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(SFGate)   "Master of Suspension" now teaching students from all over how to hang a living human body from steel fish hooks (warning: some pics are rather graphic)   (sfgate.com) divider line
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2007-02-10 11:17:52 AM  
"I grieve for this," Musafar said of the proliferation of suspension. "Because I brought it into this culture, and 98 percent of the people who are doing it are attracted to the visual, the graphic of it, and they have no idea where it comes from or what it's about.

"It's not fun and games," Musafar said. "It's not meant to be a nightclub act."


Damn shame there pop, you might have studied Western Culture a bit and found every single practice that once started out on the fringes moves into the mainstream, and becomes commercialized and ruined and co-opted by stupid noobs.
 
2007-02-10 11:44:34 AM  
/puzzled by sudden urge to watch "Rocky"
 
2007-02-10 12:25:02 PM  
I've got a lot friends who do this. It's pretty cool.

Haven't done a suspension myself, though I've put big shark hooks through the skin on my forearms and hung heavy stuff from them.
 
2007-02-10 12:25:36 PM  
dumbass
 
2007-02-10 12:26:39 PM  
I used to know a guy who did this.
Kept calling it an almost euphoric transcendence. Meh.

/ to each their own
 
2007-02-10 12:26:49 PM  
NSFW or anyone who doesn't want to see people with hooks in them:

http://www.bmezine.com/ritual/group/cured001.html
 
2007-02-10 12:27:06 PM  
But.. but... why?

Well, uh... takes all kinds I guess. But I pass.
 
2007-02-10 12:27:26 PM  
Why is this 'sick' or 'dumbass'? Oh wait, because it isnt Friends or Survivor or American Idol.
 
2007-02-10 12:27:31 PM  
People have been doing this for the better part of a decade in america, and thousands of years in india.

This is news?
 
2007-02-10 12:27:40 PM  
After reading TFA this is exceptionally lame. The guy I knew in Sweden would get "hooked up" (heh) and swung around from a crane suspended 20 feet in the air.
 
2007-02-10 12:28:28 PM  
Redsrevenge:

takes all kinds I guess. But I pass.

Ugh. Seconded.
 
2007-02-10 12:31:06 PM  
Dude seriously needs a hook through his brain next.
 
2007-02-10 12:32:30 PM  
Gives new meaning to the phrase "The suspense is killing me."
 
2007-02-10 12:33:00 PM  
chemical_angel:

I dunno. I'm guessing quite a few farkers are quite frankly terrified of most American Idol people.

As for why it's sick, well, you have to admit that photos of this habit are rather...graphic...I guess is the word. People hanging from meathooks like a slab of beef can be a bit unnerving, ya know!
 
2007-02-10 12:33:12 PM  
Hey Billy, let's go hang by our skin before your parents get home!
 
2007-02-10 12:33:34 PM  
 
2007-02-10 12:33:46 PM  
This is perhaps the most retarded thing I've ever heard about. And I read about a lot of retarded things.

Whether you want to admit it or not, if you enjoy putting fish hooks in your back and suspending yourself from your bloody piercings for all to see, you have serious issues as a human being and need professional help. There is nothing good, glamorous, natural, or transcendent about this. This is something that broken people do.
 
2007-02-10 12:33:55 PM  
Captain Howdy approves.


By the way, the things they did to Linda Cardellini in that movie would make Scooby Doo puke up a Scooby snack.


[image from weirdwildrealm.com too old to be available]

 
2007-02-10 12:34:05 PM  
WTF?
/No really? WTF?
//Prefers slashies to farkin fishhooks
 
2007-02-10 12:34:45 PM  
eh.

this isn't new, but its something I want to try

/to each his own
 
2007-02-10 12:37:42 PM  
"Stupid is, is stupid does."

Forrest Gump
 
2007-02-10 12:40:49 PM  
Whether you want to admit it or not, if you enjoy putting fish hooks in your back and suspending yourself from your bloody piercings for all to see, you have serious issues as a human being and need professional help. There is nothing good, glamorous, natural, or transcendent about this. This is something that broken people do.

This comment, read after seeing the image above it, is pretty hilarious. Too bad Sqaunto couldn't get a decent therapist.
pssssst...you're being close-minded and ethnocentric.
 
2007-02-10 12:41:01 PM  
The guy I lost my virginity to did the first "ass suspension." Thank god this was years after we boned.
 
2007-02-10 12:41:43 PM  
I think I'm strung. I think I'm strung.

I think I'm just happy.
 
