We hope your New Year’s Eve celebrations were enjoyable no matter what you did. 2013 was full of a lot of bumps and some deep losses. As we continue to heal our hearts, we want to wish you a wonderful 2014.
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All of us here at BME want to express our sympathies and condolences to everyone in Boston and those who were watching or participating in the Boston Marathon today. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.
If you’re in Boston please check in with us and let us know that you’re OK.
If you were at the marathon today consider adding yourself to the Safe & Well List offered by the Red Cross so that your family and loved ones know you’re OK.
Google is also offering a person finder to check on loved ones.
On April 27th, in Philadelphia, there will be a gathering to celebrate Shannon’s life and the friendships he helped to foster. To read more about the event, please visit this blog. Below is an excerpt from the site about the event:
The weekend will have something for everyone, reminiscent of BME BBQs of the past. There’ll be time at the park, private suspensions, a party/fundraiser at a bar and the eventual hotel shenanigans that IAM events made famous.
We’ve worked out a special group rate at the LOWES Philadelphia (update: SOLD OUT! We’re working on a second block at another local hotel so please stay in touch if you’re in need of accommodations) and are working on other perks. Checking back here or the Facebook event listing will be your best way to keep up with the latest news.
If you know of any other gatherings taking place please feel free to post about them in the comments below.
We just wanted to say thank you, again, for the love and support the community has shown all of us here at BME. If you’re going to an event please do take pictures and share them with BME, we would love to see them, especially those of us who live too far away to attend anything.
A few short weeks prior to his passing, Shannon had been working on new designs for BMEshop. The Art of Suspension, displaying the various styles of suspensions that have been performed, was the last shirt that he had completed.
Per Shannon’s request, we would like to use this shirt as a fundraiser in order to raise funds for his daughter, Ari Larratt, who lives with her mother, Rachel Larratt.
The shirt has Shannon’s design on the front and printed on the back is the Militia logo In Memoriam of Shannon.
The shirts start at $20 and there is an option to add a donation amount. The final amount of the shirt you select will display on the top next to the name of the shirt as well as on the left of the donation drop down menu on the shop page.
Please note that the shirts will not be able to be printed until after Rachel and Ari return from Canada, which will be around mid April. They will be printed as soon as possible and shipped shortly after that. Thank you.
The outpouring of support the community has shown since Shannon’s passing has touched and overwhelmed us. Many people have talked about auctioning off paintings, jewelry and other items Shannon has given them in order to donate the money to Ari, Shannon’s and Rachel’s daughter. While this is a wonderful gesture, we would prefer if you could keep it safe and cherish it. There is no need to auction off anything in order to provide financial support for Ari as she has been living solely with Rachel for over 2 years and is well cared for by her mother. We have been keeping an eye out for auctions so that we may purchase the work to give to Ari. If, for some reason, you don’t want to keep the item or find that you’re unable to, please consider sending it to Ari so that she may have her father’s work to cherish. You can contact Jen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on where to send it if this is something you would like to do and she will provide you with a shipping address.
People have been inquiring about sending in donations to support Ari and we are deeply moved by your kindness. If you would like to donate money that will go directly to Ari’s immediate care, we ask that you please send it to the PayPal account listed below. All funds sent to this account are deposited directly into a savings account in Ari’s name. They can be sent via PayPal to email@example.com. Please make sure not to create automatic Paypal links from BME as direct traffic from BME (and other sites prohibited from using Paypal) have caused those accounts and related funds to be seized by Paypal. We don’t want this to happen. Please include your name and shipping address so that Rachel and Ari can send you a special “thank you” card to show their appreciation for keeping them in your thoughts and hearts during this tremendously difficult time in their lives.
Please also consider continuing to contribute to BME. Your contributions ensure that Shannon’s legacy remains alive and also directly helps to support Ari. We would love it if you have photos of Shannon, from events and other meet ups, to please consider sending those in as well. They are a wonderful memory for all of us to share and for Ari to see as well. Submissions can be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent through your BME account.
We ask that people please refrain from emailing Ari. If you would like to send a message of condolence to her please send it to Rachel (email@example.com – please put Ari’s name in the subject line) so that she may read it to her or save it for a later time when it is more appropriate.
We are aware that various members of the community are getting together to hold memorials in Shannon’s memory. This is a wonderful gesture. We would ask that you please provide us with the information on any local memorials and we will help to pass on that information. We will announce, at a later date, when a larger memorial will be taking place. A private memorial for family is already planned.
Again we are touched and overwhelmed by the love and support the community has shown and we thank you and appreciate the understanding you have shown us while we continue to grieve.
Sorry for the radio silence folks. Shannon is dealing with some things but he’ll be back! I thought I’d break the silence with a BME girl. I’m not sure I completely believe that halo. Thanks to Mirka X Mythra for the photo.
See more like this in the BMEgirls gallery.
We’re doing it again! Until Sunday at midnight, visit BME Shop for savings of 40%-off on plugs and ear jewelry from Reign, Kaos, Diablo Organics and Gorilla Glass, as well as dermal anchors and Skin Divers.
Awesome? Awesome. Just enter the promo code fortyoff at check-out to claim your savings. Happy shopping!