About Sean Philips

Sean Philips is not a doctor, but he plays one on BME.

Excuse me sir, but there is a bee upon your mustache, or perhaps your mustache is a bee?

I rarely post tattoos on Modblog, seeing as how there are hundreds of popular tattoo blog sites and thousands upon thousands of smaller ones. However, this onehas so much going on and yet, is so well executed, I felt obliged to share it here.

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The piece is on Keighla Night’s thigh  and it was done by Ryan Burke at Tattoo Asylum in Portland Oregon.

A lotus flower is born under the skin, grows under the skin and rises out of the skin…

At this point in my life there are not too many “extreme body mods” that I actively consider getting. For instance, scarification doesn’t hold up well on me, transdermals had to be cut out of my head and eyeball tattooing simply freaks me the hell out. However, the one “extreme mod” I still could see myself getting is a new subdermal implant. I LOVE the little ear flat implants for instance. I am also planning on swapping out my old school titanium circular barbell implant in my hand for a newfangled silicone one of identical shape and size. My left had used to have a Titanium cbr until months later I caught a bad case of cellulitis in the hand, freaked out and cut that bastard out! Had I known then, what I know now I would have just taken some cephlex and bada bing, it would have been better. Anyhow, I am currently lasering off the tattoo on the hand and that has me thinking I’d like to do a detailed silicone implant on that hand then tattoo over it.

This lotus implant. done by the only man I’d trust to do such a thing on me personally, XPureX, has been under the skin for two years and looks absolutely awesome! It definitely has gotten my creative juices flowing and it has helped to respark my interest in getting a new one myself!

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“As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world”
-Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism

WTF, Sean, where have you been?

Well, it’s funny you ask.

I have been doing the same thing I have always done, I have been focusing on body modification and blogging on that matter. Only, this time I have been focusing on a totally new (to me) form of body modification, one that consist of improving my bodies health and fitness. So I left ModBlog to my bearded buddy, Rob, and I started focusing most of my efforts towards my health and fitness blog, The Caveman’s Man.

So whereas before I was cutting, perforating, injecting, implanting and removing my body parts to obtain my ideal body image, now I have shifted focus onto the aspects of my body and health that will allow me to live long enough to answer that often asked question “what are you going to do with  all those tattoos and piercings when you are 80?”.

With my former lethargic lifestyle combined with eating nothing but take out (and perhaps occasionally over indulging in booze), 80 wasn’t looking too likely of a lifespan for me. However, after losing 70 pounds and totally turning my life around,  when someone ask ”what are you going to do with  all those tattoos and piercings when you are 80?” I can cynically reply, “probably your great granddaughter”.

Anyhow, my passion for BME type body mods has never, and as far as I can assume will never diminish. So when Rob asked me to cover ModBlog for him for a few days while he was on vacation, I gladly accepted the offer. When it came time to write my first post of the year,  I figured, why not combine both of these vastly different body modification interest for it?

So here you have my good friend, fellow healthy modded human being and my WOD wife, Katie McShady (who coincidentally has her own fitness blog), doing a split snatch at my Crossfit gym, Crossfit Mainstreet.

(I know, I know. I said “split snatch” laugh it up, add some relevant puns and move on.)

There are many sides to body modification, and many types of people involved in it but you have to appreciate someone like Katie, who represents our modified world so well by being a showcase for amazing tattoos and beautiful body jewelry as well as health and fitness, education and just being a damn good human being in general.

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Drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity…

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”
— Hunter S. Thompson


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The cutting part of this scar/tattoo tribute to the godfather of gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson was done by Tony Snow. Tony is currently out in my neck of the woods guest spotting at Fatty’s with Hannah. A mere twenty minutes away from my shop and not even a visit. For shame you bastard.

Another mind-boggingly awesome mod for the day…

In keeping with the theme from my last post, “mods that stir up a genuine  sense of awesomeness for me”, I present to you Mason’s (who you may remember from this Modblog gem from the past ) deep chest “piercings”. I say piercing in quotes, because while these are opening in the skin filled with a piece of jewelry, the procedure to get them there (and healed) was FAR from a piercing.

When I first saw this picture on Tumblr, I shot Mason a message I wanted 2 things: a) a better photo of this mod and maybe some additional photos. b) his permission to post this on modblog. That little bastard never responded to me and I realized 2 things: a) this mod is so AWESOME that if all we can get is a homoerotic myspace mirror shot, then that’s what we will post! b) This is Mason, am I really waiting on permission from him?

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Since I never got the full 411 from Mason, I am basing the following information on what he told me a long time ago, and my own theories so if anyone involved with this project wants to jump in and correct me, please do so.

