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December 13, 2013
12:14 am
vampyremage
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Here's a bit of a strange topic for everyone here. Also, hi, I'm back.

Have you ever had the experience of having a follower because of your modifications? By follower, I mean someone who you don't know as anything more than a casual acquaintance but seems to have a sort of celebrity worship of you in part or entirely because of your modifications?

To give an example of what I mean, I'll give my own experience of this. I've been going to psytrance events a couple times a month. One night, I was in the bathroom chatting with a few girls, a couple of whom I knew and a couple of whom I didn't, about my mods and showing them off. I'm usually pretty open about what I've got done and because some of it is on the heavier side, I get a lot of curiosity. One of the girls I didn't know was younger, probably around 19 or 20. She didn't say much at the time and I honestly pretty much forgot about her.

A couple of months later I encounter her at another show and she goes on for a slightly uncomfortable amount of time about how amazing my mods are and how much she admires me because I have the courage to get these things done. Its sounds very egotistical of me to write this and it felt completely surreal to have even happened. She's said similar things a couple of other times since when I've seen her at the club.

Does anyone have similar stories to telll?

December 14, 2013
4:07 am
KendrahLi
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Can't say that I have a mod story, but I do seem to amass followers for various reasons (my art, looks in general, odd magnetism, etc). There are several people who seem to hang on my every move and even gaze at me lovingly when I'm around esp doing the things I'm talented for. It creeps me out but I've come to the conclusion I don't need a lover or family, I have a fan club. Figure I need to be used to it before I get more professionally known.

From her age I would venture a guess she has a bit of idol worship gone into a crush. Like she needs someone to look up to for some reason but latched on like a crush. Totally wasn't guilty of this in my late teens, early twenties.

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December 15, 2013
10:26 am
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Yes! I met a girl at Oktoberfest, and she had stopped me in the store because she noticed i had the side of my head shaved. She went on and on about how her parents won't let her even cut her hair and how she admires me so much. She questioned me about all of my tattoos and piercings and then she noticed my tongue while i was speaking. She just went on and on and on about how amazing I am and that she is jealous and can't wait to do it herself. She proceeded to drag me outside because she wanted me to meet her sister so she could show her sister that all "Weird looking people" aren't mean creeps. Lucky for me, she couldn't find her sister…because I wasn't interested in being in a strange situation with someone who apparently already had the mind set that I'm a scumbag solely based on my appearance. I just told her to always be true to herself and scampperd away.
I wasn't upset by the experience, she was a sweet girl. It was just strange being praised like that. I am typically met with curiosity and more so disgust, never down right fan-girling.

These things have hardened in our soft pink bellies.
December 17, 2013
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Totally! I've grown to accept the VIP treatment. Idol worship is normal and a very kind and sweet sentiment to be given. I try to be very gentle because they are really looking for guidance and acceptance. I do feel like it puts pressure on me, personally, to be mindful of the image I project. The judgement of others makes me feel more critical of myself. Emotionally I know they are just cheerleaders to share adoration of my path. I suppose it is easier to admit the love and adoration we have for people who are close to us than it is for a stranger, but is there really a huge difference? Those idol worshipers are really expressing the feeling they have inside themselves because they are in your presence, or simply because you exist. What a beautiful and powerful position we all stand in as trandimensional emotion facilitator.
I feel the desire to love and adore people I view as having more favorable traits than I do. I don't want to BE them or force my path with theirs, but I can understand the desire. It is challenging to accept the compliments when they are projected in your direction, that's for sure! It can get creepy or dangerous feeling sometimes. I wonder if you (we) could utilize the popularity to do something with a larger impact on the world. Perhaps a zine or something?

Everyone has something to say about the Mona Lisa until you're standing in front of it speechless.
December 20, 2013
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Sommersett pretty much sums up my feelings.
I sometimes get this, and treat people kindly as they are looking for guidance in themselves based on some view of traits they perceive in me. Walking your own path can be hard, so looking for how to do that in others is natural i suppose.

Anyone get the weird one when you meet someone for the first time, and they know exactly who you are by reputation, internet etc? I find it a bit strange, especially as people can act like EVERYONE knows who i am. A tiny taste of what fame can be like i guess. I think i'll keep trying to fly under the radar! :p

"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
December 20, 2013
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Oh, and welcome back vampyremageLaugh!

"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
December 28, 2013
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I have gotten that Oakbear, and it is very strange indeed. I've had people recognize me from my pictures online including my suspension pictures and my Fetlife profile. A couple of times I've been at shows and such and had people come up to me and start chatting to me like I know them.

I have to say, its especially interesting when I'm walking around with other heavily modified people like Russ Foxx. If you think you get a lot of attention on the street walking around on your own as a visibly modified person, just try to walk around in a small group!

Thanks for the welcome back Oakbear :)

December 28, 2013
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Yeah the gropp thing is quite fun. People seem to think there's some kind of apocalypse coming!Surprised

"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
December 30, 2013
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Having your reputation proceed you is a weird thing to tap into mentally and spiritually. I'm always thinking, "Who is projecting here?" We know where we have been physically, but we don't always realize who and how we are effecting people emotionally who have never actually met us! Pretty wild when you think about it!

Everyone has something to say about the Mona Lisa until you're standing in front of it speechless.
April 4, 2014
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I've found that occasionally I'll have people get really hyped up about my mods, the other day I had a blood test and the nurses were so excited they asked me to pose for photos! Very unexpected.. 

For the most part I notice stares on the train and those kinda common reactions, but there does always seem to be a neat little group that gets really excited and always wants to get to know about you and your magical world of mods.. I'm always happy to talk about them with people, I know some are more shy, but I'm always up for giving a friendly and unbiased opinion on whatever takes someone's eye.. 

 

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