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Exploring Aesthetics in Body Suspension
As a team, Anchors Aweigh has always been driven towards the aesthetics behind suspension; to us, body suspension is ultimately an art-form. The form is defined by the concept that each person is having a unique experience that cannot be replicated, and that everything around them supplements the singularity of the moment. Capturing the essence of these moments via photography, or videography, is just an additional layer of creativity, as well as a form of documentation without which live art mediums cannot survive. Dave Coyle & Chloe Juckel suspending at Mecca SusCon, 2015
A Long Time Coming
Those of us in the suspension community aren't exactly known for our patience. Generally when an idea comes about, the excitement and motivation to make it happen means that we often rush into it. We also know that the willingness to wait can certainly pay off with projects that venture into new concepts or ideas in body suspension. If you think waiting a few months can be difficult, try being a part of a project that was 8 years in the making. This video of Tom Moore in the rotisserie rig by Jared Anderson is the result of years of thought, creativity, and hard work. Although any project will have improvements that can be made, with how smoothly it went for him, it certainly seems like it was worth the wait. [embed]https://youtu.be/D_k133UhMjg[/embed]
To Bleed or Not to Bleed
Please support this worthy cause - The campaign: http://igg.me/at/tbontb/ As you might know, we are in the process of making another book! This time, it’s the last decade of Pain Solution that we want to share with you. Once again, Helene Fjell’s incredible photos are the main content of the book, supported by Håvve Fjell’s thoughts on life, love, pain, and the art and business of being a Sideshow Fakir.  We got a bit wiser after Learning to Fly. Trying to publish a book for the first time wasn’t easy but we sure made it happen and even got two awards for it! This book will not be quite as heavy as the last (who thought sending an extra few grams of paper could suddenly make things so much more expensive?!), and this time we researched worldwide shipping better. The life of a Fakir is not an easy one, and especially not a luxurious one. But still, Håvve and his Pain Solution partners, Marte and Morten travel the world giving it all to entertain their audiences. If you have ever seen Pain Solution perform, you know how dedicated they are and how much they love the work that they do. They don’t do it for fame, they certainly don’t do it for money, but even though it might be rough and challenging at times, they do it out of a passion for bringing their unique art to the stage and sharing it with their audience.  At this time, the campaign is 44% funded with 16 more days to go. Which is where you come in—we need your help to make this book a reality! Please take a look at our campaign, please buy the book, please buy more of the books and please tell your friends and community about it! We are counting on you! bilde01
Lilith: From Myth to Flesh

This post comes somewhat last minute to help seek funding for a collaborative project that brings together a variety of incredibly talented artists including body modification artist Brian Decker, White Flag Suspension Team, Numi Empire, makeup artist May Moore, designer Dorothy Schmidt, rope bondage artist MacK,...

ISA Educational Meetups
Many of you may have seen events online showing up for ISA Educational Meetups located in many regions around the world. So what exactly is going on with the ISA, and what are these meets all about? The International Suspension Alliance, which you can read more about here and here, has been a long process of organization and a lot of paperwork behind the scenes. Although they are still working on a platform to begin the process of officially opening up memberships, work is underway to have it available as soon as possible. In the meantime, their main focus is still to bring members of the body suspension community together in positive ways to grow and learn. IMG_5399 crop This brings in the ISA's first steps toward those goals; the ISA Education Meetups. These will be meets hosted regionally by a variety of teams around the world. Although the dates will vary from region to region, each meet will host the same educational workshops and roundtable discussions for practitioners to learn from and participate in. These educational meets are open to all practitioners, completely free of charge. The ISA will be welcoming donations from attendees to go toward helping with the very large legal fees associated with starting a nonprofit organization.
Suspension with Intention
When Aerik Martin set out in 2012 to form his own team, he had a few ideas in mind. He wanted to create a working collective of suspension practitioners focused on learning and sharing their craft with other practitioners as well as lead a team focused on the suspendees' goals and vision for the experience rather than their own. That idea came together in Catalyst for Awareness with Intention by Ascension or CAIA Collective. Over two years later, their reputation has quickly grown for being an incredible group to suspend with, offering a positive environment for suspendees to bring their concepts to life. One of their most recent projects came from the mind of tattoo artist Corey Divine when he decided to combine his passion for tattooing with his new found love of suspension. Corey's journey into body suspension began just a few months back, when his visit to overseas gave him the unique opportunity to have his first suspension organized by Jake Waylay of Waylay Suspension Force surrounded by the beautiful Australian scenery. Corey said that he was immediately in love with suspension and has wanted to do it again ever since. corey_divine_by_mark_sandstorm_0001-XL
The People Who Suspend – Kickstarter Project
Today's post comes from guest writer, Lukas Larson. [embed]https://youtu.be/W7TaK8oC7_0[/embed] For those of you who don't know me, my name is Lukas Larson and I've been active in suspension for over 5 years.  I'm also a developer of equipment for suspension and I travel many times a year to conventions and such.
A Personal Touch
Anchors Aweigh has been a group that I have loved since its formation in 2011; not only their beautiful work, but also the incredible individuals that make their team what it is. I have been fortunate enough to have suspended with them in their private sessions before, and there is something that is very personal and intimate about the experience they offer. It really can't be placed on any one element, but rather is a combination of the love they have for their craft, their passion to create suspension as art, and most importantly, the feeling that you are in the hands of people who genuinely care about you and the experience you have while you are with them. The result can be seen in the images they capture of their suspendees in various states of emotional release, happiness, or peaceful bliss. karla_spread   Anchors Aweigh has brought some of those moments together in their newly released photo book. Orb, the Captain of the Anchors Aweigh crew, took a moment to tell us about the focus of the team, the photos, and their book:
Veneration
November was a busy month for the suspension community in the US. Along with the multiple DisGraceGivinG events taking place, it also marked the debut of Veneration; a magazine aimed toward the suspension and body modification communities. Their editor in chief, Rachel Dorothy, took some time to tell  us more about the magazine, what you can expect in the first issue, and how to order. Editor-in-Chief Rachel Dorothy: "Veneration Magazine began as a dream among members of Skindicate Suspension in mid-2014. After much thought and planning, and after several adjustments to the staff running this show, I became the editor-in-chief of the project. Veneration was created in order to be a place for the heavier and more “taboo” arts to showcase their works, without fear of censorship or judgment. Obviously the magazine has a heavy emphasis on body suspension, and is going to be primarily focused on such, but we are looking forward to having performers of all genres in the magazine, including freakshow/sideshow acts, body modifiers, and other acts from across the globe. Speaking of which, Veneration is an internationally-available magazine. We hope to include several international parties in our upcoming issue, which is due for release in February 2015. Veneration is a quarterly magazine as of right now." 10367150_827938633895248_6709415866435511444_n
On Tender Hooks

On Tender Hooks, an in depth look at the incredible individuals that make up our suspension community, is the first feature film by director Kate Shenton. Along with documenting the experience of what we do and why, Kate took the leap herself to fully immerse herself...

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