Pain Solution US Tour

Håvve Fjell and Pain Solution are back in the United States soon, touring with The Sqidling Brothers Circus Sideshow, and perhaps most excitingly wrapping up their tour in Dallas for the suscon with a performance with Stelarc (generally considered one of the grandfathers of modern suspension, along with Fakir Musafar). Jump to the website for up-to-date tour info, but here’s what’s been announced:

To get an idea of what Pain Solution‘s shows are like, check out these videos:

And as to the show with Stelarc, I’m not sure what they have planned for Dallas, but here’s what they did in Oslo last year. This is not something you want to miss — it’s one of those “once in a lifetime” events that will change the way you look at suspension. Any performer or practitioner able to make it to Dallas should do everything they can to make it!

Rolf and Stelarc at the Oslo Suspension Symposium

I met and interviewed Stelarc back in 2004 at the Transvision transhumanist convention here in Toronto, but while he was already planning it, he had not yet implanted the ear in his arm. He’s in Oslo right now, as part of the amazing 2012 Oslo Suspension Symposium (these events just keep getting more and more amazing), and Rolf Buchholz — and incredible artist in his own right — just posted a nice picture of the two of them together showing off their amazing transformation. Zoom in and get a nice big look.

In addition to collecting an incredible number of piercings, Rolf also takes an incredible number of just wonderful images from suspension events around the world — he is the best traveled suspension enthusiasts I can think of, perhaps by a wide margin, and it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that he holds a world record in suspension as well as piercing. In any case, here are two photos he took at the happening-right-now 2012 Oslo Suspension Symposium. Stunning artistry, as I had expected. The first photo can be zoomed in.

The only person to bend a 4ga Gilson

A lot of people will tell you what you see in this video is not possible, but following up on the photo at the bottom of this recent entry, in this video you’ll see Neil Chakrabarti — already a heavy guy himself — lift two other heavy guys for a total of something around 800 pounds. Off a single 4ga Gilson hook. He didn’t tear out, but the hook did bend slightly. I doubt there is a single other person on the planet who can make that particular claim. I should mention that this video is from a great big YouTube playlist of 122 videos showing Suspension Mecca 2012. Never forget that the human body is stronger than steel.

Free Fall Suspension: The Challenge (4th Run)

The pioneers of free fall suspension at Sinner Team in Moscow have just put together an amazing new video ( documenting nine new free fall suspension jumps. I’ve said it before, but this to me is the most exciting thing to happen in suspension for a long time, and on the scale of “fun” in suspension, blows away spinning beams, while also being incredibly pure and profound. Not only that, but the way they do it is a pinnacle of safety and professionalism. It makes me very proud to be a part of this community when I see things like this. Watch this full-screen!

There’s also a video folder here — — that contains all four long videos they’ve done, which show lots of different jumps from people of all different ages, weights, genders, and lifestyles doing them without problems. Anyone can do this with the right training and attention to safety.

On that note I want to mention that on the 28th to 30th of September they are planning one more jumping event, and these are all legal jumps from a building near the Moscow centre, which also coincides with a party they’re throwing to celebrate the team’s 4th birthday (how thrilled am I that my birthday coincides with this team and this event!). The third day will be fairly open and will provide information to those planning jumps in the future, making it the final open event of “The Challenge”. After this they are starting to make a full movie which will accurately tell the story of how this all came about. A flight from New York City to Moscow is only about $500 according to a quick check on Expedia, and I’m sure it can be found cheaper with a minimum of searching. What’s stopping you?

If you are interested in learning more, contact

Olso lounging

It’s always fun to see Arseniy from #Leeds Airlines (Russia) suspend.  He’s behind the scenes of so many fantastic suspensions, it’s good to see him get up.  This suspension took place at Oslo Suscon, and was facilitated by an all-star cast of practitioners.  With the help of Havve from Wings of Desire (Norway), Matt “Superboy” Kirk from Skindependant (New Zealand), and Lari from Finland, Arseniy went up in a 3 point, 1 knee, 2 elbow suspension that he then transferred into a single point knee.


There were a lot of great moments from the 2011 Dallas Suscon, one of which was this suspension from the crew.  If I recall correctly, this is Drew from ihung, and he suspended pretty early on in the weekend.  The dome he’s in is ihung’s portable suspension rigging, which can set up pretty much anywhere they want to suspend someone, without having to find a building or a tree.

The Face Lift

If you haven’t had a chance to read this weekend’s recap of the 2011 Dallas SusCon, stop what you’re doing right now and go read it.

One of the most talked about moments of the weekend was Swing Shift Side Show‘s Andrew performing a face-lift; a 7 point facial suspension.  A little back story on this suspension is needed.  About 5 years ago, Supa performed the very first facial suspension, using 10 hooks.  Since then he’s performed the feat 2 more times.  Andrew, a consummate performer got in touch with Supa and inquired how to go about performing this extremely dangerous suspension.  Fast forward a few years, and here we are, with the second person to perform this suspension.

It must be noted, time and time again, this is not something to attempt to do ever.  Andrew trained for years just to be able to develop the strength in his neck to make this possible, and even then, there was no guarantee of success.  Those who have seen him perform live will know just how strong his neck is after witnessing his rope act, where he suspends himself above the crowd help up only by a band of fabric wrapped around the back of his head.

So today you’re going to get to see what only a few people have witnessed so far, Andrew’s 7 point facial suspension.

