By The Way…Hello!

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I figure an introduction is in order!

My name is Coyote and I’m a new author for Modblog! You might remember me from These old Modblog entries, or as the old creator of the IAM: Bodies forum. I’m also a professional piercer of three years. My ultimate goal is to be a good torch carrier and continue the amazing legacy left by previous authors. Here is a bit more on why I wanted to write for Modblog.

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This logo changed my life, just as it did for many of you reading this. I am 23 years old but when I first discovered BME and Modblog as a young teen it was earth shattering. At the time I wasn’t friends with anyone in the modification community and I lived in a small town in Pennsylvania. I never really thought  a place like BME  existed in my wildest dreams and probably learned more about myself in three hours of reading blog entries than I did the last three years of my life. Not everything posted was exactly my cup of tea but I understood the drive behind it. I learned that body modification encompasses a lot of different things, and I tried to be the best student I could.

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Before BME

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After BME

I believe in BMEzine and in this community and I also believe Modblog is an invaluable resource for young people in similar situations as I was once in to learn and grow.  I feel that I am emotionally and spiritually obligated to contribute and give back what I have been given for so many years. One can only hope to be able to inspire the same sense of wonder and passion in someone that the previous contributors did for me.

 I’m extremely excited to be a part of Modblog, and I’d like to thank everyone for having me here!

“Don’t call it a comeback. I’ve been here for years.”

I am pleased to announce that I will be coming back to Modblog as a full time contributor in the very near future.

I was motivated to do so by the recent Stay Calm event in Philly. That weekend truly renewed my passion for this community and, apparently, I was not alone in that feeling. Since then, I have seen a huge resurgence of BME events and interest. There have been talks of a big BME Fest reunion, several smaller events have already been planned, Shawn Porter has started writing for Modblog again and overall this community of ours has really started to come back together. We are no longer purely reminiscing over the good old days, we are beginning to move forward as well.

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Shannon’s death was felt by our entire community a community which he, moreso than anyone else, brought together. In honor of our fallen friend I say we do our best to keep this site of his, and the community which it spawned, going well into the future. So please submit images, stories and videos to  submissions@bme.com. Or, if you prefer, you can submit stuff directly to Modblog on the Facebook fan page I created by tagging it as the Modblog page, posting to the page’s wall, messaging me through that account or emailing me at Sean@BMEzine.com.

Keep on keeping on, my friends.

SPC: ModCon One (1999)

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How do you write an article about an event so private, so secretive, that it’s guests were made to sign nondisclosure agreements? Easy. Just be one of the ones who didn’t sign. Over the last fourteen years, the ModCon events have been shrouded in mystery. Fight Club jokes aplenty- the first rule of Modcon is that you don’t talk about ModCon and so on.

But today, we’re going to do just that. In a continuing series of articles on my life in the modern Body Modification community I’ve decided to shed a little light on ModCon; where the idea first came from, the 1998 event that never happened and more.

Obviously there will be a lot left out for the sake of discretion (as well as keeping some of the mystery) but if you’re a geek for this sort of thing…  read on. Continue reading

Free Gear Update!

The free sticker giveaway is over, but don’t let that stop you from filling in your information and checking the “Free Gear” box on your BME account information page.  This was just the first in what will soon be regular giveaways, including things like t-shirts!

One thing to note:  If you did manage to get your posts in before the deadline, make sure that the name you have registered is your real name.  Nobody can see this information, however when we go to print out the mailing labels, sending a package to cumguzzler666, 123 Blank Street, Averagetown, NY is a little tricky.  Your privacy has always been our number 1 concern, and as I mentioned before, the only time we ever access it is to print off a mailing label if you win something.  That’s it.  You won’t be getting junk flyers, and we will never sell your information to anybody.

If you don’t have a BME account, what are you waiting for?  It’s free to sign up, and that instantly gives you more access to the image galleries, and you can win free stuff!  Sign up today!

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SSL Certification Announcement

As some of you may have noticed, the SSL certification was down over the weekend.  We had some problems with the renewal taking longer than expected, but it should be back up by tomorrow at the latest.  There was no hacking, nor was any of your information compromised, it was simply an administrative setback.  For those that don’t know, SSL certification is done by a third party to ensure that the security systems in place are up to standards.  No changes were made to the security system, however certification lasts for a specific amount of time before it needs to be renewed.  If you have any questions about this, please contact support@bme.com.

