She’s got a pair of brass ones

Earrings.  Brass earrings.  What did you think I was talking about?

Emily is wearing a pair of Solid Brass Triple Cranio Weights, from Diablo Organics.  They’re a new addition to the BMEShop, which is where Emily got her pair.

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Sale Ends tonight at Midnight!

IAM launch delays and ETA…

Hey everyone, we just wanted to let you know what’s been happening with IAM over the weekend.  On Friday the site went live, however there were a couple of major issues that users found and it was taken down immediately.  Over the weekend Rachel has been working around the clock with the website guys to get the site up and running.  Yesterday the site was almost ready to go, however there were a couple of problems that needed to be dealt with.

We’re sorry for the lack of updates, but everyone has been working hard on getting it up and running and we haven’t had time to sit down to announce anything.  We’re hoping to have IAM up and running by later today, as we’re in the final stages of testing some of the new features now that the former problems have been fixed.  As it stands now, the site will either go up today with some of those features being added over the course of the week if the site is stable or we’ll have it up by Thursday with the features in place.  It all depends on what the developers can do with the site while it’s live.  I’ve been as anxious as everyone else to get back onto IAM, and Jen or I will try to get more updates for you over the course of the day.

I know it’s been a long wait, but from what I’ve seen it’s definitely worth it.

Again, we apologize for the delays in the launch, and we hope to have everything up and running within the next day.  Keep an eye on ModBlog for any further updates.

Oh, and here’s a fresh BME Logo tattoo that was sent in by Dspiercing.

EDIT: If you are having problems logging in please email [email protected]. Please note that you log in to IAM via the main page on BME, so if you visit an old IAM link and it redirects you to BME, that’s actually the right place. You need to log in there using your email address and password. Again, if you are having problems email [email protected] and please include your IAM name. Thanks! Jen

It’s finally here!!

Dear IAM family,

The time has finally come. After 3 very long years, several false starts, thousands of man hours, dozens of people (most of whom aren’t the same people from the start), 3,714 emails between the developers, Mike, Jen and myself, hundreds of pages of designs, hundreds of thousands of lines of code, thousands of revisions and unfortunately my entire life savings! 🙂

We’ve been tweaking things left and right on the private beta to clean up as much as we can and have it 100% perfect with every feature ready to go but that’s the entire reason it’s called a beta! We need to have our community actively using it so that we can move forward with fresh eyes. As the community uses the beta, more and more features will be added, we had to draw the line some where and get everyone using it so that we could make all the other adjustments that we need to make with the system under heavy load.

I’m sending out this broadcast to all of IAM in order to let everyone know that we’re about to release the new version of In order to make sure that we have the most up to date copy of the data, we’re going to have to turn IAM off for a couple of days prior to launching the new site. IAM will be offline starting Monday the 8th. It should be back online on Thursday the 11th.

We have spent the last several years going over and over the data, the old site and the new site to make sure that we are always advancing and giving you more than IAM & BME have ever been able to offer in the past.

With the initial launch, some features that you’re used to using may not be available initially, but please don’t worry! The site will continually be upgraded to keep BME/IAM in line with the rest of the internet. As I said before, we have to draw the line at some point with a feature set and get the community running on the new software in order to keep adding all of the features that we want IAM to have.

Please keep in mind that this is the first upgrade that IAM has received in well over a decade! I look forward to it and I appreciate your patience and understanding while we work out the kinks that arise with any upgrade!

While your journal entries, forums, messages and photos will all be imported, please take a moment to use the following tools to make a back up of your data. The “Diary Download” tool will make a file that contains your diary entries, their titles and the dates they were posted, including the HTML you may have included in the post. The “Photo Download” tool will make a zip file containing every image that you have ever uploaded to IAM (including those that you have removed access to from your page). Please allow some time for the tools to process and the downloads to complete. Some members have very large photo back up files and they will take some time to download depending on the speed of your connection.

Diary Download Link:

Photo Download Link:

While the over all “look and feel” of IAM will be changing, most of the way that IAM works will remain the same. We’ve even gone to great lengths to keep the IAM related MACRO tags working. All of the functions and features of IAM will still work and function the same way. The biggest “change” is that all of the various settings that you need to select to select things and make your IAM account function a certain way will have been moved to one “settings” page so that you don’t need to dig in various settings pages in order to find/change them. Our main goal was to make IAM easier to use. That was the main focus of the redesign.

The following MACROS WILL NOT be able to be imported to the new IAM. The reason that is is because those MACROS have been replaced with other MACROS or they have been built INTO other functions that operate a different way. Please remember that these features will be available but with things like your IAM page’s custom theme, you will have to recreate it on the new system.

