Body Modification: The Crucification of Sebastian Horsley (film)

Body Modification

Sebastian Horsley


I have occasionally been curious about body modification.  This undoubtedly comes from my own experience with body modification in the 1960s.  To be sure this has become a far more sophisticated art since I pierced my left earlobe at a gathering of the tribe in the mid-1960s. 



My only anesthetic was an advanced state of intoxication and, as I recall, I was trying to impress a young, blonde dancer with my desire to have an earring in the fashion of the time.  I already had hair to my shoulders and the next step had to be a piercing.  I found a large safety pin and began the piercing while sitting on the stairs as The Doors played “Light My Fire.”  

It hurt, and then stopped hurting.  I realized that ear lobe pain levels off at a certain point.  It was either the conduction capacity of the nerves or the effect of natural endorphins blocking the impulses.  Endorphins are natural opioids that produce analgesia and a euphoria.

This altered state of consciousness undoubtedly drives many contemporary modifiers to a higher plane.  Sebastian-Horsley, while not a body modifier in the contemporary sense, nevertheless had himself crucified (yes, with nails) in the Philippines for art and undoubtedly to follow a personal pilgrimage to enlightenment.

About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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2 Responses to Body Modification: The Crucification of Sebastian Horsley (film)

  1. …and thus the lamb of Art did save the sould of taste!

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