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January 6, 2012
12:34 pm
vampyremage
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What is your opinion of do it yourself mods? 

 

Personally I think it depends on how they are done.  It is quite possible to do all your research, get proper sterilized and autoclave tools and pierce yourself safely with said tools.  Doing so can be a very fulfilling experience for some people.

 

However, all too often I see DIYers piercing with sewing needles or safety pins and assuming burning or boiling the needle is enough to steralize it.  I cringe anytime I hear about such an experience and wish people were more educated about the risks involved in doing so.

 

Of course, I would never promote stopping people from doing what they will to their own body as it is, after all, their own body.  Still, its hard to support something so blatantly unsafe, especially when a safe alternative exists.

January 6, 2012
1:44 pm
DutchessOfNill
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Personally, it's not really for me but, I'm not against it.  When i was younger I pierced my own nose and although nothing 'bad' happened, it was a poor decision and horribly, horribly, executed.  On the other hand, however, I do believe that for some people it can be a very gratifying and fulfilling experience.  That being said, I would hope that whoever chooses to do it does it safely and is wise enough to use sterile equipment.

January 6, 2012
3:49 pm
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im a DIYer and think certain things can be ok to DIY but some things are way to much to do yourself i mostly do my own piercings and yes i started out not doing em right (saftey pins , thumbtacks,etc.) but after researching and asking alot of questions i got realy good ive had multiple profesional piercers impressed with my work witch is always a huge ego boost i also do the ocasional tat on my self just did the church bars on my nose but more extreme mods should definitly be done by a pro ive always found that piercing myself gives me that spiritual feeling i dont get that by having some one else doing it but you need to research the more you know the safer youll be and the better chance you have of getting it done right and i agree that every DIYer needs to be safe and sterile dont reuse needles and definitly dont share them its pretty cheap to buy the proper equipment to do piercings and theres no reason anyone needs to use non-sterile tools

January 7, 2012
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I think i'm in line with other comments here, i think it can be a fulfilling and meaningful choice, but caution and knowledge are required.

As a teenager i briefly took the risky path of experimenting with sewing needles etc, and am only glad i have not caused myself any significant harm. I would never recommend this.

I have done a variety of my own modifications since, but only after a very high degree of research, and always with sterile professional equipment. My artist of the last few years is aware of this and is happy to answer questions and give advice, which has been invaluable. I have always had a professional do work i had any doubt about being unable to perform adequately myself.

If we are honouring one's body in a personal ritual i feel it is vital that we also show respect for our body by ensuring we do it the right way. The additional requirement of having to learn and discover, and the time taken to do this and consider the mod, can make for a very potent ritual and be quite transformative.

But that absolutely means not cutting corners or getting impatient and doing something you are not ready for. You need to know yourself well enough to know if you really are ready, or a procedure is really within your limitations. You need to know what can go wrong, and what to do if it does.

"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 11, 2012
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The majority of my piercings are DIY. With a couple months of thorough research in between each one. They brought me closer to myself, so I don't see a problem with anyone doing it. With the exception of 'Hey, let's stick a safety pin in my lip', I'm not too cool with that. 

It just feels more spiritual to me if I do them, than if someone else is doing them to me.
But if I don't feel like I'm safe enough to do a certain one myself, then of course I go to a professional.

By using your body, modifying your body, you can go into different states of consciousness and discover the true nature of life and yourself.• ~Fakir Musafar
January 12, 2012
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pretty much just agreeing with everyone else, but, it's ok to DIY as long as you thoroughly research, take every precaution you can and try to be as professional as possible on yourself. i agree that it really helps spiritually to do body modifications DIY, definitely more so than when a professional does it. of course it is nice to get some body modifications done by a professional, i find the procedure very calming.

but DIY is so personal. as long as you know the risks you are taking and you accept those risks, i see nothing wrong with DIY. as long as you know you can do something without horribly messing it up, go for it. if you're going to try and pierce your own tongue with a safety pin/sewing needle, you should probably reconsider your actions.

i personally get into a zone when i self pierce. everything becomes methodical and i enter a state of meditation, almost. i am hyper focused and the act of adding something to my body that i know i will absolutely adore just feels amazing. it's self satisfaction, i suppose. it's transformative.

so i think my point is: DIY is a very wonderful and rewarding experience as long as you are an informed individual. and i think it helps, but isn't required, to have a spiritual connection to body modification in the first place.

i know some professional body modification artists/apprentices out there really look down upon DIY, but i think it is benificial.

January 21, 2012
11:04 am
BringOutYerDead
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I think DIY is possible if one is informed enough and at least knows what he's doing. But I'm really against heavy mods being done at, for example, a barn, or the bedroom of a friend, being done by "that friend". Totally not caring about hygiene and all. Professionals are around for a reason. If you want to do it yourself, at least go get some advice by a real professional on how to do the job. Not this semi-professional you have met on the internet doing DIY-movies on youtube. The internet has lots of good information, but also a lot of incorrect stuff.

Also, piercing guns should be illegal. This way, the situation of DIY gets even worse.
But y'all get my point about piercing guns. And I think, I hope, most agree. 

- Free Mind,  Free Body.
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