  • 1.In forums, the following functions will no longer be implemented: **NOINDEX**, **BOTTOMINDEX**, **INDEX**, **RTL** **TRANSCRIPT**
  • 2.In diary entries: **NOBME** – This will no longer be necessary as your media will all be available in the “media” section of your profile. You decide what you want to share with IAM members, with BME or keep private.
  • 3.In diary entries: – This function is not being imported. You can set your page to either “IAM Only” (this is the default) or to allow anyone.
  • 4.Custom themes. These will not be imported. The new IAM uses a WYSIWYG editor and you will be able to easily customize your page using the new editor. If you want to save your current settings so you can refer back to them after the move, we encourage you to view your custom edit page and take a screen shot or copy the data in some way as once the move is made you will no longer be able to access that information.

If you have any questions, please EMAIL [email protected]. Jen, Mike and I will be very busy during the upgrade process so we will not be able to answer individual messages sent via IAM during this time but you will definitely be able to get a reply from Jen if you email [email protected].

Thank you for your continued support of BME. You are what makes BME possible and the place that it has grown to be today!


p.s. Everyone’s IAM page is active as I just made sure to add time to all the accounts on IAM so if your friends haven’t logged in because they said their accounts have been expired.  So tell all your friends that their IAM account is active so they can come check out all the new features, as well as back up any of their data.

BMEtv – Anders

Today’s BMEtv video takes up back up to the Gold Coast where the BME World Tour Team met up with Anders the Piercing Guy.  This video was originally set to go up on May 30th, but there were some problems with the video.  Since then, they’ve been corrected, and it’s ready to go.

To check out the video, keep on reading!

If you’ve missed any of the videos so far, you can check out the rest of them in the BME World Tour Video Gallery

BMEtv – Matthew Martyr

Now that BMEFest has come and gone, we can get back to our regularly scheduled BMEtv updates!

Today’s video comes from the Melbourne stop on last year’s BME World Tour.  The crew sat down with Matt Martyr, a piercer from The Piercing Urge, and talked to him about what life was like as an American working in Australia.

To check out the video, keep on reading!

If you’ve missed any of the videos so far, you can check out the rest of them in the BME World Tour Video Gallery

BMEtv – Dan Montgomery

For today’s BMEtv video we’ve got a special treat for you.  The BME World Tour gang had a chance to sit down with Dan Montgomery, and talk to him about life with a prosthetic eye.  When Dan was young he had an accident with a pair of scissors, which left him blind in one eye.  Due to complications later in life, he had to have the eyeball removed, and has since lived with what is commonly referred to as a glass eye.

Dan’s extremely well spoken, and it’s definitely worth the time to check out the interview.

To hear the rest of Dan’s story, keep on reading!

If you’ve missed any of the videos so far, you can check out the rest of them in the BME World Tour Video Gallery

BMEtv – Alex “Rusty” Cairns

Today’s BME World Tour video takes us to TatuDharma in Syndey where the crew sat down with Alex “Rusty” Cairns.  We talked with Alex about how he got involved with tattooing, and his take on the business side of the art.

Also, you may have noticed that the Anders video was taken down.  It turns out I posted that one ahead of schedule and our editors hadn’t had a chance to finalize it (hence the lack of graphics and wrong aspect ratio).  I’ll get it back up as soon as they get a chance to finalize the editing.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at today’s BMEtv interview.

To check out the video, keep on reading!

If you’ve missed any of the videos so far, you can check out the rest of them in the BME World Tour Video Gallery

BMEtv – Matt Collins

It’s time for another look back at the BME World Tour.  Today’s interview is with Matt Collins from Dynamic Tattoo in Melbourne.  Matt’s a young artist who is making a name for himself while working alongside other artists who are mentoring him as he develops his craft, including Trevor McStay, who we talked to in an earlier edition of BMEtv.

To check out the video, keep on reading!

If you’ve missed any of the videos so far, you can check out the rest of them in the BME World Tour Video Gallery

BMEtv – Andy Christ

For today’s BME World Tour video, the crew moved up to Gold Coast to talk to Andy Christ from 383 Tattoo.  In addition to being a tattoo artist, Andy is also a graffiti artist, and he talks about how that’s influenced his artistic style.

To check out the video, keep on reading!

If you’ve missed any of the videos so far, you can check out the rest of them in the BME World Tour Video Gallery

BMEtv – Rob Abell

BMEtv is back with another look at last year’s world tour! Rob Abell is another one of the talented artists from Dynamic Tattoo in Melbourne.  Here he is talking about how he got involved in tattooing and what he sees as trends in tattoos in Australia.

To check out the video, keep on reading!

If you’ve missed any of the videos so far, you can check out the rest of them in the BME World Tour Video Gallery