Happy (belated) Birthday to Fakir!

I just got back, late last night, from a week long family beach trip. I planned to skip out on Modblog today, and instead, focus on healing my sunburn, my sore muscles and my hangover. However, after I got home, I realized a monumental birthday passed while I was gone, the 80th birthday of the “father of the Modern Primitive movement”, Fakir Musafar.

To, me Fakir will always be an inspiration. The fact he has dedicated his life to body modification for longer than I have been alive and that he is still actively involved in body modification, deserves respect from anyone involved in this community. He, more than any other individual brought attention to piercings, scarification, suspension, corsetry and countless other forms of body art and body play. If it were not for him, I don’t know where we (as the bod mod community) would be today, or if most of us would even be a part of this community at all.

There is not much more I can say about Fakir that hasn’t been said in the book Modern Primitives, The DVD Dances Sacred and Profane, his personal website, or Allen’s write up on hooklife.org. So I suggest anyone not fully versed in the life of Fakir Musafar start in those places.  However, for the countless friends and fans of him and/or of his work who didn’t get a chance to wish him a happy birthday on his actual birthday, feel free to so do in the comments here.


An often overlooked form of body modification

Wow, it would appear as if corsetry hasn’t been featured on Modblog since WAY back in 2006! I bet a lot of current readers don’t even realize the semi-permanent and permanent changes to one’s body that can be created using something that is now often considered just a fashion accessory. These pictures were in the November 2009, BME  corsetry & binding galleries and I am quite pleased to be able to feature them now.


The guy in these photos is IAM: Fish Japan, for  2 more pics of the impressive commitment to corsetry, keep reading.



If you are interested in the body modification of corsetry, be sure to check out the BME Encylopedia entry on it.

This Week in BME

And so goes the week, everyone. Before we wrap things up, take a gander at this lovely temporary corset, with piercings by Filoz out of Milano, Italy, and as photographed by Andrea Degrada. A couple more shots, after the jump.

So, what went down this time around?

We got an update on this gorgeous Dingwell backpiece.

Howie checked in with this excellent koi cutting.

Caught a glimpse of Uranium Hobo’s fancy bug plugs.

Darwin stared into our souls, probably.

– This week’s hilarious controversy hinged on this gentleman’s eyelid tattoos, which really got the blood pumping, for some reason, until we posted an update, which ended all arguing on the Internet, forever.

We profiled Markus Cuff, who, in addition to recording an album with Emmylou Harris once, has been one of the chief photographers for a little magazine called Tattoo for 15 years or so.

We fartbarfed.

And that’s it, friends. We’ll be here over the weekend here and there, and then ramp it back up to normal striking power on Monday. Have a good weekend, ModBloggers, stay safe, and, as always, thank you for your continued support of BME.