Again, do not even think of attempting this suspension.  Even surrounded by some of the best practitioners in the world Andrew made it clear that the results were unknown and under no circumstances should anyone try to replicate any part of this suspension.  With that said, if you want to check out the video of the suspension, keep on reading.

This is the unedited version of the suspension that Jenn O. Cide from Swing Shift and Christiana from Wings of Desire filmed.  Unfortunately the battery died on my camera about a minute before Andrew came down for the final time.

Expect to see more photos and videos from SusCon over the next few weeks in the Dallas SusCon gallery.

Dallas Suscon 2011 – Day 1/2

I’m spending the weekend in Dallas for this year’s annual SusCon.  For those that don’t know, SusCon is an annual event hosted by‘s Allen Falkner.  The point of the weekend is for suspension crews from all over to come together to learn from each other, and of course have a good time.  This weekend is very much a learning weekend as crews bring not only their most experienced members, but also new members who are learning the ropes.

This ended up being a bit wordy, so I’ll save some space on the main page by bumping it behind a click though. So just click the read more button to see the rest.

After an early flight out of Buffalo on Thursday, and a short layover in Atlanta, myself and members of iHung and IWasCured landed in Dallas only to be greeted by grey skies and rain.  Once we got settled into the hotel, we hopped in a cab and headed down to the SusCon space. This year’s location is the same as last year’s; an unassuming warehouse outside downtown Dallas.  To see it from the outside, you would never guess that inside was a bustle of activity.

Thursday isn’t officially a SusCon day, rather it is a day for volunteers to come and help clean and set up for the weekend.  With only 20 people around, the warehouse feels empty, yet the air is alive with anticipation.  Whether it was friends reuniting, or strangers meeting for the first time, there is an unspoken acknowledgment that something significant is on the horizon.  Introductions go by quick as it’s time for all hands on deck.  The space is a mess.  Trash from destroyed art is everywhere, light fixtures are on the ground, toilets have yet to be installed, and the kitchen is so full of junk the food is laying out on a bench in the main space.

Without anyone asking for help, everyone jumps into action.  As people slowly trickle in throughout the day the first order of business is to get dirty.  The kitchen team is hard at work prepping food for the weekend.  Last minute calls are being made to confirm deliveries.  Loud music is now pumping out of the speakers as this organized chaos moves about the room.  I get a chance to talk to people as we’re cleaning and with everyone the feeling is evident, they all want this weekend to be something they’re proud of.

In the early afternoon the skies begin to lighten and the dust being swept out into the courtyard catches the rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds.  With the sun comes the heat, and you can see everyone slowing down.  Thankfully with everyone helping, most of the work is finished.  The trash is cleared, the lights are on, and the toilets are flushing.  The music has become quiet and voices are now echoing throughout the hall.  You can hear the satisfaction in those voices, knowing that in a few short hours this place will be filled with people who all share the same passions that they do.

By the end of the first day there are well over 50 people who have shown up early to help.  From California to Canada, from Norway to New Zealand, one thing is on everyone’s mind: SusCon has begun.

I get up late on Friday, and after finishing the news of the week I head over to the warehouse.  By the time I arrive the event is in full swing.  I get my registration paperwork filled out and are lead on a tour by Jason from iHung.  While I was sleeping back at the hotel, the had taken the first shuttle bus over and set up all of the necessary stations.  What was once an empty room with no lights, was now the suture station, with all the necessary equipment and supplies.  All the suspension points had been selected, and there were already people in the air.  The tour concludes with a peek at the outdoor points, including a return of “The Dome”, a massive PVC pipe structure.

I’m not there for 15 minutes when the call goes out for the team leaders to gather for the first official meeting of SusCon.  Allen welcomes everyone, and dives right into business.  This meeting isn’t about telling the crews what to do, it is an opportunity for voices to be heard.  The agenda is simple, “How can we improve from last year”.  One by one the suggestions come flying in. One of the key points made is that this weekend is a learning weekend.  Each team has a number of members who are considered trainees, so all teams are being encouraged to step up and involve their trainees in every step, from prep to clean-up, piercing to bleed-out.

As Friday is registration day not much is left to do.  The only thing left on the agenda for the day is the welcome party at Dallas’ Lizard Lounge.

I’m kicking myself for not bringing my camera, as the show itself was something to be experienced.  Southtownbaby kicked off the show with a beautiful crucifixion suspension high above the crowd.  Following the suspension, Mosh took the stage.  The entire room was transfixed on her while she performed a classical burlesque routine.  Finally Swing Shift Side Show took the stage and as usual blew the roof off.  After a short intermission, everyone returned for a second performance, and were joined by Genne Laasko, modeling her line of incredible jewelry (which I featured a few weeks back).  Of course I would be remiss without mentioning the fantastic job Havve did hosting the night’s festivities.  Interweaving parts of his own act into the time between tonight’s guests made it a non-stop roller coaster of blood, sweat and whiskey.

Now you’re probably wondering where the photos are.  Well it seems that in my rush out the door I grabbed the wrong USB cord, so all of the photos from the past two days are sitting on my camera.  Hopefully I’ll find someone today who has a compatible cord as Saturday is the biggest day of SusCon. I’ll check back in tomorrow, hopefully with some pictures.

It’s about that time again…

The 2011 Dallas Suspension Practitioners Convention just opened up it’s registration a bit over a week ago, and it’s filling up fast! If you are unaware of what it is exactly, or if you are interested in signing up, check out the official website.

The video below was made from footage from last years event and it really does a great job of capturing the spirit of the event and letting everyone know what it’s all about.