Ice Water Suspension

Many of us have suspended in the cold before, and talk about how crazy it was to be suspending when the temperatures were almost freezing. We might even have seen a snow flake or two floating down around us! Well, get ready for that to seem like a warm day on the beach compared to the incredible ice water suspension that Mikael Saarnisto decided to take on with the help of Jussi Paradise in Finland. For many people, I would feel that this would be a somewhat risky idea that could potentially lead to some issues such as passing out, shock, and mild to moderate hypothermia. Mikael, however, has an interesting history working with both extreme suspensions and extreme cold that better prepared him for this than most people would have been.

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Body Suspension As Individual (R)evolution

This post was written submitted by Mike Perazzetti, and is reblogged from his website.

While on one level the entire continuum of experiencing body suspension immediately incorporates IndividualEvolution.org’s (IE) heart, head, and hand, the wholeness of it also profoundly and radically transcends individual evolution and becomes an individual revolution, as I like to call it. It incorporates IE’s scientific method of inquiry, reaches beyond its body, mind, and spirit, and grasps through centuries to an ancient universal personal quest. Such exploration can only happen with subsequent suspensions and their reflections. This is infinitely more about exploring spirituality, exploring zones of safety and personal comfort, and transforming personal space. It is also about eclipsing the logic of the mundane. It is about, what Baba Ram Dass aptly manifested not so long ago: being here now.

When I decide to actively approach a challenge, it isn’t analyzed as much as it is pondered as a spiritual challenge to enhance practice and even emotional fitness, rather than a physical one. This same mindset was tapped into when I decided to overcome my fear of public speaking and join a college speech team, when I decided to learn tango dancing, and even when I decided to pursue masters and doctorate degrees. That same font of spiritual power was consulted when I decided to body suspend several months ago and when I actually suspended a few weekends ago at Skindicate’s DisgraceGiving in Atlanta. I plan to access that spiritual energy often because it needs replenishment often to increase its ability to transcend the mundane obstacles that I am faced with daily.

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FIVE

Skindependent Suspension is a team that most people in the suspension community are familiar with. Their dedication to high standards and education and the beautiful suspension photos that come from their team have gained them quite a bit of international attention over the last few years. In celebration of their five year anniversary, the team has published their first book which is now available, appropriately titled FIVE. Between publishing a book, running a suspension team, body piercing, planning the first Australasian Suscon, family life, and a hundred other things that Eden Thomson somehow manages to juggle, he took a moment out to talk with me about his team, the book, and their upcoming 2015 suscon.

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Hook Interview: Priscilla Pincushion

Priscilla is a performance artist for Ritual Flesh Suspension Team, The Beggar’s Carnivale, The Randy Dandies, Grit Boy Productions (also a producer there), Hung Like a Martyr, Subversion, and many more. She is in love with the fun, cheeky art of human pincushion. Her typical performances include piercings, crowd participation, the bed of nails and other mayhem. She regularly hook suspends for performances. I’ve always loved her work, and recently I got a chance to chat with her about her work with suspension specifically. She had the following to say:

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The Adventures of Jared Anderson

Tell me about your journey into hook suspension in general; why you got into it, and how long have you been in the industry personally and professionally. 

I became fascinated with suspension, as cliché as it sounds, from the Discovery Channel. It was 1992 and I was around the age of twelve. I can’t recall the specific title for the show, but what I saw were people bearing Kavadi, marching through the streets with hooks in their back as they lunged forward only to be pulled back equally as hard by a group following… as well as a couple suspended from poles being carried through the procession. That was the first time I felt what could be described as desire. Not long after I was able to find a copy of Modern Primitives (at the Clark County Library in Las Vegas). I read the book till the glued in binding split in multiple areas. About 4 years later I was able to get into a horrible apprenticeship for piercing. I spent the next 5 years repairing all the improper training I was given while still in search of someone to grant me my first suspension. It was not as easy to find people back then. It wasn’t until late 2000 that I was able to get in contact with someone near me, Brandon Bond. I suspended in a superman position for my 21st b-day in a now defunct dungeon in Las Vegas. 10 hooks thrown one at a time. The flight time was around 3 hours. And to be honest, I was quite disappointed. I did not get any visions, no euphoria, not a damn thing I had read about from others experiences. But it did give me something, and I have still not been able to explain it in words. It’s been 18 years since that I have worked on and off as a piercer now and nearly 14 years since my first suspension.

