favorite type of mods? | General Discussion | Forum
January 24, 2012
I have always found it interesting to listen to peoples reasoning for their favorite type of modifications. i believe it tells a deeper part about them.
what are your favorite types of modification, why, what do they mean for you, and how does your body feel during and after your new work of art?
Its not an easy thing to choose my favourite type of mod because I love so many of them. Even those I don't plan on getting on my own body are often beautiful to me. Then there's the fact that when gotten in conjuction with other sorts of mods, that can often effect how much I enjoy a specific mod.
If I had to choose, however, I would choose subdermal implants. The reason, at least as pertains to my own body, is that it creates the illusion of being natural. We all know humans are not born with horns. However, the way they look under the skin, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that someone with subdermal horns actually does have horns. Because everything is completely under the skin, this illusion is very effectively created and I don't think its something that is done quite so well with any other form of modification.
January 24, 2012
i do agree to choose is difficult.
it is very hard for me to choose as well. i enjoy the fact of modification, what it means for each person personally, and just the beauty of the whole thing in general.
there are certain things that i could enjoy for what it feels and means to the person, but it could completlley repulse me by the way it looks. like angel bites or smileys. some people think bridges and nipple rings are tacky, but i believe they are like the sexiest thing ever lol. it's all just personal opinion, option, and sentiment.
i just love that modification exists.
i do see the beauty in your sentiment for your favorite. i very much love the mention of naturalism associated with it.
July 12, 2011
For it's aesthetic value, my favorite type of modification is the tattoo. A good artist can speak volumes with a single piece, and the subject matter is absolutely unlimited.
For it's spiritual value, my favorite modification is the moxibustion brand I received several years ago. Nine pieces of cone incense were lit and placed across my chest from shoulder to shoulder in a chevron shape just beneath my collar bones.
I had already learned to meditate before receiving this modification, but the intense pain meant I had to stay focused longer and more intensely than I had before. The process took about an hour, and after receiving this brand, I noticed that I was able to focus more easily and meditate more deeply than before.
With other types of modifications, even the tattoo I have on my stomach and the TCU brand on my forearm, the pain was nothing even close to that of the slow, steady burn of the moxibustion. With other modification I've always found the pain very easy to ignore without any meditation or distraction.
Granted, I am yet to be suspended, and look forward to the experience as soon as the opportunity allows. I expect it to be equally beneficial to my ability to meditate, but at the end of the day, the best way to improve your ability to meditate is to practice every day. Moxibustion simply provided a boost because it required me to meditate longer and more intensely than I had before.
January 24, 2012
i used to meditate when i was younger. my aunt got me into it, but i have roamed from it a bit. i wish to get back into it. how did you start with the meditation that works for you…did you go through different things til you established a ritual or whatever that suited you best?
the moxi sounds very painful indeed. could you give me more detailed information about this procedure, please? it seems interesting.
i admire your dedication to meditation and the spiritual side of modification for you.
Indi, you're story could pretty much be my own in regards to meditation. I was into it when I was younger but fell out of it and now have plans to get back into it. I've just moved this week so I'm planning to take that as an opportunity to change some things in my life, including getting back into meditation.
January 24, 2012
When I was a teenager I had quite a few Wiccan and Pagan friends. It was a path that interested me so I started pursuing it and meditation was a part of that for me. Eventually I realized it wasn't the right path for me after all and, when I left that path I also let my meditation slide.
I didn't move too far, still in the same city just a different place. More significant about this move, however, is I moved away from having a roommate and into a place all my own, which is wonderful.
This year has been a major one for self development for myself as well. I've discovered things about myself I wasn't aware of and its been all for the better because of that. I'm now wanting to take a more active role in pursing my spiritual development than I have in quite a while.
