences

3. 6 experiences (tie)


3. 6 experiences (tie)
4. 5 experiences (tie)

4. 5 experiences (tie)
4. 5 experiences (tie)


4. 5 experiences (tie)

4. 5 experiences (tie)


Experience Reviewers:

I wanted to add in a special thank you to our reviewing volunteers who vote on experiences so they can be added to the site. Without them, Jen and I would be reading a lot of experiences and going cross eyed. Experience reviewers earn credits towards limited edition tshirts through out the year. The 25 linked are logged by experience reviews for all time, not broken down by year which is why they’re generally not included in the Year End Awards but I wanted to give them some extra recognition and say thank you again for the reviewing that you do. I appreciate it a lot.


Tiff Badhairdo
Ask.BME staff

Meg Barber
Roundtable member,

Brian Decker
Roundtable member

Stephen DeToma
Roundtable member

Allen Falkner
Roundtable, Author


Russ Foxx
Ask.BME staff

Ron Garza
Roundtable, Author

Warren Hiller
Ask.BME staff

Derek Lowe
Ask.BME, Roundtable

John Joyce
Roundtable member

Paul King

Lexci Million
Ask.BME staff

Ryan Ouellette
Ask.BME, Roundtable

Sean Philips
Ask.BME staff, Modblog

Shawn Porter
Ask.BME, Author

Efix Roy
Ask.BME staff

Joy Rumore

Lori St. Leone
Ask.BME staff

Steve Truitt
Roundtable member

James Weber
APP Author

Since everyone works from home, I’m not able to give each and every one of them a huge hug and say thank you for all the help that they do behind the scenes in making BME such a great place, not to mention keeping it updated, the servers running properly and the members happy! If you can, drop them a line and say thanks! Without them, I’d probably go crazier than I already am!


Phil Barbosa

Image processing, party
planning, mustache rides

Mike Brum

Server maintenance,
TOS banhammer

Jen Savage
Customer service,
loud noises


Jordan Ginsberg
Former Witty Guy who took amost two
years of beatdowns courtesy of

RooRaaah Crumbs

Tristan Henry-Wilson
Designer Extroidinarre, whom we
call upon from time to time!

Jonathon Marshall
Our thanks still go out to Jon who helps us
whenever we need him!

Former Admin

Shannon Larratt
BME’s founder and former EIC

I can’t thank everyone enough for continuing to support BME, not only the site itself but the community that it has fostered over the years. I look forward to a new year with new goals, obstacles and hopefully many many triumphs. The first one being the long overdue launch of the new Beta BME Galleries, then the rest of BME and finally the transition of IAM onto the new software. I’ll be able to start adding new features, aside from the ones already implemented in the new site, and BME can continue to grow while giving itself back to the community where it belongs. I can’t wait!

I also wanted to give a special thank you to the people who have contributed to BME’s Legal Defense Fund. To date we’ve raised $1,470.00, which certainly helps. As I’ve mentioned before any and cost recovered if we’re awarded attorney’s fees will be donated to BME’s Legal Defense Fund that I’ve started to help defend the body modification community at large.

And now what you’ve all been waiting for, this year’s award is the t-shirt below! I wanted to figure out how to make a shirt that said “I was a top contributor to BME and all I got was a bag of dicks!” but Alie K. came up with this great design! Check more of her work out at GoodTattoos.ca if you want to get tattooed by her or need someone to do design work. She’s come up with more than a few gems for BMEshop.


Rachel Larratt

* * *

Last post of 2009!

The ball in Times Square is about to drop and Tim’s balls look like they are about to explode!


Whether you celebrate tonight by ingesting alcohol or injecting saline (or neither) have a safe, fun night and a great start to 2010. I hope to continue entertaining, educating, challenging and disturbing modblog readers throughout 2010. Here’s a sampling of what I have in store for 2010:

-An in depth look into the life of BME’s punk rock anti-hero perk900.

-Lots more From The Vault features.

-Interviews with some of the most fascinating people on BME who most would never hear of otherwise. I really want to get one with Tiger shark man a true man of the sea, who lives on a boat and has filed his own teeth down to be more shark like.

-I will continue to use words like “taint” just so Ian McKown will continue to have something to bitch about.

-And of course, plenty of sexy women, modified genitals and tattoos that make you go “hmmmm”.

Obviously, you can see the non-censored picture from Tim’s BME Hard bonus gallery by simply clicking through.


One More Thing…

(Courtesy of rip me open)

I was first hired by BME in early 2005 and spent the better part of the year living with the team in La Paz, Mexico. Before moving there, I had never been on a plane, nor had I ever had the chance to write professionally. I got the job largely on the strength of this interview with Keith Alexander, who became an immediate inspiration and mentor. At the time, I could have never imagined I would also write a memorial to him eight months later.

Being involved with BME has changed my life in many fundamental ways, and the experiences I’ve had and the friendships I’ve gained make it difficult to announce that this will be my last post as a BME staff member. No hard feelings and no drama whatsoever—just a trip that’s run its course. We had a lot of good times, some tumultuous periods, and one hero who started calling him- or herself “anti-ginsberg,” which, hey—if nothing else, some of you folks have helped me develop a thick skin I never thought I’d grow, and whether you appreciate it or not, that’s worthy of some kind of thanks.

