Brian Decker @ Pure Body Arts in Brooklyn, New York City
Spent last Sunday volunteering at the Folsom Street East street fair here in New York City. It’s basically the same shit year after year - same vendors, same volunteers, same perennial attendees… I volunteer because it takes about 20 minutes to see the whole thing, but the people - oh the PEOPLE! They make the whole thing worthwhile =) By volunteering, at least I have a reason to be there, instead of just being a wall-flower. Plus, I’ve had the opportunity to meet tons of cool/smart/well-heeled people, so Folsom is really one of the few times a year that we can all socialize. Because of the internet, the fetish and BDSM world has moved “underground”… you don’t need to hang out at a bar to find a hookup, and so far fewer people are brave enough to venture out in gear (or even just show up!).
I had received my fabulous new tights last Friday and was thrilled to be able to wear them out on the town all weekend. The Pride Parade is on Sunday down Fifth Avenue, and I just spent $90 today on Mardi Gras beads to throw while I’m marching in it. It’s soooooooooooooooo much fucking fun!!! 100x more fun than watching from the sidelines!! Lots of organizations openly invite people to march with them, so me and some friends are going to march with the “The Center”, the main LGBT community center in town. And I’m dying to wear those tights out again =D
As for the mohawk idea… yeah, I did a buzz-cut instead :-\ Had a job interview 2 hours ago… went well, but pretty clear to me that I’m not the most skilled candidate for the position, so I don’t expect to do another interview. Pity, because I interviewed with the CTO (chief tech. officer) who was wearing a t-shirt and shorts back from a client visit - the perfect office culture that I’m looking for. Oh well, let’s hope I have at least one more next week, to justify the buzz cut instead of the mohawk.
And as for the photo itself, I look like I’m squeezing a huge shit out. I’m about as photogenic as a meth addict.
I miss my teal mohawk! I’m due for a haircut this week and need to decide between a bland buzz-cut or a bodacious mohawk =p I’d love to have it in time for the NYC pride parade this weekend. Problem is, I’m doing 2 or 3 in-person interviews each week for mid-level computer engineer positions, and if I do get a mohawk it’ll be for at least a month.
I’m unfortunately leaning towards the buzz-cut, because even though the kind of company that I want to work for will be 100% okay with it, I need to get the job first. On the ~other~ hand, now is the time to do it.
What do you suggest?
Pretty much the most annoying part of the Swiss Cheese Ear life; finding headphones that fit, deliver quality sound & don’t fall out. Enter, Sennheiser x Adidas OCX 685i Sports headphones. The only pair of inner ear earbuds which I can wear walking down the street & at the gym; they wrap around the ear to prevent falling out and the angled bud ensures my tragus punches can’t push them out. Not the most glamorous look (especially with my messy fringe and overgrown undercut), but anything that withstands 4mm & 11mm ear punches is okay with me! 🎧🎶🎶
Definitely with her on the earbuds! They’re terrible… The wraparounds are better but still cheap. Get them big aviator head phones and listen hi-fi style :-)
You would get callbacks, but we do have to be realistic here… your success as an actor is defined by what others think of you. You probably won’t ever be cast in a “normal” role on a mainstream film - pointy ears may distract from the main plot or characteristics and convey an ‘otherness’ that the director doesn’t want - fair enough. Having long hair would be helpful though. I think you would be a lot more likely to get roles in theater, independent films, and TV.
First and foremost though, it comes down to how you portray yourself. Make yourself a brand, organized and professional. Be realistic about having a facial body modification in an industry obsessed with looks. But realize that if you work hard enough and/or can persuade the right people, you can still take on some awesome jobs :-)
Cool! :-D It hurts about as much as having no hat on a windy winter day, for 3 or 4 days - uncomfortable but very bearable - ibpruofen seems to be a lot better for the pain of body modification than vicodin or percocet, for me at least (perc + 2 beers works nicely tho). I was expecting it to hurt more than it did. As for infection, all I did was leave it alone and not touch them more than to tape them for the first 2-3 weeks. A little neosporin for the first 3-4 days seems to lessen the scarring
Hiya - the only artists I can think of off the top of my head are in Vancouver Canada, Arizona, NYC, and New Hampshire - you’ll probably need to travel a bit
Awesome! And even more awesome that there’s two of you =D Brian Decker did mine here in NYC, and Steve Haworth is in Arizona. There’s one in Vancouver too I think… they travel often, especially the coastal states
Come join the club :-p
I was very conscious of my tongue for the first 6 months or so, and made an effort not to yawn or stick my tongue out or open my mouth too wide while the boss was around (being a computer guy and working alone helps a lot). After that I pretty much forgot about my tongue, and now only sometimes realize that I’m licking my lips in a meeting or whatever. Nobody has ever said anything to me in the office, and only maybe 4 or 5 people EVER.
