THE EXTERNAL MODIFICATIONS,
DO YOU CONSIDER THAT YOU'VE DONE ANY INTERNAL, SPIRITUAL,
MODS AS WELL?
have been drug-free since I was fifteen years old. I am
running again, and intend to become a vegetarian by the
time I reach twenty.
YOU HAVE A RELIGION?
ARE RELATIVELY YOUNG,
BUT HAVE VERY CLEARLY DEFINED IDEAS ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT.
HOW LONG AGO HAVE YOU BECOME EMANCIPATED?
am 18, and have been living alone since I was 16, but am
not emancipated. I haven't finished my studies and am not
PEOPLE JUDGED BY THEIR APPEARANCE?
YOU CARE ABOUT THE OTHERS' OPINIONS?
like to hear comments, of any kind. But if I agreed with
everyone I would stop doing modifications.
THE MOST IMPORTANT?
also important... I try to maintain my balance :)
THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE MODIFICATIONS,
YOU SEEM TO ENJOY THE PROCESS. HOW IS YOUR RELATION WITH
I find it all a lot of fun. I don't really like pain, and
not everything hurts as much as it looks like. You can feel
a *lot* of pain without doing permanent things to your body.
making it to
last year :( I hope to attend this year, and get
MODS PLANNED OR DONE BY IMPULSE?
each modification is planned. I took more or less
a year to stretch my septum. My tongue took about
the same time, and it's not finished yet. My circumcision
took at least six months - getting a medical plan,
setting up an appointment, getting authorization,
HAVE AN E-ZINE
a web page is essential; it's your online address.
You describe yourself in the page, put photos up,
talk about what you like, what you listen to, etc.
When I want to know something about a person I look
at their personal web site. If I want to talk to them,
I send e-mail.
YOUR SITE: DO YOU DO EVERYTHING YOURSELF? WHAT DO
YOU USE? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS RECENT TREND
edit and update everything myself, using Dreamweaver
and Fireworks. I love blogs. I read about five daily
and some people read my online
All the pages are hosted generously by Matrix Internet,
which offered space for BodyMods and took my personal
site in too.
YOU COMMENT ON THE RECENT INCREASE IN POPULARITY OF PIERCINGS
of people get stuff on impulse, especially in the summertime.
But it's cool when somebody discovers that tattoos are much
more than a dolphin on their ankle (or a tribal design on
their arm), and that there are other places in one's body
that may be pierced, besides their eyebrows.
DO YOU SEE THE MEDIA'S PERCEPTION OF BODY MODS?
of the articles have numerous errors, like "piercings
are dangerous" or "if you get a tattoo you won't
be able to get a job". Still, the media helps to show
that it's something normal, and not about a tribe, a movement,
or some circus act.
HAS THE INTERNET HELPED YOU FIND PEOPLE WHO THINK SIMILARLY?
people that think alike is difficult. But the web-more specifically-
helped me find people that have done similar modifications.
That is great - you exchange experiences, talk about procedures,
ask how it went, find out where to buy things, etc.
YOU WOULDN'T DO? SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVEN'T DONE YET
BUT WOULD LIKE TO?
don't intend to change my sex, become a circus act,
or become any kind of animal. Right now, I am stretching
my earlobes (I want to reach 1 1/2 - 2 inches). I
also have a tattoo project for my arms and legs, and
various subcutaneous implants (forehead, penis, legs),
and some other minor things, (other piercings, etc.)
HAS YOUR SPLIT TONGUE AFFECTED YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONS?
HOW DO GIRLS REACT TO IT?
Lots of people don't like it, think it's some deformity,
or think it was some accident. You don't kiss better
because you have a split tongue. It's just another