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Dallas Suscon 2014

Most people in the suspension community may have heard of, or in many cases attended, the Dallas Suscon. If you haven’t, you are certainly missing out on one of the year’s best suspension events. The Dallas Suspension Practitioners Convention brings together suspension teams and practitioners of all experience levels to exchange information through classes, workshops, and roundtable discussions and to gain hands-on experience working alongside one another. As usual the Dallas Suscon will be held Easter weekend, April 18-20, and registration is currently open for teams and individuals interested in furthering their education.

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Hook Interview: Tiana Marie

Everyone hook suspends for their own reasons. Some people suspend because it’s bad ass, others because of spirituality and some just for the fun of it. Whatever the reason, I personally always get chills watching videos and looking at photos of suspendees. Energy from hook suspension is pure, loud and beautiful. I came across the photos of Tiana suspending earlier in 2013 and I loved what she had to say about her experience and I loved the energy that came from her photos. I instantly wanted to chat with her about her experiences. So I sent her a message and here’s a bit of what she had to say:

What got you into hook suspension?

I knew what suspension was growing up by what TV shows on National Geographic showed me. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I spent a lot of time on IAM/BME where I was exposed to a completely different world. I read so many experiences and ogled at photos and videos on the site. I knew I had to try it. There were no doubts in my mind, I knew it would be exactly what I needed.

In 2008 I was able to suspend for the first time when my friend Evan (who I met through BME) let me know there would be private suspension sign ups with CoRE. I did a 4 point suicide and had two of my friends come with me for support. I fell in love instantly. I stayed up for about an hour and didn’t even realize it. Time had just flown by and it didn’t even matter. I had such a positive first time that I’ll never forget. Then of course when I came down, I already wanted to go back up.

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Flesh Hook

For people outside of the suspension community, the idea of marking a very large portion of the front of your body with some tool you use in your hobby might seem absurd. For those who have had the experience of falling in love with suspension, I am sure this beautiful scarification piece makes perfect sense. The passion and enthusiasm that many of us feel for suspension often results in it working its way into the other artistic outlets in our lives; for Trevor Sanders that came in the form of scarification. Trevor sought out scarification artist Yann Brënyàk during his guest spot at Fura Bodyworks with Aerik Martin for his Gilson hook cutting, and has documented the weekly progress of the scar over the first 8 weeks of healing. Anyone who has or has seen scars heal will know that this is just the first stages of how the cutting will ultimately look when it is well healed. Trevor is going to continue to document the progress of his cutting as it develops so that we can check back in after it has had time to mature and heal.

Those that haven’t seen the work of Yann Brënyàk before should definitely take a moment to browse through his work. He has two studios that he calls home in London, The Lacemakers Sweatshop and Sang Bleu London, and has worked with this style of design before with ‘portrait’ cuttings that have a pretty incredible healed result.

Thank you so much for keeping us up to date with your healing Trevor! I look forward to seeing more updates of it in the future.

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The Midwest Suspension Connection

Written by Stephie Von Hutter Thomas, with contributions from attendees and practitioners of the The Midwest Suspension Connections 1st Annual Hooker Harvest:

After working several events together, it became clear to the members of Mercury Suspension, Urban Rituals, and C.A.T. Flesh Suspension that there was something special about their group dynamic. Not only did everyone love working together, they worked together well and without inflated egos, infighting or competition. They were just a group of friends who love body modification, share a passion for suspension, mutual respect and a desire to learn from others. It seems that they discovered what they have come to see as true teamwork. Working together has never been seen as a chore and things just seemed to “flow” naturally no matter the situation.

When close friend Mathew Borsa humorously stated that the group should call themselves “The Midwest Suspension Connection” the idea stuck. These three suspension teams, varying in experience levels, decided to embrace the concept and begin what most would define as a “suspension collaboration” or “co-op”. This concept basically entails the three teams working together as often as possible in order to promote learning, build experience and pool resources. Anytime one team found themselves invited to host or participate in an event the natural inclination is to call the other teams to invite them along for the ride.

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Hook Interview: Waylay Suspension Force

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Waylay Suspension force is a upbeat, easy going hook suspension team from Brisbane Australia. Founded by Waylay Jake the team has been facilitating a wide range of suspension since 2010. Waylay Jake began his journey into hook suspension with Polymorph Piercing Studio in Sydney Australia. He did several suspension projects with them while gathering his own supplies and building his team in Brisbane. Presently the team gets together as often as they can to put together everything from simple and basic get togethers to large scale extravagant art projects. Their aim in 2014 is to push and expand the Australian hook culture to new heights.

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