My eternal thanks, gratitude and friendship go out to Phil Barbosa, who has been as exemplary a friend and colleague as I could have ever asked for, to say nothing of the joy it’s been to work with Rachel, Jen, Roo, Mike, Jon, Jason and anyone else who’s been part of the team.

But this is it. I know there are plans for the site and the community, and I look very forward to seeing where this is all taken. Hopefully, I did my part to help make things not suck for at least a little while. And hey, for old time’s sake, here are some things you may have missed:

My feature story on Buck Angel, one of my all-time favorite things I’ve ever written.

Do yourself a favor and listen to this podcast with the great Perk900, live on the scene in Las Vegas for APP.

– These profiles of Shawn Barber and Kim Saigh.

The DongBlog tag, start to finish, until the end of time, amen.

BME’s Big Question was never not a good read.

You were all very patient to put up with ModBlog Fan-Fiction.

Rob Spence is one of the coolest motherfuckers alive.

Bob Roberts is a gentleman and a scholar.

– And finally…Spidey-Cock.

And that’s it! It has been an absolute pleasure, my friends. I’ll try to stop in occasionally, but until then, have fun, stay safe and, of course, thank you for your continued support of BME. Fare thee well.

This Week in BME

If you listened to my last podcast with Brian (Perk900), you heard the story behind this picture. But if not! Well, Sarvas was minding his own business at last week’s APP convention in sunny Las Vegas, just walking around, but oh, the trail was blocked, by Buck Angel. A photo was requested, and each man insisted upon removing his shirt before any evidence of their meeting was recorded, and then Sarvas just started throwing Buck around like a damn rag doll. For more fun Vegas anecdotes, listen to my subsequent podcast with Brian, coming soon!

And that’ll be it for our week, folks. What went down this time around?

We died of dysentery.

Our scars healed beautifully.

We got tattooed with a cat, just for kicks.

We showed you our whole mouth, and you liked it.

We were pirates.

We went a-tightrope walkin’.

We just straight up went crazy.

As per usual, we’ll be here a bit over the weekend, and then Monday morning we hit the ramp and fly back into orbit, clutching the little alien that’s grown so dear to us. Or something. Until then, stay safe, ModBloggers, have a good one, and, as always, thank you for your continued support of BME.

This Week in BME

It’s that time of the week, ModBloggers—this bird’s gotta fly.

(Tattoo by the excellent Lionel from Out of Step, who’s got such a singular style and has been featured on ModBlog several million times. We’ll feature some more of his stuff very soon.)

So what went down this week, friends?

Hey, we like nice, simple piercings.

We also like portraits.

And painting in the nude.

Burn yo’ dick.

Split yo’ tongue.

The incredible Sean Karn wowed us all again, as per usual.

I did a really fun podcast with Brian/Perk900, live from the APP! (There’s more where this came from, too.)

Oh yeah, check out this awesome, exclusive video of Rob Spence, a.k.a. EYEBORG.

You know the deal: Check back this weekend for some good stuff, and we’ll be back to full crushing potential come Monday morning. Until then, take care of yourselves, ModBloggers, have some fun, and, as always, thank you for your continued support of BME.

And Here Is Your Dallas SusCon Photo Update

Hey, it’s SusCon weekend in steamy Dallas, Texas, and while I couldn’t be there, lots of friends were, so let’s look at some photos of the festivities, yes? First of all, as we mentioned previously, Allen Falkner turned 40 yesterday, and what you see up there (in a picture by Angela Poon) is a project coming to fruition after three years in the making: Three years ago, BME’s own Phil Barbosa had that oversized portrait made and orchestrated having it sent all over the world with various travelers, picking up signatures at every stop, with the intention of surprising Allen with it on his fortieth birthday. And hot holy damn, it all worked! I haven’t received an official report about his reaction, but I can only assume that he has not stopped crying, seeing as he is old and infirm now. (Kidding!)

Take a peek after the jump for some more good stuff.

Oh, these photos are courtesy of Brian, who, as you can see, is up to his old tricks, molesting every young man that isn’t nailed down. Thanks Brian!

Earlier in the week, I mentioned that the ihung team would be building an even bigger PVC-pipe suspension dome than this one, and hey, there are Scot and Mikey, testing the structural integrity of the revamped version.

And there it is in all its glory. That is goddamn awesome.

It appears that, left to their own devices, the SusCon attendees quickly formed roving gangs. I believe this crew of outcasts prefer to be called “The Yellow-Jacket Boys.”

You may have noticed little ads on the side of the page over the last little while advertising a freak show/performance/etc. for Allen’s birthday and to kick off the SusCon, and this, of course, comes from that show. Here is Havve, who is one of the greatest performers around, offering a sober discussion on how the Norwegian banking system differs from the failing American model.

And here is a scary dinosaur of some sort, caught in one of Allen’s patented dinosaur traps. He will be thrown on a barbecue later on today, and devoured by everyone in attendance.

Check back soon for more updates!