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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon March 28, 2011
A reviewer below calls this dated. Well, it's 22 years old! I bought it when it first came out and had to hide it from the kids due to some of the photos of rather extreme body modifications-- now those kids are grown, and the world they inhabit contains millions of examples of what was rare and shocking in its day. Facial tattoos, multiple piercings, all manner of body mods: they're an everyday experience now. Look at this as an intriguing snapshot of a counterculture in its infancy, before there were tattoo parlors in every town and a third of the US population sported ink.

Warning: some of this is not for the faint of heart. The section on genital mods is still pretty hard to look at....

"Dated," perhaps. But still fascinating.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This has several excellent articles by the master of the Modern Primatives (Fakir) detailing rituals and works over a very long period of time throughout his life, as well as several others at the forefront of the scene and some relatively unknowns too. This book definitely takes a more serious approach to the philosophy and work of the movement beyond just a dinky tattoo or piercing, and talking about body modification and discipline which are absolutely more relevant, interesting and visually complex.

Re-search is a great source for any subject that it is on, and to get these for like 5$ is a bargain of demonic proportions.
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on August 9, 2013
There are two books that changed my life from the Re/Search series of the late 1980s and early 1990s: this and their book on Pranks (volume 1). Among my friends this book was one of most widely discussed as it brought to light practices that no one had ever thought of or considered at the time. This was pre-Internet and almost a quarter century ago. To have these practices not only represented but discussed by practitioners who were well informed and thoughtful changed an entire generation's outlook on body modification. Especially important are the interviews. To have them all in one place made us rethink what these practices were about and helps us explain why they have become so popular with so many people. Anyone who is interested in body modification would do well to read this at least once.
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on August 12, 2013
I purchased this book as a reference for a novel I'm working on. I found the information inside very useful and interesting.
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on March 11, 2015
a fascinating read
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2010
Re-Search took an in depth view into the lives of their subjects. Told by the people themselves as well as the fans. It approches it's subjects with an open mind and no judgement. This statement is for all of the books put out by Re-Search.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2010
Like most of Re/Search's output, this is largely interviews with a bunch of attention hungry self-promoters that has not dated terribly well because most of the subjects were simply not that interesting. The only appeal this work retains is the unintentional humor of so many people taking their hobby so seriously because it was so "underground": now that you can buy "body modification": magazines at Safeway and Ralph's, the "cutting-edge" cachet is missing and what's left? Nothing much.
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