2007-02-10 12:44:02 PM  
2007-02-10 12:33:46 PM chakalakasp [TotalFark]

This is perhaps the most retarded thing I've ever heard about. And I read about a lot of retarded things.

Whether you want to admit it or not, if you enjoy putting fish hooks in your back and suspending yourself from your bloody piercings for all to see, you have serious issues as a human being and need professional help. There is nothing good, glamorous, natural, or transcendent about this. This is something that broken people do.


*golf clap*
I agree. Perhaps this is some kind of elaborate IQ test? You can tell who the smart people are because they're the ones who aren't putting large pieces of metal in their flesh?

Plus, are these things sterilized? I DNRT whole FA but this seems like a really effective way of getting all sorts of hepatitis.
 
2007-02-10 12:46:27 PM  
Steve O is unimpressed
 
2007-02-10 12:49:10 PM  
2007-02-10 12:44:02 PM interruptive_cow

*golf clap*
I agree. Perhaps this is some kind of elaborate IQ test? You can tell who the smart people are because they're the ones who aren't putting large pieces of metal in their flesh?


I know three physicians, a lawyer, a dentist, two veterinarians and the CEO of a company who've done this. Most of them graduated at or near the top of their class. I graduated first in my class myself and I've done this. Obviously intelligence exists.

Plus, are these things sterilized? I DNRT whole FA but this seems like a really effective way of getting all sorts of hepatitis.

It can be if precautions are not taken. Allen Falkner isn't one of those, the man is more anal about his tools then any surgeon. He owns a shop here in Dallas that does piercing and tattoo work, it's the only one I've ever seen with a sealed clean room.
 
2007-02-10 12:50:38 PM  
interruptive_cow

I agree. Perhaps this is some kind of elaborate IQ test? You can tell who the smart people are because they're the ones who aren't putting large pieces of metal in their flesh?

I don't think it's an IQ test. I think it's more of a "accomplishment" test. If you're completely useless, then hanging from fish-hooks probably seems to be quite an accomplishment, as "not everyone does it". However, if you're actually doing something worth-while with your life, it seems like a pointless and trivial thing to do (which it is).
 
2007-02-10 12:52:29 PM  
I've seen some of this in person, and... it can be both really fascinating, and really horrifying.

Instinctual flinch reactions kick in for me every time I've seen suspension work or needleplay like that.

(FYI, there's also standard rope suspension, which works in much the same ways but doesn't involve piercings. Some very pretty, very intense work I've seen in that vein.)
 
2007-02-10 12:56:15 PM  
skeevywonder:

Some morbid curiousity makes me ask...

Ass suspension? Just how does that work? Hang on to a buttplug with you sphincter of godly strength? Drive hooks through your buttcheek muscles? Geez...
 
2007-02-10 12:56:45 PM  
Yeah, uh, wow. I don't care what people say about being closed-minded or ethnocentric, this just sort of crosses the line where I have to go 'you are absolutely farked up'.
 
2007-02-10 12:56:51 PM  
/edit above post:

you=your
 
2007-02-10 1:01:19 PM  
I'd probably do it, but I don't think I would like an audience.
 
2007-02-10 1:02:35 PM  
[image from i68.photobucket.com too old to be available]

I liked it...
 
2007-02-10 1:05:55 PM  
InfernalCatfish

Nope, the problem is, as I said with my picture post above, that these are people that are doing it purely so people will gawk at them and point their fingers. They are the epitome of attention whores, and business is good for them.

Not always true, but it encompasses the majority of folks who do suspension work. They do it so that people will recognize them, the same reason they gauge their ears to obscene lengths and cover themselves with gaudy piercings. For them, it's a matter of what looks "cool". They're bucking the system, sticking it to the man...etc.

Suspension for me is somewhat cathartic. I do it in a dark room with only a monitor keeping an eye on me. It's an emotional release. Most of the folks I know who do this are the same way. Not all, but most.

chakalakasp

Whether you want to admit it or not, if you enjoy putting fish hooks in your back and suspending yourself from your bloody piercings for all to see, you have serious issues as a human being and need professional help. There is nothing good, glamorous, natural, or transcendent about this. This is something that broken people do.

Thank you for that stunning analysis. Do you have any experience to back up such a claim, or do you always just ascribe mental illness to anything you happen to not agree with? There is plenty that is good or transcendent from suspension work, if you put effort in to it. If you don't care to try it, then don't. No one is going to chase you with fish hooks and string you up from the ceiling.
 
2007-02-10 1:06:54 PM  
NYMoogle

This comment, read after seeing the image above it, is pretty hilarious. Too bad Sqaunto couldn't get a decent therapist.
pssssst...you're being close-minded and ethnocentric.


