“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.

DSCN0063Me and the infamous Todd Bertrang at Stay Calm.

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.

Domo Sayagata, Mr. Willie

This sayagata patterned cutting was done by Sweden’s own Willie.  The recipient is actually Willie’s apprentice, and I have to say that is one lucky apprentice.  At the time this photo was taken the scar is 4 days old, which is a nice time to take a picture as the scar is still fresh, but the bleeding has stopped and any swelling has died down.

Given the level of detail required for a design like this, I’d day Willie pulled it off really well.