Maybe it's part of the winter blues, but everyone around me seems to be fiending for a new mod lately. Some have already succumbed, emptying their bank accounts of the money that's supposed to go towards X-mas gifts and funneling it into the burgeoning body modification industry (everybody wins!). Others simply swoon when they see new ink or a glimmering microdermal on a lucky fellow modder, subtlely hinting to friends and younger relatives that mods are topping their wish list this year. Personally, I'm struggling to keep from driving home and taking a train into NYC for some metalwork by Mr. Brian Decker, and only succeeding in doing so because my bank account is depressingly low. Ah how I miss my surface piercings. Thank goodness I still have six other piercings to admire while I await the financial benefits of having a birthday that's 4 days after Christmas.
As a result of not being used to having so few piercings at one time, I think I definitely pay more attention to the ones I do have. This mindfulness has recently led me to an interesting realization: I consider my mods a form of protection. I know that may sound odd, but hear me out. It's not that I think my mods can literally save me from every dangerous situation I encounter, but I feel as if they make me feel less intimidated by people I might normally be scared to walk by alone at night. It might just be my bod-mod bias at work here, but I think deviant (looking) individuals respect nonconformism in all its forms, including visible mods. Whether this assessment is true or not, I don't know, but I would sure feel better about encountering someone sketchy-looking if my septum ring were down (i.e. visible). As corny as it sounds, I feel like mods scream, "I'm down, I'm tough, Fuck the Man." I've never asked any modded friends if they've experienced this feeling as well, so if you're reading this and can relate, please let me know!
I'm currently praying for BME and Modblog to get back on track after their recent takeover, but in the meantime I'm definitely enjoying reading Shannon's BodyTwo blog posts. Check it out if you haven't yet had the pleasure.
That's all for tonight - I'll be in touch whenever I snatch enough time to write another bloggerini :o)