No, you see, this is the kind of politically correct bullsh-t that the country is gravitating away from. "Golly, you're behavior is not bad or unhealthy, it's just different! Nothing is bad or unhealthy, it's just different!"

Guess what: some behavioral choices are unnatural and unhealthy as a person. Some behaviors indicate that you are broken as a person and need help. (The help doesn't have to be in the form of a shrink, though I suspect that shrink would be helpful.) Driving fishhooks through the fat of your back and winching yourself up into the air while you bleed for entertainment is a sign that you are broken as a human being and need help.

The fact that an indigenous tribe used to practice something similar does not make it a good idea. The Aztecs enjoyed human sacrifice, cannibalism, flaying their opponents, and wearing their skin around as trophies. That was broken and unnatural behavior, too, it was just enacted on a societal level. Social acceptance does not equate "good", nor does it equate "healthy".
 
2007-02-10 1:11:19 PM  
FTFA
A few silent minutes later, Prybyla reported that the sharp pain had settled. His body swung like dead weight and, finally, a smile creased across his face.

His wife used one hand to gently rock him and the other to hold the video recorder.

For a moment, Prybyla closed his eyes and appeared to go into a tranquil state. When he opened his eyes, Falkner was to there to say, softly, "The next time you hang, you may want to go for a low light, mellow setting. ... You don't seem like a high-energy guy."


Is it just me or does that sound like something you'd expect to find in those retarded romance novels that aging unsexed housewives read?
 
2007-02-10 1:13:18 PM  
and argues on its Web site, "Life holds only two promises: Pain and Death."

Is death guaranteed for embryonic stem cells?

In high school, Prybyla described himself as a straight-laced "Phil Collins man."

I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke.
 
2007-02-10 1:14:52 PM  
Chirping Cricket

Thank you for that stunning analysis. Do you have any experience to back up such a claim, or do you always just ascribe mental illness to anything you happen to not agree with? There is plenty that is good or transcendent from suspension work, if you put effort in to it. If you don't care to try it, then don't. No one is going to chase you with fish hooks and string you up from the ceiling.

Gosh, have you ever stuck the blade of a hunting knife up your ass? Maybe it would be transcendent. Can't say it isn't till you try it.

Or maybe you don't need to actually need to stick a hunting knife up your ass to know that there is nothing transcendent about it and that anyone who would actually enjoy doing that has serious mental issues. Such a person does not need to embrace their inner ass-knifer, they need to seek help to find out why their mind craves such clearly psychologically deviant and destructive behavior.
 
2007-02-10 1:17:34 PM  
Chirping_Cricket [TotalFark]

There is plenty that is good or transcendent from suspension work, if you put effort in to it


Hang in there, dude!
 
2007-02-10 1:21:41 PM  
ow
 
2007-02-10 1:27:42 PM  
 
2007-02-10 1:28:26 PM  
normal people are boring.
i am all for freaks and geeks.
suspend away.
 
2007-02-10 1:33:32 PM  
meh. May not be your cuppa and it certainly ain't mine but I understand it. The pain of the act floods you body causing a euphoria (the endorphins help) that some feel is a nigh trascendant state. Not saying I agree with the practice but it is no stranger or more body damaging that running a marathon for the exact same effect.
 
2007-02-10 1:37:52 PM  
Richard Harris sneers at you.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066049/

This has been going on for thousands of years, nothing to see here. I love how these doofuses (doofi?) are to the point of boredom in their pithy little lives that they need to co-opt an Indian ritual. What, were they done piercing everything else? Someone cue the attention whore pic...
 
2007-02-10 1:39:36 PM  
interruptive_cow

I DNRT whole FA but this seems like a really effective way of getting all sorts of hepatitis.

As moronic as it seems to spend your free time hanging from steel hooks, these folks have nothing on your commitment to intellectual disengagement.
 
2007-02-10 1:40:53 PM  
It's a face that says, 'I am no longer on this Earth.' "

Dude, you never were...
 
2007-02-10 1:40:55 PM  
lelio

I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke.

I can't tell; was that an American Psycho reference?

/Excellent flick
//Should watch it while I'm stuck in bed with the flu
 
2007-02-10 1:41:02 PM  
chakalakasp

You seem to feel strongly on this issue. Were you meat-hooked as a child?
 
2007-02-10 1:47:21 PM  
NoblePatrick

Someone cue the attention whore pic...

Look up. Look waaaay up.

/obscure?
 
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