These “piercings” started as subdermal implants done by none other than Brian Decker (if memory serves me correct).  After the subdermals were allowed sufficient time to heal, they were removed which left behind a healed fistula. Then the entry and exit points for the new “piercing” were opened by Howie and teflon jewelry was inserted.  (Thanks to Tony for correcting me on the implant to piercings steps). This left behind a piercing that would be nearly impossible to heal using traditional manners and a mod that I have only actually seen one other time…and that was on Fakir Musafar!

Now, this is just plain rad.

I have to admit, after over a decade on this site I tend to take mods that other’s would consider amazing for granted. It’s rare that I see any mods that stir up a genuine  sense of awesomeness for me. This ear mod on Kira got that reaction from me.

This awesome ear  mod was done by Bruno, who was one of the first practitioners I knew of to use the cut and suture method for cartilage removal. For this piece he used a custom made dermal punch and custom jewelry. The plan is for her to wear the jewelry for a few years to truly define the shape and then hopefully she can not wear any jewelry and still have the cross removal be well defined. If it turns out as well as the inner conch removal Howie cut and sutured on me a few years back, she will have an awesome ear mod for sure!

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For more pics of the custom punch, and whatnot you know the deal, keep on keeping on…..

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ROP BBQ coming soon!

Hello everyone! Its that time of the year again! It is time to reserve your spot for the 2011 ROP BBQ in Pittsfield, MA! The dates are set in stone for the weekend of Friday August 12th until Sunday August 14th, rain or shine! (And given our history, it will probably be leaning toward rain) For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the event, you can expect three days of camping, relaxing with friends old and new, BBQing and the main event: Suspensions and pulls in the beautiful Pittsfield State Forest.  This is considered a public event, and everyone is welcome to attend! Whether you are considering your first suspension or have hung 100 times, the ROP BBQ is a guaranteed good time. There will be a few points to hang from in the woods, including a private spot for those of you seeking a more secluded experience. Most spots overlook Berry Pond for a beautiful suspension experience in the heart of the Berkshires. (Fun Fact: Berry Pond is at an elevation of 2,150 feet, making it one of the highest bodies of water in New England)ACCOMODATIONS:

It’s camping!

http://www.reserveamerica.com/r/campgroundDetails.do?subTabIndex=0&contractCode=ma&parkCode=pitt

The most important thing to note about staying for the weekend is that campsites are limited. That being said, they are extremely cheap (a few bucks a day) so get on the website and book that shit! Also, there is an important change this year when it comes to motor vehicles. There will be no parking available at either of the group sites! This means that you MUST reserve your own campsite to assure that you will have a parking spot. There will be a shuttle set up between Bishops Field (group site) and site 01 (top of the mountain- suspension sites). We will also have an indoor space reserved in the event that we have to move inside for a bit.

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SUSPENSIONS:

If you would like to suspend at the event, YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER. You can do this by contacting this guy named Cere. He is handling all of the donations and will be happy to hook you up with a guaranteed spot to suspend.

FOOD:

The event is BYOFTBBQ (Bring your own food to BBQ). Bring what you like to eat, we will provide the place to BBQ! There is a Big Y not too far from the forest. Because we will be inside a State Forest, there are no drugs or alcohol allowed.

SPONSORSHIP:

We are currently looking for sponsors for supplies. Anyone can sponsor (shops, companies, particularly generous individuals) and we will have a little sponsorship package to offer that will showcase the sponsor. If your company is seriously interested in sponsoring our awesome event, contact Kristina- [email protected]

Be sure to hit up the  events page for more info and a forum!

Ouroboros, the ultimate test for my macs spell check.

This miniature Ouroboros cutting done by no other than Ryan Oullette is a great example of the detail work that can be packed into  tiny scars. Facial scars are generally very subtle, so I imagine this will heal cleanly and likely have the appearance of a white tattoo. Hopefully, this guy keeps up with Ryan so we can have a healed pic down the road.

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Happy birthday, Brian Decker!

It seems like just yesterday, Shawn was asking me if I had heard of “this Brian Decker guy in NY”. I hadn’t. Shawn told me Brian was some piercer getting into doing heavy mod work.  We both assumed that, like most all other,piercers getting into heavier mod work at the time, he had to be a hack. Needless to say he did a helluva job proving us both wrong and is now one of the biggest and most respected names in piercing/ body modification.

For his heavy mod work, his contributions to the evolution of body piercing, his work with ROP and his ability to survive off nothing more than pop tarts for extended periods of time he deserves a big fat Happy Birthday from myself, all the fine folks at BME as well as the modified community at large.

So happy freaking birthday, you delightfully bitter old fart!

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