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January 23, 2012
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Mars87
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When did you know body modification was meant for you?

January 23, 2012
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Oakbear
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I'm not sure i knew for a while, but i've always been interested from a very young age.

I gained more knowledge and took the plunge in my late teens, but even then i don't think i realised the role they'd have in my life. i had a few piercings but held back due to work, relationships etc.

I was about 25 when the flood gates burst and i had the strength to do what i wanted. Then i knew there was no going back, and this would always be a part of me.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
January 23, 2012
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The first time I knew I was 7 years old.  My uncle had just moved to the states and he had a small tattoo of a heart on his wrist and the second I saw it I was obsessed.  I knew immediately that I wanted them, and not even wanted, but needed.  I would tell my parents that I would be covered in tattoos one day and they would laugh because they thought it was a phase that I would outgrow.  Instead, I would go to the library and read about and look at tribal modifications and their symbolism and I only fell more deeply in love.  The second I saw my uncles crappy tattoo, I never looked back and have only wanted to learn more and experience more.

January 23, 2012
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Mars87
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I only recently realized what my markings and piercings mean to me. When I had my triple helix piercing done, that's when I knew. I looked in the mirror and for the first time I recognized that the image was me. And each time since I feel more and more real. Like I finally exist.

January 23, 2012
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From a very young age I watched pro wrestling.  I remember guys like The Undertaker and Bam Bam Bigalo and loving their tattoos.  Especially The Undertaker was something of a role model for me and because I admired his tattoos so much, I knew that one day I wanted some of my own.  I didn't realize until I started researching for my first tattoo at 19 that I wanted to go beyond simply a few tattoos.  Its been something of a gradual process over the course of the last 6 or 7 years realizing just how far I wanted to go with this journey.  But to answer the question, the initial spark occurred when I was still a fairly young child.

January 28, 2012
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for me, i was never surrounded by modification of any kind during my childhood, at least any that would've had an impact on me. there were no family friends or relatives with anything more than ear piercings. the week before my thirteenth birthday i got my ears pierced (with a gun…. still sad about that to this day) because every other girl around me already had theirs pierced. i really wanted them done because i felt left out, but i remember i wasn't scared or nervous at all.

then freshman year of high school came and everyone wanted a lip piercing, including me. it was the cool thing to have at that time, i guess. this is when i found BME and spent night after night on the sight researching, reading stories, looking at pictures and going literally to the end of ModBlog. this is when i realized it wasn't just a fashion statement to me. it was inborn. it was something that i hadn't known existed until that point in my life and then everything changed and finally made sense. it's hard to describe, but once i discovered it i wondered how i had lived without it for so long. it was just in me since i was born.

February 7, 2012
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Getting my first piercing and feeling more complete when it was done. 
Aside from that, the internet helped alot. Getting in touch with the subject was never as easy as now.
When websites like BME and such give loads of docu, these sites were leading me to books, providing me of knowledge.
Ever since that happened, I know it's a journey and it's one I'm willing to experience.

- Free Mind,  Free Body.
February 8, 2012
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I can't really say. I got some ear rings when I was young and my first tattoo at 14. I know that after that first tattoo, I became instantly attracted to getting more and more. I now have in the high 20s as far as tattoos. I know that the connection I feel when I get a tattoo is something that I don't feel when I do anything else. I guess I could say that as soon as I got that little one inch chinese symbol on my shoulder, thats when I knew that I had a lot of time under the needle ahead of me! Laugh

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February 25, 2012
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When I was about 6 years old, I saw this grown man with huge stretched ears, and I instantly thought it was beautiful and admired him for being able to do that. Since then I always wanted to do it, but never did because I knew that it meant much more than just looks and such. So I waited for years, doing research after research about all of the different types of meanings, as well as talking to very experienced people in the modification world. I was so fascinated by the whole thing, and still am to this day. When I first started stretching I knew it was something I was going to love and stick with till I'm an old lady.Laugh

February 27, 2012
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Thanks for sharing folks, i enjoy reading this thread.

And welcome to the forum for new members!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
March 20, 2012
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i think in a way, i've sorta always known…i grew up in a household where my parents and family had a lot of tattoo's. my father was the shattered wanna be rock star type and my mom was the old band groupie lmao. my father is also vice president of the abate/boogie of Indiana (like Woodstock just a lot more bikers lol) stating that,  i've grown up around people with all sorts of body mods for as long as i can remember and for me it was just a natural way of life. it fit. it made sense. it was comfortable. 