I suppose this is the best way to explain why I had them re-pointed so many times… first in 11/2011, then 10/2012, and finally 5/2013… these pics were taken after several months of healing. I’m so happy with how they’ve turned out :-)
Because they weren’t pointy enough - duh! :-)
Well, my ear cartilage is apparently quite firm, and they wanted to return to their original shape. I had them first pointed in November 2011. After the first year, being slept on and all, they had ‘loosened up’ a bit - the skin pocket stretched apart and my ears became less pointy. I had them done a second time 11.5 months later and although they were better, there was still a little nub of cartilage on the tip of one ear and the other still wasn’t pointy enough for me to make it match the other side. I’m big on symmetry.
Either the second or third time, Brian made a few small additional cuts and stitches to the top and back of my ear which seem to have done a good job of relieving the pressure on my… I dunno what to call them - there’s gotta be something better than “skin” or “ear” pocket - those sound funky (they’re quite clean tyvm!) :-S
I have exactly what I wanted, and although there are a few stitch scars still barely visible on the top of my left ear, I can certainly live with that!
After seeing how some of the new ear pointing procedures are turning out, I’ve given thought to having had the helix reshaped instead. The early ones that Samppa did, I didn’t care much for the shape of. But the ones he has done the past year look amazing. If I had waited to get my ears pointed till now, I would probably consider having him do it.
But I made my decision, and I am 100% thrilled with how they came out - and even more-so after seeing/hearing the horror stories of shoddy workmanship and infection. Love em love em love em, one of the best decisions of my life :-D
HOLY CRAP YOU’RE AWESOME TOO!! :D
And thank you :-)
Trying something new! Around this time last year I dyed my hair pink for a rave, and on Friday I decided to do something different for a while and got a mohawk haircut before a (fucking awesome amazing!) rave that night. Look at those mollied-up eyes…
It’s interesting… It feels like taking on a different persona. I’ve always prided myself on being neat and clean-cut, which at least minimizes the visual impact of my mods. I feel like now with this haircut, a lot of people have a suspicious look in their eye when they glance at me - yeah, even NYC. After wearing the crazy outfits I do out on the town (which took a lot of courage to work up to!) I am not especially conscious of my appearance. Even the nose ring might only get an extra glance. But with the mohawk, it feels like people are more suspicious or hesitant. Ah whatever - it’s New York and they’ll get over it :-)
My friends all like it - even my MOTHER! I wouldn’t say I’m 100% ecstatic about the look, but I think I might keep it for the year. Whatcha’ll think?
Yup I’m doing fabulous :-) How you doin’ baby?
Fabulous except for still feeling drunk and hungover from last night….
The girlfriend, her brother and I went to a Russian bar/restaurant to watch the (delayed) Olympic opening ceremony… fuckin’ vodka… it tasted so good, you didn’t even taste it. They had like 50 different flavors of homemade vodkas - the Raspberry Chocolate was awesome - and they have other flavors like garlic and borscht and ‘bacon cheddar’. Yeah. I’ll leave those for the more adventuresome drinkers.
Needless to say, after 10 drinks apiece, we were all just plastered. I felt good when I first woke up this morning for an hour or so, went back to sleep, woke up a few hours later… and WOW I’m in the middle of a foggy, gale-force storm. The gf puked thrice - I’ve at least been able to keep all my goodies inside me ^_^
Tonight is definitely going to be a recovery night… after hitting ‘publish’, I’m gonna return to the fetal position on the couch -_-