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April 5, 2012
4:19 am
Jamesryan
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I had a curious thought today and I was wondering how everyone found the CoBM? We have a "no recruiting" policy here. I stumbled upon it in my research in the field of body modification and religion/spirituality via google. What's your story?

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April 5, 2012
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i was also researching mods on bme and came across a page on wiki and from there clicked the link and started researching the cobm and instantly fell in love i was so amazed that there where so many like minded people i filled out my app i still have my acceptance email savedSmile

April 5, 2012
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About six or seven years ago, one of my ex-girlfriends heard the way I was talking about body modification, specifically the way I felt after getting a piercing that I really liked.  She said I sounded like one of the people from this church, and so I looked it up and read the statement of faith, which wasn't much different back then, despite all the changes that the church has gone through since then.

I loved what I read, because I already believed in it, so I gave it a little time, a week or so, to think it over, but never had any doubt that I wanted to join, so I filled out my application.

Regrettably, I came back to the church website a year or two later and found that there had been some kind of loss of church records, so I had to reapply.

Sometimes I wonder if I can say anything in less than a hundred words.
April 6, 2012
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jimmyenglish
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First off I have to explain how I got into body modification. When my best friend started apprenticing as a tattoo artist I became enthralled by all the history, culture, and tradition she shared with me. Lacking the ability to draw I could never be part of that community I thought. When some on suggested piercing I scoffed, "yeah right poke a hole, there's no tradition in that" I was soon challenged and proven wrong. My first brush with the spirituality of piercing came from learning of Fakir Mussafar. Once I was turned on to him, I stated learning as much as could and graciously started my endeavors as a professional piercer. As an effort to constantly provide better service for my clients, and to better myself and the industry, as well as my fascination with the world of modification I constantly search for news and info through out the web. One of those such searches revealed an article about a young girl defending her religious right to wear a nostril piercing in a school where they were banned. The article intrigued my intrest. I have always had a heavy sense or tie to the ritual, anthropological, and spiritual side of the industry. Over the course of the next few years I researched the church, and looked deep into my Buddhist beliefs. I was even fortunate enough to be able to consult with several Buddhist monks through out Asia. After my own personal soul search I finally excepted the notion and ideals of the church. Recently I was grace with the acceptance of membership. And so my spiritual journey continues down the path of enlightenment.

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April 9, 2012
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I was doing a paper for my school about body modification through the ages. What it meant to our culture's now in today's day in age. And I came upon the church website, I think this was about a year and a half ago. I spent the rest of that night researching the church instead.

When I first put in my application I was denied. Wasn't big on sharing my Self with strangers, but I opened this last winter and got in.

April 10, 2012
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after just a few short years in the body mod scene, and after desperately searching for my path, google showed me the answer, the CoBM lol

April 11, 2012
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I think this thread highlights the interesting dialectic between actively promoting and making information available. The stories here are quite round about ways of finding us, which makes me think maybe the info doesn't get out there as readily as it should.

 

For myself it was ModBlog on BMEzine a number of years ago that first made me aware of it. I decided against joining because of how I perceived the church at the time. I heard about the CoBM relaunching in 2008 (maybe ModBlog again, or the BME wiki, or maybe the Bodymod.org forums, i can't remember tbh), and followed the progress. After some scrutiny and soul searching i joined.

"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
April 11, 2012
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Oakbear, I understand what you mean about information not getting out there but at the same time I appreciate how things work out in the end. I'm not sure how it could be done, by putting more information out there without recruiting. I know I plan on making a link on my website in a couple weeks after I get it up and running again. That will help with sharing because even just to find my website you have to do some research. Modern Primitivism isn't exactly a largely searched term.

James R. Somers ModernPrimitivism.com
April 19, 2012
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I found it by making a search on Google about different types of Body Modifications for older ritualistic cultures.

I also found CoRE.

Both of these sites intrigued me greatly. :)

And you'll have to forgive me..

I'm new.

"Welcome Friends, Romans, and Circus Freaks to the generation in circuitry."
April 19, 2012
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Jamesryan
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Ahh, I love CoRE. I will have one of their shirts one day.

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April 19, 2012
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UnholyResonance
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Let's get one. xD
I wanna see 'em sometime.
Sounds like a truly breathtaking performance. :)

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