Hand-Poked Cremation Ashes Tattoo

Former BME columnist Marisa Kakoulas at Needles and Sins just posted a fascinating article on a hand-poked cremation ashes tattoo done in a hand-poked dotwork style by Colin Dale of Skin & Bone in Copenhagen. Colin recently tattooed his friend Eric with Eric’s father’s ashes, mixed with soot to darken the ink, milled together in strong Vodka — apparently human ashes are very light and it helps to add an agent to make the tattoo more visible. Click the picture to visit Needles and Sins for the whole story.


Funding Request: The Chaøs Chrønicles

Lukas Zpira and The Chaøs Chrønicles are currently seeking crowd-funding for the next stage in their artistic research journey, this chapter — which is already ongoing — taking place over about 2,500 miles of road trip from Guadalajara, Mexico, down through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and ending up in Costa Rica. You can learn more about this stage of the project here on the blog (as well as on Mayliss’s White Rabbit blog), where you’ll find the photo below and any more gems. It’s only a relatively small number that they need to raise to make this project a reality, and those who donate at www.ulule.com/cronicasdelcaos/ can get a variety of rewards like postcards from every city visited, printed and signed photos, and more.


I’ve just made a donation to this by the way — my general policy when I post about projects requesting money is that I wouldn’t ask you to donate to something that I don’t think is worthwhile myself. To make a general comment about the Internet, too many people think that it’s “good enough” to just share information like this. That by spreading the word, you’ve helped enough. Now, of course spreading the word is a good thing, but it means very little if it doesn’t also come with actual donations. So I just want to put it on the record that if I suggest to you that something is worth donating to, you can feel secure that I’m not just trying to get you to pay for something I believe in. I supported this project because I think Lukas is an artist that’s out there making the world a better place and I’d like to see his work continue. To say nothing of the fact that Lukas is something that’s given a lot to me personally and a lot to this community as a whole and I feel that we owe him.

Taking flight for a good cause

According to MrHardKor, around 300,000 geese are killed every year at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for safety reasons.  When MrHardKor, an artist and taxidermist by trade, discovered that the geese were being killed and then destroyed, he knew he needed to step in.  Together with a group of like-minded individuals, he created “De Keuken van het Ongewenste Dier” (Kitchen of the Unwanted Animals).  The organization receives the geese from the licensed hunters, cleans them, and then serves them at events in and around Holland.

The following pictures come from one event that the group catered.  It was the opening of an art fair entitled “Bacchus and Soul”, and they served smoked goose.  It was there that MrHardKor hooked himself up to a pair of goose wings and some balloons to serve the geese with style.

Check out the Other Ritual Fun gallery for more photos from the event.

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The Rituals We Have

Right off the bat I’m putting the warning out there.  This post features SI cutting, so if that is triggering for you, don’t read it.  The images will be behind a clickthrough, so they can be easily skipped.

Alright, with that all said, let’s get on with this post.  I wanted to post these two pictures as they have an interesting dichotomy.  While both are recognizable as SI photos, the two are very different.  Keep on reading to see what I mean.

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Oh Brad

I’ll admit it, Lucass is one of my favorite image submitters.  The reason:  he’s always up for doing something fun with his mods.  I asked him a while back to send in pictures from his trip to Europe, and got this photo of the Eiffel tower in response.  Recently his friend Brad had a birthday, and this is what Lucass did for him that day.

Now that’s a dedicated friend.

A study in blood

IAM:Meriken_Metals recently sent in a photo series entitled “Vitality”.  While there wasn’t a lot of description given, it appears that it combined play piercing with blood play to create a blood print of the results of the piercings.  Instead of using the traditional play piercing needles, he used long pieces of flexible metal to weave the piercings together.

Head over to the ritual and play piercing gallery to see the rest of the photos.  Just a quick note, given the length of the wire, setting up a completely sterile environment would be difficult, so please don’t attempt to recreate this without first taking the proper safety precautions.

Beauty Over Harm

The last few times we’ve done a Beauty Over Harm post, the focus has been on putting a scarification piece over top of self harm scars.  I’m not going to put this behind a click-through, but if you are prone to being triggered by images of self harm scars, then you probably should move on to the next post.

BandagesandButterflies sent in several photos of her arms to the ritual cutting and ritual branding galleries.  While some of the photos are just of the scars, this photo in particular is of a tattoo she has that not only covers some of her scars, but also incorporates them into the design.  It’s hard to see, but the gaps in the leaves are scars, the picture in embiggenable, so just click it to get a closer look.

Tattoo by Taylor from Saint Sabrina’s in Minneapolis, MN

No one was harmed in the making of this post

You’ve got to hand it to the #Leeds Suspension Team.  Not only do they come up with remarkable photos for their suspensions, but also for projects that don’t involve suspension at all.

Now, before you continue on with the post, be aware that these photos do contain some violent and possibly triggering content.  Also there are boobs.

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The rings of a tree

I first saw this photo on Brian‘s page a few days ago, so when I saw he had submitted it to his portfolio gallery I made sure to get it up as soon as possible.  Now there is a fantastic story behind this piece, and since Brian explained it so nicely, I’ll let his words explain the bands.

I don’t remember if i posted about this last year, but here is some scar work i did on a young, Native American girl. In her Blackfoot tribe it is customary to have a line scarred around their arm for each year they’re alive. It is known as Ponn Miistis, which literally translates to “the rings of a tree”. When they run out of room on one arm they move to the other, then the legs, but apparently their average life expectancy is only 43.

Anyhow, her parents are more modernized now and didn’t want her having this done while she was growing up. She was intrigued by her grandfather’s rings, which covered his arms and legs, so decided to come to me from Montana to catch up. Last year i worked on her upper arm and finished it up this time. She’s 24 now.

She promises to be back every year for another line, too!

I love the fact that not only is this scarification so deeply personal for the girl, it is also a way to remind the rest of us where our modifications come from.  When I read news stories talking about a “new trend” of people getting scars, it saddens me to think that we live in a world where the vast majority has no concept of just how significant cultural rituals involving modification are.  Of course I’m speaking from a North American perspective.  There are many places the world over where not only are these rituals remembered, they are still practiced.  Thanks to this brave young woman, and Brian’s talents as an artist, the people she encounters in her life will be able to learn of a tradition that has faded away.