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I recently shared the story of how the ModCon events came to be with the promise to chronicle the other events in time. That’s still on my to-do list, but today we’re going to talk a little about the ScarWars events; how they started and their connection to ModCon.

ScarWars One happened in May of 2005 in Philadelphia, PA with seven of the world’s leading scarification artists working and attending, but it’s roots go back to 2004 at the ModCon4 event in Toronto, Ontario where a guest named Chris and his then wife Danielle asked about doing a collaborative cutting/branding piece with all of the attending artists using different techniques to make a wholly unique scar. Brands, cutting and flesh removal all on the same client. At the time it was unheard of, and as I watched Blair, Ryan, Danielle and I believe Brian work on it, I realized that we had reached uncharted territory.

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Have we ever considered designating May as ‘International Scarification Month”?
Going back to 2005, May was the month that I hosted the first organized gathering of Scarification professionals in the world under the banner of ‘Scarwars‘ and eight years later my old friend Ron Garza is hosting ScarCon this weekend in London. I’m sure the two things are just a coincidence, but it’s worth looking into. I mean, right now the only thing we really have to compete with is National Masturbation Month.

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One of the artists who attended all three Scarwars events was NYC’s multi-talented Brian Decker of Pure Body Arts, who did this amazing cut/cautery hybrid scarification.

From Brian:

Since thighs don’t typically scar that well, I made sure to keep the main parts bold, and am hoping the burning will do more damage to the tissue than superficial removal. We’ll see…..

It’s super important to go into a cutting/branding piece knowing that the results can be unpredictable, with technique, healing method, genetics and just plain luck factored in. Some folks may want the reassurance of knowing exactly how a modification will heal, but as Mr. Decker says: “We’ll see.”
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The beauty of scarification is that the end result can never be fully predicted. Sure you can get an idea of what a scar is going to look like if you have scars already, but even then there are so many variables that can affect healing. Sometimes you’ll get a scar that is perfectly defined and with the colouration you were hoping for. Other times your body just says, “hey, this is how I’m going to heal this scar, deal with it”. The reason I’m bringing this up is based off of IAM:Polareyez‘ comment on the latest photo of her snail scar. To give you a bit of backstory, the scar (which is actually a combination cutting/branding by Brian Decker), started out as all scars do, as an open wound.

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A few months later, it was well into the healing process and was turning a pale pink colour.

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And now here we are today, 10 months since the initial cutting and as you can see, it’s lightened up even more.

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You may need to move your monitor around to see it, but it’s there. What’s worth noting is that even though this isn’t the exact colouration that Polareyez was going for, the details Brian put into the scar are still well defined. I’d even go so far to say that it’s looking a lot better than it did several months ago, if only for the consistent colour. Fans of pale scars will certainly appreciate this scar. As I mentioned earlier, scarification isn’t something that can be predicted with 100% accuracy, but that shouldn’t discourage you from committing to a scar if that’s the modification you’re looking to get. You never know, you may end up with something that surpasses your expectations.

Shannon posted a beautiful scar by Brian earlier today, so I thought it’d be a good time to show off this set of implants that he did. Normally we see collarbone implants put in horizontally, so this vertical pattern is a nice change. It also makes his chest appear to be more angular, as your eye fills in the spaces between the lines.

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Brian Decker ( who did this scarification, admits that he didn’t know what a Leafy Sea Dragon was before doing the cutting, so I think I’ll use this as an excuse to tell you because it’s really a remarkable creature. It’s very much like a sea horse, which is a type of sea horse that hides with it’s extreme anatomical camouflage, drifting peacefully among plants that it looks very much like. It moves using two tiny and almost transparent fins, one on its neck and one near the tail, with the rest waving in the breeze as if they were vegetation. To survive it sucks up tiny shrimp, plankton, and larval fish through its anteater-like snout. It’s flamboyant yet serene body makes it a perfect image to capture in body art. I got to see them in person at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium when Barry of Anatometal took us, if memory serves, and they’re quite wonderful.

Above the scar by Brian, and below, the amazing lifeform it mimics.

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At this point in my life there are not too many “extreme body mods” that I actively consider getting. For instance, scarification doesn’t hold up well on me, transdermals had to be cut out of my head and eyeball tattooing simply freaks me the hell out. However, the one “extreme mod” I still could see myself getting is a new subdermal implant. I LOVE the little ear flat implants for instance. I am also planning on swapping out my old school titanium circular barbell implant in my hand for a newfangled silicone one of identical shape and size. My left had used to have a Titanium cbr until months later I caught a bad case of cellulitis in the hand, freaked out and cut that bastard out! Had I known then, what I know now I would have just taken some cephlex and bada bing, it would have been better. Anyhow, I am currently lasering off the tattoo on the hand and that has me thinking I’d like to do a detailed silicone implant on that hand then tattoo over it.

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This lotus implant. done by the only man I’d trust to do such a thing on me personally, XPureX, has been under the skin for two years and looks absolutely awesome! It definitely has gotten my creative juices flowing and it has helped to respark my interest in getting a new one myself!