January 24, 2012
October 3, 2011
i would have to say piercings are my favorite mods especialy since most of them are diy my favorite ones are my bridge,anti eyebrows,vampire bite,and my medussa im also planing on doing a deep sub clavicle witch i think is gonna jump to the top of that list once there done and i agree with you that bridge and nipple piercings are sexy i always tell people that the only way i attract women is cause of my bridge lol but i think the reason i like those are more for aesthetic reasons then anything cause i find that spiritually all my piercings effect me the same be it a standard ear piercing or something less common like my vampire bite
January 24, 2012
bridge, anti eyebrows, and medussa's are lovely. some of my favorite piercings. hmmm, i've never seen a guy with a bridge….only girls. i would like to see it. + i am the only person i've met in person to have one. iggy has nipple rings…they make me…happy x)
i reallly want nipple rings, but i've gotta settle with an artist and get really comfortable with them first lol.
like i would love to walk around naked all the damn time cause to me it is natural, but too many are perverted and look at it sexually…can't blame them, it's human instinct, but that part of it makes me uncomfortable lol.
how many piercings do you have strom?
I'll give you all the details I can recall about the moxibustion process I went through here in this thread, but for the answer to you question on meditation, I think I'll start a new topic (and not just for the extra points, lol).
DISCLAIMER: At the time I received this brand I was apprenticing under the artist who gave me this brand. HOWEVER, I never completed my apprenticeship, so please, please, PLEASE DO NOT read this as an instruction manual for how to properly give someone a moxibustion brand. I am not, and have never been a practicing body modification artist in any way. Though I assisted with a few brands and dozens, if not hundreds, of piercings, I have never actually modified anyone. Please seek out a properly trained professional. While some simple modifications could be DIY, this is NOT one of them. The burns will be quite deep, and so there are many places on the body where tendons, blood vessels, and other such vital stuff is far too close to the surface, making this kind of modification absolutely inappropriate in that place.
So here's my story.
I am an artist, and so, a bit picky about where modifications go and what they look like, I marked the location of each strike myself with gentian violet on a Q-tip.
Once satisfied, I laid down and allowed my artist to do his thing.
He used cone incense, but not the full cone. In order to control the size of the strikes, he shaved the cone down until the diameter of the base of the cone was about 1/4 of an inch smaller than the diameter of the strike I wanted, leaving about an eighth of an inch all the way around. The heat is intense enough to burn in that missing eighth inch, so that it will scar at the desired size.
He then sprayed a little contact adhesive on the bottom on the cone and allowed it to dry just a little so that it wasn't super wet, but still tacky enough to stick to the skin. The spray glue serves two purposes: to ensure that the cone doesn't wander off the mark or fall off entirely, and to conduct heat more easily into the skin, giving a more even burn than simply setting the cone on the skin.
The cones are lit as normal and placed on the skin. So as not to get too far ahead of himself, he lit and placed four of the cones and allowed them to burn out before setting the other five.
When the cones are first placed on the skin all I could feel was a little cold from the spray glue, but by the time he was placing the fourth cone I was beginning to feel the heat of the first, as it had burned down significantly.
At first it's just warmth. Then it's heat. Then it's a lot of heat. Then it's burning. It feels just like you think it would, but the pain rises slowly, allowing time to adapt to it. Eventually, the pain increased to a level where I wasn't sure how much more I could take, but then the nerves died (as they do in any 3rd degree burn) and there was a sudden lack of heat, which in contrast, felt almost cold.
This effect occurred in waves with every strike. It seems the center of the cone is the part that burned down to the skin first, so the center of each strike was the first area to be completely burned. However, as the cone continues to burn, the pain rises again as the burn progresses outward from the center, but again it reaches a maximum point and then the nerves die again.
This wave-like rise and fall of pain occurred about four or five times for each strike. When the cone is done burning there is a popping sound, which is the artist's queue to begin cleaning the strike, removing the ash and rinsing the area with saline solution.
As I said before, there were nine strikes in the pattern of a chevron, from shoulder to shoulder, just beneath my collar bones. The artist worked his way in from the shoulders, saving the center strike for last.
This artist, who was not just a body-mod artist, but also a martial artist informed me that he had saved that center strike for last because he expected it to be the most painful. Turns out I had marked a nerve center; a place which is particularly sensitive, and so this place is known to martial artists as a good place to strike because it will be more painful than striking someone even half an inch off to the left or right.
