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Rob is the news guy for Modblog. He's also Canadian. And has a beard.

Bad Boy Bill

Earlier today Shannon brought up the fact that BME has seen quite a few video game tattoos in its time.  Sure enough, I go to check the galleries today and look what turned up…

For IAM: gunsxofxsummer this tattoo by Andy Yoder of Ace of Spades in Asheville, NC, means a bit more than just a simple video game reference.

I like to speak on many levels at once. The obvious “bite me” message, the “bite the bullet” message attributed to general tattoo/pain experiences, and lastly, a reminder to myself to stop riding the fence and bite the bullet and go to one side or the other.

Operation: Hooks fer Christ

I’ve been sitting on these photos for a while, just waiting for the go-ahead from Kcir to post them, and that day is today! What you’re seeing is Kcir and a friend doing a pull on the lawn of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church.  To those of you not familiar with the church, they’re a family of lawyers that run their own church.  They’ve made a name for themselves by protesting the funerals of men and women who have lost their lives on duty in the military, by holding up offensive and extremely homophobic signs.  Basically they’re a sick bunch of attention seekers that are trying as hard as they can to piss off everybody.

Well, Kcir and his friends decided to have a little fun at their expense by doing this pull on the lawn of the church, and ending it with a sloppy wet kiss.  It’s important to note that they aren’t doing this to protest any religion, but rather the actions of a bunch of sick and twisted individuals.  Here’s a bit of what Kcir had to say about his motivations:

i have big beef with these guys for exactly what we’re going to keep them from doing. protesting soldier’s funerals. most of their other targets can fight back. i have a lot of dead soldiers in my family. almost every member of my dad’s side of the family up to me has been a soldier. they’ve fought and bled for this country and now i feel i should step up for them since they can’t. i don’t agree with the wars, the armies, any of it. but i love the troops who fight with my safety in mind. every one of them that falls is one less person willing to give up their life for us. i owe the same peace of mind i enjoy to the families those soldiers live behind.

Kcir and his team have more planned for the coming weeks, however due to the nature of their activities I won’t be announcing those plans just yet.  It’s not that they’ll be doing anything illegal, but secrecy is key.  Just know that when it does happen, ModBlog will be here to bring you all the glorious details.

That’s Kcir on the left, and the sign he’s holding says “Hookin’ fer Christ“.

John Waters, Eat Your Heart Out

There are very few people that can successfully pull of a pencil ‘stache without attracting the attention of Chris Hanson.  Salvador Dali did it, Raoul Julia was able to do it occasionally, Prince became a sex symbol with his, and of course John Waters has been rocking his for decades.  Now when many of us were kids, especially those of us with dads who had a mustache, a pencil could easily transform into a mustache.  Just stick it under your nose and curl your top lip.  It was the memory of doing that as a kid that led IAM: Ominous Angus to get this finger tattoo.  To him it’s a reminder to never grow too old.

Pulled Together

When it comes to body modification related activities, one of the most intimate would have to be a pulling between two people.  The transference of energy, coupled with the trust and reliance one has with their partner, make pulls like this remarkable.  Below we have Andru and his wife sharing a moment out on the Oregon coast.  The pull was facilitated by Eduardo Chavarria and it was the couple’s first pull together.

So happy together

Me and you and you and me
No matter how they throw the hooks, it has to be
The only one for me is you, and you for me
So happy together

I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you
For all my life
When you’re with me, baby the skies’ll be blue
For all my life

Here’s Oxi and Supa sharing a moment during their tandem suspension at the Kaptive8 Suspension Krew playground.

Challenge Accepted!

When it comes to suspension hooks, gilson hooks are known for being pretty damn tough.  Of course if you put one in front of Supa and tell him it’s a strong hook the first thing he’ll say is “challenge accepted!”  So with the help of his Kaptive8 Suspension Krew family, Supa went balls to the wall and did everything he could to break one.

Here’s how the hook looked when Supa was finally finished with it.

What’s important to note here is that 99.9% of suspensions won’t actually involve the amount of stress that Supa put on the hook here.  You can also see that even with Supa trying for a hook failure, he was only able to bend it, not break it.  You can see more of Supa’s efforts to break the gilson in the Kaptive8 Suspension Krew gallery.