Body Modification

 

It’s not always as heavy as it sounds

Humankind has been doing it since time began, and for a great many reasons. Today we often see it in the ‘acceptable’ forms such as breast augmentation, liposuction even hair removal in western societies, but it all amounts to the same primal needs, whether for beauty, self expression or eroticsm. There are many ways we like to change the way we look and feel, and for a variety of reasons. My own interest has evolved from a medical perspective and practioner of many forms of body modification from an early age.

Stigmatophilia

is the act of eroticization of body modifications, translated in Latin to mean ‘love of the mark or brand.’ This can be by means of tattooing, piercing, corsetry, scarification, branding and many other forms of physical manipulation, but there are many other reasons, both historic and current for these practices. The physical and mental challenge, endorphine rush, self expression and rites of passage are just a few. Beauty has been a constant in the need to transform ones looks, the ancient Eygptians were advised to ‘whiten their skins with wax’, today we inject botox to prevent wrinkles.  From 700 BCE,  head binding was used a month after birth in the Paracus culture, as artificial cranial deformation was seen as a sign of traditional beauty.  Ritualised amputations have been found in neolithic cave paintings, something of a possible spiritual urge or rite of passage. The Padaung Kayan people wear coils from the age of two to elongate the neck and circumcision is still very common for religous purposes and health reasons in society today.

 

FAKIR MUSAFAR: The father of the ‘Modern primitive movement’

“It’s all just a joyous loving expression of decorating your house – an expression of the life force that lives in the house. To not do these things is not to live – it’s to deny the purpose of why we’re here.”

Foot binding shoe:

 

Body modification is not just a term we should associate with the extreme, it’s around us everyday. From the ear piercings and tattoos we accept as a popular part of western society, to the tribal practices around the world that are gaining increasing popularity. It is indeed a primal need all human beings nuture, it may change over the years or from cultural to spiritual practice, but no matter how ‘modern’ society becomes, this urge to decorate or change ourselves remains.

 

FAKIR MUSAFAR:

“Now we’ve got this oppressive force that’s trying to homogenize and make everything the same! And that we must resist and fight, because that’s the anti life! Evil is ‘live’ spelt backwards. Whatever world tends to crush the individual expression of life in people – that is evil.”

Fakir Musafar began what is known as the Modern primitive movement of today. Any fetish, alternative club, tattoo parlour or piercing studio will bare witness to the increasing degree of new body modification, and Fakir has had a huge imput on where it all began. When at school, he was incensed about the fact that ” their was immense cultural conceit about people from other lands”.  At the age of thirteen he made his first piercing and grew up surrounded by the Indian culture in S. Dakota. In 1985 he did the rituals for the film Dances sacred and profane, and has since done a series of books on body play and lectures internationally. He is now world reknown for bringing to light the issues and knowledge on body modification we see today.

THE FUTURE:

The western world impraces new forms of bodymod; transdermal implants and microdermal piercings are in their infancy. New technology, medical research and the expansion of the Internet Of Things and augmented reality will see huge new steps in a very exciting direction! For the geeks out there, if you’ve got root access, your in control! Body modification is becoming highly technical, the next stage seems to be the implantation of technology around the home and body in the progression of erotic play, not just to change your TV channels, but to do so much more…

Imagine the next faze of social media, give it afew years or so, though things move quickly. You meet your play partner and see her/his likes, dislikes, where they are going what they want to do through retinal scanning or subdermal implantation, down loading data in real time through the cloud or similar, including new types of erotic sex toys. It’s a whole different ball game. Make it look beautiful, outstanding for the time, would’nt you try it? It’s no longer desk top, it’s all around you, and that’s where body modification stays, it will always be part of the modern primitive.

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Body Modification Access

  • Diversion
  • Distension
  • Adhesion
  • Perforation
  • Cauterisation
  • Insersion
  • Removal
  • Staining
  • Enlargement
  • Compression
  • Abrasion
  • Incision

 

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