March 25, 2012
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I was 16 and that needle went through my labret. Sure, I didn't take modification particularly spiritual for the first year but it slowly involved into something amazing.

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April 4, 2012
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Hmm, when did I know?

 

From quite a young age, actually. I knew as a child, when I was told that my body was a temple for God, that I had to decorate my body, that I had to wear my worship on my sleeve, literally. 
Although, my beliefs in God have changed, as I no longer see him in the light I was raised to see him, my mentality on modifying myself for God, has not.

 

I used to pierce myself as a kid, (not the best choice), and have since gone through numerous modifications, and am just biding my time, until I get into the more extreme ones. I would constantly defend my decision to my parents, but it's not a decision. It's as much a part of my spirituality as breathing is necessarily to my existence. 

 

I could never imagine myself without my mods, I feel naked even removing them for my work. 

April 5, 2012
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Jamesryan
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"it's not a decision". I couldn't have put it better myself, Heather. When I'm designing the tattoos and scars for my body I don't look up things I'd like on google or tattoo websites. I don't walk into a tattoo shop and thumb through the books of flash or gaze upon the posters on the wall.

The designs I'm putting upon my body come to me. I practice shamanism, so a lot of the time I see the designs on my "skin" in the spirit world. Sometimes they come to me in dream or vision. I see and know the meaning behind each line, behind each dot.

This method started just recently when I began to practice shamanism more diligently and devoted myself completely to spirituality. This is why not all of my tattoos and piercings are spiritual but I am working on it. 

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April 5, 2012
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I've been asked so many time how my simple mods so far can be spiritual, and typically have begun to refer to the answer that for me, it means more than just a piece of jewelry. It's not a single mod that makes my mods spiritual, it's the entirety of them all, and the journey until they are complete. That it's not a choice to be modified, that it's inborn. Many people tell me that they don't choose to be Christian, for example, that Jesus spoke to them and that they feel him. I think of my modifications much the same way. 

I really can't wait until I have the means to begin my scarification on my legs. And when I can finally modify my face. Unfortunately, my job will not allow it and I have to have my job to support myself. 

 

I do have a tattoo I got when I was 18, that means nothing to me, aside from the words, that I intend to cover with something much, much more meaningful. 

Not all my piercings are spiritual either, some I truly do have just because I wanted them.

April 5, 2012
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The tattoo I have planned will actually cover those that have no spiritual meaning to me.

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April 19, 2012
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I grew up in a household that frowned upon piercings, tattoos, and any body modification, really.

My mother and father always told me they were a terrible thing, and my Dad introduced me to some of his friends that had some tattoos.

I remember looking at them, and being obsessed with what could be done on my skin.

I was also obsessed with Body Piercings of all kinds.

Eventually, I started to draw on myself and when I was 12 or 13 I took sewing needles and stuck them through my skin just to see what it was like.

I did it tons of times and always had to take them out so my parents wouldn't know.

That's when I knew it was what I wanted and have now decided to make a career of it. :)

"Welcome Friends, Romans, and Circus Freaks to the generation in circuitry."
May 11, 2012
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I guess 

i knew before I had words for it.  I started with piercing my ears.  First with my parents blessing at 12, followed shortly after by doing it myself because the experience brought me a different level of conciousness. In my mid teens I began cutting, lines, patterns, words as a way to deal with situations I couldn't handle on my own.  I think the same way some people use prayer for comfort.  As an adult, tattoos and piercings have become a way for me to connect with myself, physically and spiritually.  It all comes down to getting in touch with who I am and discovering what I am capeable of.

May 13, 2012
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The only piercing I had ever known about for a long time were ear lobes. That's all I'd ever seen in my life. Until I saw Ripley's believe it or not. I saw the lizard man. And I was caught. I'v never looked back, and I can't imagine me without mod, because mod is me.

May 14, 2012
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In my earlier years I wasn't aware of the CoBM church, and as I started off slow and my collection of piercings and tattoos grew, I grew to love and adore each and every one of them. They are who I am, and are apart of me. I wish I would've known there were others like me earlier, it would have most defiantly made the process a lot more comforting. I still get many wild stares, and I haven't even begun my extreme modification! I know I'm grateful for a family full of tattoo lovers, that's more than likely the reason I set out to learn so much about the world of modification. I know when I have my own children I'm going to always give them the option to learn about the rituals, it's a wonderful thing to have in your life. 

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