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January 18, 2013
10:34 pm
HomestuckTrashBaby
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Hello there friends!

I was watching this wonderful documentary the other night called "Modify," and it got me wondering what other kind of body modification documentaries and movies there are out there. I also have the documentary "Flesh & Blood" on my instant queue, but, quite unfortunately, have yet to have had the time to watch it.

So, my question is: Have any of you watched any body modification documentaries, and if so, what was the name and your favorite aspect covered in it? I'd love to be introduced to new ones, as I always find the in-depth look at the world from others with our kind of viewpoint utterly fascinating and enlightening!

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January 19, 2013
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Modify is the 'classic' film, and really helped spread the word about modification. A must see i reckon!
Flesh and Blood is well worth a watch, but a bit of a Steve Haworth vanity project imho.
The other one which springs to mind is Dances Sacred and Profane,with Fakir Mustafa, which is on YouTube.

I think that's it for films i can think of, aside from those which feature bits of modification rather than being documentaries. There's some good info out there though, check this link http://uscobm.com/reference/
Searching the forum for "film" or "books" also digs up some useful threads if you have the time.

"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 19, 2013
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I agree with Oakbear about Flesh and Blood. It's somewhat interesting, but really just a "I'm Steve Haworth, thus I am awesome. Look at my dick!" project. Which, funny enough, was kind of the impression I got when I met him. Interesting dude, awesome artist, though! No doubt. I really like seeing how he makes his own tools for implant work.

I'm going to have to see Dances Sacred and Profane! I am a huge fan of Fakir.

January 20, 2013
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I liked Modify a lot, but haven't had the chance to see any others… I think Modification Movies would make for an awesome genre, haha. Taboo is a series I had seen, but didn't enjoy it much. I think it gave to many false impressions.

January 20, 2013
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Kristen, i hope that wasn't literally the introduction Steve gave you?!Laugh

Eric, i don't know the Taboo series. Do you have a link or detail please?

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January 20, 2013
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Oakbear, I referenced the Taboo show in a post about eyeball tattoo when Vampyremage wanted to discuss that. It is a show in the US and the UK. Several links to episodes should be available to both series… which I think started in the UK.

I hope it was the introduction Mr. Hayworth gave Kristen because his genitals are awesome!! One year Brian Skellie took our apprentice to the APP convention, so I had to run the shop, and he did a class about clampless piercing and they came back and told me he used my genitals on the projection screen to go over hand placement and jewelry size etc. Big huge genitals on a screen for a class… hahahaha!! He knew I wouldn't care. I'd say I've done pretty extensive modification on mine taking lots of care and time and it can be looked at as art, just like many other parts on many other people. Just put down the stigma of sex.

http://archive.org/details/Ste…..cAtcLeture
This is 100 minutes long, so just click on the thumbnail link on the left side of the full lecture if you want to condense the information. I am a HUGE Stelarc fan and he blows my mind wide open!! Tell me what you think and if you are familiar with him.

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January 20, 2013
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Oakbear
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Ah i do know the Taboo series! Cheers for reminding me!

Better genitals on the screen than a live demonstration i reckon! Imagine 20 students staring intently at your nether regions!

ANd a big +1 for Stelarc too. Very cool to see him working with the suspension community now.

"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 20, 2013
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Speaking of Stelarc, anyone going to SusCon?

Oakbear, unfortunately, no, that's not the actual introduction he gave me. He actually seemed to refuse to talk to me. At SusCon last year, I introduced myself, told him that I appreciated his work and inquired about some of the equipment he's been coming out with and was selling at the venue. He literally waved me off. Needless to say, didn't leave with a great impression of the guy in person.

Also, for suspension equipment, I have other, friendlier, better suppliers.

And true, better genitals on a screen than live. I can say that I don't mind my piercer friends having pictures of my genitals in their portfolios, but I don't show off my piercings in person….

January 20, 2013
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Ha, it's funny, when I met Steve Haworth (when he did my spider implant) a joke was made as he was pushing the implant in that he was good at "putting big things into small places" and he turned beat red – I looked at my girl and made the comment "I think we fast forward past that part" and he laughed and said "Oh good"
Flesh and Blood was made to document Steve… but since it was HBO who funded it…they wanted the "sex appeal" ha

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January 20, 2013
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January 20, 2013
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Taboo was something I had seen on netflix. I had a bunch of other suggestions after watching that, i'll see if they still come up.taboo had a few things I had seen that opened my eyes to ritual modification… The first episode did a decent piece on facial and body scarification in a few specific African tribes and why it was important to their culture.

January 21, 2013
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For cultural scarification, I haven't found anything better than The Decorated Body by Robert Brain. It's a book and not a documentary, though.

January 23, 2013
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I'd seen Modify quite some time ago. I just finished Flesh and Blood, and it seemed pretty devoid from any actual meaning, as opposed to Haworth's own soap opera. I'll get caught up on some of the others mentioned here when it isn't 3:08 in the morning.

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January 28, 2013
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I still have yet to watch Flesh and Blood, especially now that I just started a new job, but I did rewatch Modify the other night, and I'm watching a documentary on YouTube called "Skin" that I really like. Another one I watched recently that I absolutely fell in love with was actually an interview (also on YouTube) with Rick "Zombie Boy" Genest. I made my mother watch it with me the second time to try and enlighten her more about the various reasons body modification is important to people, but all she did was shrug. (Granted, it's better than her normal reaction where she gets pissed and argues with me about how it's "stupid" and that I'm going to regret it in the future.) But I highly recommend everyone to check out those two as well, because they're absolutely wonderful!

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February 11, 2013
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theres this awesome uk show called "going tribal" thats all about this anthropologist who goes all over the world visiting different tribes and the guy is a trooper (in a bit of a funny way Laugh) he lets the tribes actually perform there modifications and rituals with him in one episode he gets his septum pierced by a medicine man i think my favorite part of it is the fact that almost all the tribes have this amazing sense of humor that i think mostly is lost in western society

February 12, 2013
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Strommer – Are you thinking of Tribe, with Bruce Parry? If not that is worth a watch too.

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February 12, 2013
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Nah, he's thinking of a show called "Going Tribal". I've seen a couple episodes. It's cool. I'll have to check out that other one you mentioned though.

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February 15, 2013
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It looks like I have a couple more shows to watch!
Thank you all of the recommendations.

Modify and Flesh and Blood were both good documentaries.
I agree Flesh and Blood was a bit Steve Haworth worshiping but he is definitely an extremely talented artist and the documentary itself was a great view into suspension.
I learned a couple things from it that I didn't know before I watched it.

Modify is probably my personal favorite Body Modification Documentary that I have seen. It was well put together and I really enjoyed the testimonies from the artists they presented.
I thought it was a lot of fun to watch.
They also touched on Transgenderism, which was good for me at the time I watched it, because my Father had just come out about being transgendered, and was beginning his surgeries.
It helped me understand what he was doing and the surgeries he was going to do.
It's been years since then, and she is almost done!

I learned a lot from both, but Modify holds a special place in my heart for helping learn about and get through one of the most interesting and intricate occurrences in my life.
Definitely worth the watch! :)

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March 24, 2013
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'Going Tribal' and 'Tribe' are the same show. Bruce Parry is the host (I think he used to be a British Royal Marine?), however it is known as 'Going Tribal' in the states :)

March 24, 2013
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Ah…Now I understand.

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