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“As alotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world”
-Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism

Since today is Brian Decker‘s birthday, and he’s one of the biggest contributors to The Friday Follow-up, this week’s post is just for him.

So from all of us here at BME… Happy Birthday Brian!

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Oh and what the heck, here’s one of the scars he did back in November. Hopefully it’ll remind him to send in more healed photos.

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Why a massive 7 hour scar and ink rubbing by Brian Decker and Christiane from Pinpoint in Oslo, Norway.

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Brian and Christiane did this at Brian’s studio, PURE in Brooklyn.

We’re all the same.

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Scar by Brian Decker.

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Scarification - WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES View Full Caption WILLIAMSBURG — Body art may only go skin deep, but one particular form of it is cutting the deepest.. Scarification — the intentional, artful slicing of one’s skin in ornate designs — is an increasingly popular form of body modification that has its home in, yes, you guessed it, Brooklyn.. He has noticed its popularity increasing over the past few years.. The results of what were coming out were not as nice as they could be now, just based on techniques and aftercare,” he explained.. Decker explained that he gets all walks of life coming in for artistic scars.. "It’s actually actively excluded from the definition of non-suicidal self-injury because we have in there 'for purposes not socially sanctioned.'. "Having said that, in the studies that we have that include piercing and tattooing, it’s pretty clear that for a lot of people, certainly not everybody...there is a subset of people for whom these a self-injury component," Whitlock explained.. "People who create scars on themselves as self-harm rarely think about or want the scars themselves.. It's the sensation they feel while creating the wounds that satisfies them.. "I would never scar someone who was only interested in the feeling they got from being cut.". Once a design is put on the skin using thermopaper, the design is lightly scratched with a scalpel to open the skin.. The artist then goes back in and widens the lines with the scalpel.. “You’re cutting away from the center of the wound to widen it by severing the connective tissue that’s around the wound without having to cut deeper,” Decker explained.. "I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a wave of people who do a lot more scarification if only because that’s the thing that socially seems to happen," she said.

Brian Decker, County District Attorney – Candidate Interview By Kristen Accardi, WCD Communications Team volunteer WCD: What inspired you to run for District Attorney? BD: Well I've been a lawyer

BD: Well I’ve been a lawyer working in the criminal justice system for around a decade now.. What I’ve seen in Washington County is yes, we have treatment programs and yes, people who are in the criminal justice system can eventually get access to those treatment programs, but only if the District Attorney is willing to divert them from jail into those programs, or divert them from the prison sentence that is presumptive, or in some cases even mandatory, based on what a person was charged with.. WCD: I think when a lot of people think of the District Attorney’s office, they just think of prosecutors, and do not realize the role the DA’s office can play in helping with crime prevention or victims of crimes.. The District Attorney is the most important position in the criminal justice system.. When you look at the 9000 criminal cases that come through Washington County courts every year, the District Attorney is the one who decides what crimes are going to be charged, who is going to be charged, what plea bargains they’re going to offer, what sentences they’re going to recommend.. That formal role that the District Attorney plays fits into a bigger picture of collaboration with other government officials with community based organizations to hold together this network that can promote real safety in the community, and a real sense of justice and the values that we share in our community.. These kind of tactics, this commitment to winning no matter whose rights are getting trampled, ought to be disqualifying for a District Attorney in Washington County, for a District Attorney in the most diverse county in Oregon.

Brian Decker is the director of player development, but his approach is far from what an NFL team is used to

Decker may very well be one of the most interesting men in the NFL, a former Green Beret from the U.S. Special Forces unit who successfully catapulted a 22-year career in the military into a job in professional football.. Decker, 47, is taking a model he developed late in his time with the military and applying it to the talent acquisition and developmental arm of an NFL team.. “He’s a difference-maker, and as more time passes, more teams in the NFL will be trying to find their own version of Brian Decker.”. After Lombardi and the Browns coaches met Decker at Fort Bragg, they asked him up to training camp later that summer, and that’s where he met Banner for the first time.. There, Decker told the team’s CEO about what he’d done with the Green Berets, about reverse engineering more than 500 course failures, revamping a tired selection process and watching their success rate climb by as much as 30 percent.. Lombardi took a job working with the Patriots after his exit in Cleveland, and pitched Decker to Bill Belichick, who sat and talked with Decker for hours in the bleachers at Lucas Oil Stadium the following winter at the NFL Combine.. Decker received calls from executives in all four major leagues: the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball.. He’d hinted to Decker that if he ever got a shot to run his own team, he wanted Decker in the building.. Decker has helped the Colts map out a strategic document the team uses in player evaluations that tracks those hard-to-define metrics they’re after – metrics he won’t reveal.. “Chris is trying to take information in time period 0, and predict information in time periods 1, 2 and 3 – where a player is going to be (as his career unfolds),” Decker explains.. On the heels of the Colts’ draft success in ’18, and Decker’s impact throughout the building, Ballard promoted him from player personnel strategist to director of player development last spring.


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