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November 5, 2012
7:00 pm
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November 5, 2012

So Im sure everyone here comprehends the Spiritual power associated with the sacrifice of the shedding of blood and endurance of pain. It is the most powerful form of spiritual practice. The shedding of blood is an extreemly potent event.
When you do this with another, be it the artist or someone else, it most certainly forms a very powerful spiritual bond, something many are ignorant of and dont understand why such ties exist. There is a reason body moderfiers in tribes held their position of high respect & its not just for what they do….but what happens in the proces.


So I am intersted in hearing from other members about their choice of artist.

Have you gone to someone for their skill rather than the condition of their spirit?

What were your experiences if you did employ someone your spirit was vexed by?

Have you waited for the 'right' artist & do you feel you did your spirit an almost lost favor by doing so?

How have you interpreted such vexations? As the artist only, or as something deeper, such as 'not this, not them, not now'

My intuition never lets me down…yet so tempted to have what I desire, only touring artist do the mods i want in my country…. yet 'something' is telling me strongly not to connect with this person…..spirit…. in this spiritually intimate way.


Any and all contribution, theory and philosophy would be greatly appreciated & appologies if ive posted this is in the wrong area, cheers all

November 6, 2012
3:50 am
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January 7, 2011

I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments about how important this, and have found it a tough thing to judge tbh. As such i have definitely chosen artists for technical ability without conscious decision as to how they may influence my spiritual experience.

I think the 2 are often related though, as one who dedicates oneself to their art, and is willing to put high effort into procedures such as infection control, use high quality materials etc, is more likely to 'get it'. Even if they have a manner which may seem gruff, arrogant or even aggressive, the connection between artist and client can break down those barriers. I think it is the difference between seeing what someone presents to the outside world, and a more real understanding of who they are.


Having said that, the artists i have tended to go back to time and again are ones i feel comfortable and spiritually connected to.

In fact i have chosen an artist, who at the time had less technical ability than his colleague  because of a difference in their attitude and recognition of the spiritual. I did find it allowed me to explore the spiritual aspect of a procedure more easily, and i felt more comfortable. As time has gone on we have developed a closer relationship, and his skills have grown, while his previous colleague had become jaded and uncaring, losing technical skill.


In your case it depends what you want from this experience. If it being explicitly spiritual in 'the moment' is very important, talk with the artist and see. Maybe your intuition is correct, or maybe their public persona is only part of the picture. If having a certain mod is more important, then you seem to be limited, and technical proficiency is certainly needed for more serious modifications.

"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
November 6, 2012
5:19 pm
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April 8, 2011

For me, it depends somewhat upon the sort of modification I am engaging in.  For permanent work, the spiritual nature of my artist doesn't matter nearly as much as if I am doing something ritual like suspension.  I require that my artist have a basic respect for their trade and for the human body, but beyond that it is their talent I pursue.  My spirituality is largely a personal thing and I do not usually require my artist to be in synch with it.  Basic levels of respect, of course, are essential but I have never had a particularly negative experience regarding a lack of respect.


When it comes to ritual modification such as suspension, because the ritual is the reason I need to be a little more spiritually in synch with my artist.  There needs to be a respect and understanding regarding the import of the ritual, even if the nature of the respect might be from a different angle than my own feelings on it.  I am fortunate to have a suspension artist who feels as profoundly about the experience as I do.

November 9, 2012
8:44 am
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May 24, 2012

If you feel the inclination to NOT get work done by a certain person, then don't. 

If you are vacillating then maybe a conversation the artist would help.  Tell them what you want and see about the reaction.  If you still get a bad vibe, roll on.


I tend to make noises during mods and that can make an artist uncomfortable.  It's an autonomic response for me.  I've held it in and then I burst into hysterical laughter from the build up.  Oddly enough, I rarely worry if I'm going to get the experience I want, but concern myself more with the comfort and skill of the artist.  I am going to do the ritual and have the experience I am looking for…. period.  I'm not surprised to be called the 'weird-o.'  

In general, I look for privacy or a controlled setting for my mods to be done in.  I'm not a fan of an open floor where people can just come and go.  Most artists will accommodate this request and then you can manipulate the setting as you need it to be.  As far as the artist 'vibe' goes, energy exchange is a two way street.  He or she is not in full control of the emotional connection and, I believe, is more of a facilitator than anything.  This is YOUR unique experience YOU create! 

Let me know what you decide!

Everyone has something to say about the Mona Lisa until you're standing in front of it speechless.
November 12, 2012
2:31 pm
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October 3, 2011

generally for my spiritual side i D.I.Y. for everything else i look for skills i have a few artist that respect my beliefs and will let me have a more ritualistic experience but for the most part im looking for quality when i go to someone else  

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