Starting the New Year off right

Happy New Year everyone!  Sorry I’ve been away, but that drive back from Richmond can be tough in a snow storm.  We’ve already got the first photos from the BME NYE Party popping up in the galleries, so expect to see a lot more as the week goes on.  The party was a blast, and the suspensions on new year’s day were fantastic.  A couple of first time suspendees, as well as some very emotional ones.  Of course no party is complete without the traditional ginger new year’s kiss, so here’s Rome and Rich ringing in the new year.  The little one in the middle is the new BME mascot, Millie.

So keep an eye on the BME Culture gallery for more photos from the party.

Counting down to 2012

Why do I have a funny feeling REM’s “It’s End of the World” is going to be played over and over again next year?  Alright, it’s just about that time, the BME New Year’s Eve party is just a few days away!

Now, the BME NYE Party, if it’s anything close to what it was like last year, will definitely be a blast.  We’ll have fireworks, food and drinks, and some of the most awesome people around.  Suspensions are going to be facilitated by Cere, as well as other qualified facilitators, so if you want to start the new year off by hanging from hooks, you can do it!  Now food and drinks will be provided, but just the bare minimum (burgers, hot dogs, soda, snacks etc) so feel free to bring along anything else you want.  There’s lots of room for tents on the property, and quite a few hotels just down the road near King’s Dominion (Just outside of Richmond, VA).

I’m off to pack up my bags.  I’m looking forward to seeing all of you there!

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5000th Order Shipped Out Receives $100 Gift Certificate!

Server Outage Alert

Hey folks, as you’ve no doubt noticed, the main BME.com site has been down since last night.  It turns out we had an outage sometime in the middle of the night and we’re currently working to get it back online as soon as possible.  The team has been at it non-stop since 8am this morning, and the ETA right now is a couple more hours simply due to the sheer volume of data.

We apologize for the down time, and we hope to have it back up ASAP.

2 weeks to go!

The BME New Year’s Eve party is only TWO WEEKS AWAY!  If you haven’t been to a BME event yet, this is the perfect time to come.  BME events are a great place to meet new friends, and catch up with older ones.  We’ll have food and drinks for everyone, but just the basics (hot dogs, burgers, soda, etc), so if you want to bring food go right ahead.  As usual there will be a big bonfire and fireworks, plus the usual BME shenanigans.  There’s plenty of room to set up a tent, and a bunch of hotels just down the street (click here for a map of the area) if you don’t feel like camping.

During the day there will be people on hand to facilitate suspensions.  Over the past year of BME events quite a few people have suspended, many for their first time, and all of them have talked about how great the experience is.  And even if you aren’t planning on suspending, you’re going to have a lot of fun.  BME parties at BMEHQ have had a pretty big impact on people, I can’t remember who said it, but someone described coming home from the party was like coming home from summer camp.

The fun begins during the day on New Year’s Eve, so come on down.  The event page has been set up and will have all the details as it gets closer to the party.  Plus if you need a ride, or can offer one, that’s the perfect place to set something up.

We’re doing it again!! BME NYE 2012!!

Back by popular demand is the BME New Year’s Eve Party!!!  As the weeks progress I’ll be able to share more and more information, but for now, here’s the stuff you need to know..

When: New Year’s Eve

Where:  BME HQ – Located close to King’s Dominion in Virginia (Outside Richmond)

Now, for those of you making the drive down here’s some things to know.  Camping is allowed on the property, however keep in mind it’ll be December 31st so bring a warm sleeping bag.  For those not interested in camping, simply look up any of the hotels near King’s Dominion and make a reservation.  Like other BME Events at BME HQ some food will be provided, although it will just be the basics, burgers, dogs, and soda.  If you want/need anything specific, feel free to bring it with you, and if you want, bring extra to share.

I’ll have more to share as the planning goes into full effect, but for now here’s a short video from last year’s party.

Please note:  Jumping into, through, or around the fire is strictly prohibited.  Which means I will NOT be doing a repeat of last year’s incident.

We’re looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, as well as any new ones, so mark off your calendar and make your reservations today!

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