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modificationnotmutilation said: Ryan that videos is awesome!!
thanks for saying so. I wish I had another way to convey the complexity of what happens inside that space.
But it’s saturated with Dealers.
Identify those who use substances to habituate you to their product. Avoid those poisons, they drain your autonomy.
At this point, the Body is a turf war.
Shit isn’t Happening to us,
it’s being Done to us.
It’s time to educate ourselves.
It’s time to train for excellence.
Extract from the cycle.
Anonymous said: Last night my friend and I had a long discussion that left me a bit sour. I am passionate about body modification and the culture that surrounds it; she is less than interested in it. She mentioned that she sees the entire concept as very vain, and that people should love their bodies just the way they are. She also said that people get modifications because they are insecure. I think that I argued her points pretty well, but I'd love to hear what you would have said in this situation, please.
We’ll does your friend have ear piercings? Does she dye her hair, paint her nails, wear make up, work out, shave? If so, then hey! You’ve got a friend who’s into body modification.
I believe it was Eric Sprauge (Lizardman) who said that body modification is a spectrum, some just choose to take it farther than others. Do I think that body modification is vain? It can be, but I don’t mind. Do I think that some people modify themselves because they are insecure? Sure, some do, some don’t. If a person is unhappy with what they’ve got, and commit to the pain, time, and money to become happy, that person should be applauded. But, these people also love themselves so much that they go through all of this to make themselves happy.
I modify myself because I’m not happy with what I see in the mirror. Through body modification I alter myself to get my reflection it’s smile back.
People saying that individuals should be happy with what they’ve got, in my opinion, is hypocritical. Everybody changes something about themselves to make themselves feel better about themselves. I spend the money, I go through the pain, I commit my time and body to this. Fuck yes I’m proud of it.
liza-land said: So how exactly does this solar brand work? Do they take a flammable medium to make the design that is then traced by concentrated sunlight?
Andrew S. has done both of mine with a glass orb. He’s described it as drawing with the Sun. He traces the pattern onto the body first, then suspends the orb to bring the focal point of light to the skin. In about 1-2 seconds you can hear the skin vaporizing. There is nothing flammable added to the skin.
I trust Andrew. He is more in tune with the body than anyone I’ve met. I envy that. But more than anything I value the small eternity spent bathing in the Sun’s Glory.
This is a short video I posted a while ago: http://merikenmetals.tumblr.com/post/77548692976/2nd-angle-on-a-curvilinear-solar-branding-by