Someone wise recently told me, "The problem with body mod is egos."

I just want to say that I have enormous personal respect for the piercers who are sending me BME/Risks photos (and explanations), including the photos of their own work when it goes wrong. One of the biggest problems in this industry is that too many cutting edge practitioners go to lengths to actually hide the things that go wrong from the public, and those few people that have come out about it tend to get ostracised and even threatened. It's bizarre, and, I believe ultimately self-desctructive.

But anyway, thank you to those piercers and body artists who are sending in their mistakes as well as their successes (and other people's mistakes too). It's because of you that we're able to learn, and ensure that we do as little repeating mistakes as possible. We're not alchemists working in secret. We have an ethical responsibility to share knowledge with each other. Anyway, thank you to those of you who are doing so (you know who you are). It may not seem like a big deal, but every gross-out picture goes a long way to helping someone live a happier life with their modifications.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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