He wasn't wrong. The pain of the other eight strikes was indeed intense, but it was localized. Meaning, I felt the pain only in the place that was being burned (about the size of a quarter). For those of you not familiar with American money, that's about 3/4 of an inch (19mm) in diameter.
When that center strike reached it's peak it felt as though I was being burned over an area about the size of a baseball (around 10 cm or so). He was wise to save this for last, because by that time, I was well into meditation and it was much easier to handle than if it had been the first strike. After all, my whole damned upper-chest was burning by then…what's a bit more?
When the brand is first done, the burned skin will be absolutely blackened. There will be a series of rings around the blackened tissue, and each of these rings will be slightly less burned.
The first ring will be brown, nearly blackened and completely destroyed flesh. Still third-degree burn territory.
The second ring will be a second-degree burn (blisters).
The third ring will be a first degree burn, similar to a sunburn or a scalding. This ring is red and irritated, but heals most quickly and should not scar.
Aftercare consists of regular cleaning (3 to 5 times daily) with saline and a Q-tip. This can be quite painful because, the edge of that first ring I mentioned forms something like a shelf. The tissue beneath this first ring is actually part of the second ring. This area will trap a lot of lymph and other nasty crap, and must be cleaned out to avoid serious infection. The problem is getting under that shelf. The tissue of the first ring is quite rigid, and so working your way under it with a Q-tip involves lifting and moving the entire wound. You can imagine.
My solution to this was to remove as much of this first-ring tissue as possible with some properly sterilized scissors. This eliminated the "shelf" effect and allowed easy access to the tissue beneath, which in turn allowed me to clean out all the lymph which had been building up in there, and would no doubt have lead to a serious infection.
This daily cleaning process continues until a layer of skin grows over the wound, but just because there's skin over it doesn't mean it's done healing. That's just the first step, and it will take upwards of a few months, depending on how quickly you heal.
That layer of skin is very thin, and will tear very easily if you scratch or rub it. Beneath the skin the body is still working to rebuild the tissue. It will not be safe to scratch or rub even a little until the body begins building up tissue beneath. At first the strikes appeared dark purple in color, but as the healing progressed over the course of several months the purple faded to pink, and then after about a year or so, faded out completely so that the scars are essentially the color of the rest of my skin.
For the record, I am of western European descent. I don't know how the scars would turn out on someone of darker complexion.
Aside from the color-change effect, the strikes will go through stages where they are more and less swollen, and they will probably itch for more than a year. In fact, it's been about six years since I received this brand, and they still itch a little sometimes, but this is rare. The good thing is, it has long been safe to scratch and rub them. In fact, it's probably safe to begin scratching or rubbing them just a little as soon as they start to build up some noticeable thickness.
I hope this has answered your questions, Indi, but please feel free to ask more.
For an answer to your question about my meditation, I'll be starting a new thread under the Spirituality section of this forum. I'll call it "Meditation -- How-to".
March 2, 2011
Whew, what a question. After thinking it through, I have to say that my favorite type of modification is a specific type of tattooing – heavy blackwork similar to a lot found at http://fuckyeahblackwork.tumblr.com/. I'm starting my own heavy blackwork and there's a thread around here that describes the first part of it that I already have done, that will include scarification in the end. To me this type of tattoo work is extremely powerful spiritually and I look forward to my own journeys with it.
October 3, 2011
October 3, 2011
yes it was 35 piercings im not sure how many hours of tattoo work i have i no i got about a 3rd of my body covered no implants yet but im planing on it im probaly gonna need to travel for implants though or atleast wait for a convention to come through that has someone who knows what there doing but i would love subdermal horns
April 3, 2012
My favorite mods would have to be my apadrayva. One because it was one of the most intense sensations I have ever felt while it was being pierced. The anticipation of that pain alone, the willingness to over come my fear, and the actual alone where significant in the measurement of my own spiritual implications. I truely felt as though I had taken control of my body during this ritual. Further more in order to substantiate faster, less painfully healing I abstained from all sexual activity for a year. Again an attest,ent to my own virtue, and self control. Now that it is healed it is a way for me to share a piece of myself allowing for a deeper spiritual connection in sexual activities.
March 2, 2011
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