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ModCon: The Secret World Of Extreme Body Modification Paperback – March 18, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: BMEbooks (March 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973008008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973008005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,031,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Porter on April 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I admit it. I'm biased. In 1998 I helped create MODCON with Shannon. Pictures of my grinning mug appear in this volume. Friends of mine appear throughout. Me telling you it's a "must own" is, if I may be honest, about as ethical as me telling you to buy me a monkey. But here goes: If you are interested in surgical body modifications- YOU MUST OWN THIS BOOK.

Of the 100 or so books in my library dealing with Body Art and Body Modification, this one captures the "who/what/where/why and how" more than any other. It also shows you real people doing extraordinary things to themselves (and to others).

It's intention isn't to shock you. (which it will)
It's intention isn't to scare you. (which it might)
It's intention is to educate you. (which it does)
It's intention is to excite you. (which it does)

I do have to mention that is features VERY explicit photographs of sometimes bloody surgical procedures. It features nudity. Its features anatomical... specimens.

But hey- you weren't looking for a Church Hymnal, were ya?

If you even have the slightest interest in the possibility of transcendence via unconventional surgery- I will repeat- BUY THIS BOOK.

And while you are in a spending mood- why don't you buy me that monkey I was telling you about earlier?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Cook on July 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
Anyone who isn't actively involved with (either practicing, getting or wanting) the HEAVY body mod scene definitely shouldn't buy, read or look at this book.
It documents hard modifications such as tongue splitting, 3d/transdermal implants, subincisions, penectomies, glansectomies, scarificaion, etc.
The book has alot of photographs and articles on the subjects listed and is a great book to have for anyone interested, however the articles are seriously lacking perosnal experiences in some cases. The book is definitely not worth the nearly $200 listed above. I got mine from bmeshop.com for $29.99
There is a DVD (that I have) that accompanies this book (also sold at bmevideo.com) that documents hardcore procedures at the actual ModCon.
ModCon2 book also in the works.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rae Schwarz on November 15, 2002
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If you've read the Re/Search volume MODERN PRIMITIVES and ever wondered where everyone was going to go from there, this is the book. If you think everyone now has a tattoo or a piercing, ask yourself how many people do you know with a branding or cutting? Do any of your friends have implants? Do you think your body might be improved by amputation? This is area of the world where MODCON takes the reader.
ModCon, a private convention/gathering of extreme body art enthusiasts and artists, is documented in this volume of interviews and pictures, with some material coming from the author's private collection. You will see implants, surgical alterations and every form of permanent skin art, all modifications and changes made at the wishes of the wearer. The pictures are highly-detailed, full-color and sometimes disturbingly graphic in their medical nature.
As a person who has collected body art for almost twenty years now, I have seen a lot of unique people. I bought this book because it went beyond anything I have seen before. The interviews reveal an incredible array of focus and desire when it comes to why everyone is doing these things, as well as varying, and sometimes scary, degrees of will to carry out the mental vision for the physical body. If you want a book that will confront you with questions and shake up your perceptions about humans and how they view and use their bodies, this is one of the ones. Collectors of "the extreme" should also take note.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dalg on June 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is peep into the world of extreme body modification. It goes well beyond tattooing and piercing that most people are familiar with and provides (plenty of) photos, and interviews with the people who practice these forms of modification (implants for exaple).
The book really is fascinating. There are mods that you may have heard of, and thought why would anyone do that? Well the interviews in this book give and insight into the reasons behind the mods. And anyone who thinks that body modification is a symptom of a sick mind, could do a lot lot worse than read the exceptionally well easoned arguments for why these people do what tehy do to their bodies.
I've said it once, and I'll say it again, this is a fascinating book that you will genuinely find hard to put down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heather on July 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the probably the only book on extreme body modification out there, and it does a wonderful job. "Modcon" is filled with pictures of surgical procedures, many unqiue modifications and others who are involved in the community. The book has tons of wonderful photos (colour and black + white) and interesting interviews. The book might disturb or disgust some readers, but the book is set up in a way that shows it doesn't intent to do that.
This book can be both personally enjoyable and academically fascinating. If you have an interest in body modification, sociology, anthropology and/or subcultures, there is something in this book that will interest you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cookbook junkie on March 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
I had always been a fan of body modification since buying my first copy of Modern Primitives 13 years ago. Shannon Larratt really takes the reader into this secret world and shows the people behind the modifications and their stories. These stories, interviews and beautiful photography will really make this book a body modification "classic" alongside Modern Primitives.
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