BMEzine

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BMEzine
BMEzine logo.png
Type of site
Online magazine
Available in English
Owner BMEzine.com, LLC
Created by Group
Website bmezine.com
Commercial Yes
Registration Not Required
Launched 1994
Current status Active

Body Modification Ezine (BME) is an online magazine devoted to body modification, noted for its coverage of the extreme and fringes of body modification and erotic body play.

An online magazine is a magazine published on the Internet, through bulletin board systems and other forms of public computer networks. One of the first magazines to convert from a print magazine format to being online only was the computer magazine Datamation.

Contents

History and content

BME was started as a web site hosted at Internex Online on December 6, 1994 by Shannon Larratt and was the first body modification website.[ citation needed ]

Internex Online, usually known as io.org, was the first consumer dial-up ISP in Canada, formed by the merger of r-node and zooid BBS, two Bulletin board system and Usenet/uucp systems, in early 1993. At its peak, it had about 10,000 customers, and was credited for leading in low cost access.

Shannon Larratt Canadian webmaster and body modification figure

Shannon Larratt was the creator, former editor and publisher of BMEzine, an online magazine noted for coverage of extreme body modifications. He published several books, including ModCon: The Secret World Of Extreme Body Modification. He was also an artist, computer programmer, film producer and business owner.

BME was expanded in 2000 by the addition of IAM.BMEzine, an online community, which hosts blogs specifically for members of the body-modification community.

An online community, also called an internet community or web community, is a virtual community whose members interact with each other primarily via the Internet. For many, online communities may feel like home, consisting of a "family of invisible friends". Those who wish to be a part of an online community usually have to become a member via a specific site and thereby gain access to specific content or links. An online community can act as an information system where members can post, comment on discussions, give advice or collaborate. Commonly, people communicate through social networking sites, chat rooms, forums, e-mail lists and discussion boards. People may also join online communities through video games, blogs and virtual worlds. The rise in popularity of Web 2.0 websites has allowed for easier real-time communication and ability to connect to others as well as producing new ways for information to be exchanged.

A blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic. In the 2010s, "multi-author blogs" (MABs) emerged, featuring the writing of multiple authors and sometimes professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other "microblogging" systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into the news media. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

In late 2005, BME added both a video sister site, BMEvideo and a body modification blog, Modblog.BMEzine.com.

The site often publishes hoax articles each year on April Fools' Day.

April Fools Day celebrated every year on the first day of April

April Fools' Day or April Fool's Day is an annual (primarily) Western celebration commemorated on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called April fools. People playing April Fool jokes often expose their prank by shouting "April fool(s)" at the unfortunate victim(s). Some newspapers, magazines and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in smaller letters. Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday in any country.

Both Shannon and Rachel Larratt have cameo appearances in the Kevin Smith feature Clerks II .[ citation needed ]

Kevin Smith American filmmaker

Kevin Patrick Smith is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, comic book writer, author, and podcaster. He came to prominence with the low-budget comedy film Clerks (1994), which he wrote, directed, co-produced, and acted in as the character Silent Bob of stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob. Jay and Silent Bob have appeared in Smith's follow-up films Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks 2, which were set primarily in his home state of New Jersey. While not strictly sequential, the films frequently featured crossover plot elements, character references, and a shared canon described by fans as the "View Askewniverse", named after his production company View Askew Productions, which he co-founded with Scott Mosier.

<i>Clerks II</i> 2006 American comedy film directed by Kevin Smith

Clerks II is a 2006 American comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, the sequel to his 1994 film Clerks, and his sixth feature film to be set in the View Askewniverse. The film stars Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson, Trevor Fehrman, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, Jason Mewes, and Smith, and picks up with the original characters from Clerks: Dante Hicks, Randal Graves and Jay and Silent Bob ten years after the events of the first film. Unlike the first film, which was shot in black-and-white, this film was shot in color.

On May 14, 2008 Shannon Larratt posted onto ModBlog that he would no longer be an employee of BME.

On March 15, 2013 it was announced that the founder of the site, Shannon Larratt, had died. [1]

BME BBQs

Patrons of the BME website and its IAM community have often gathered for barbecues where they can meet with one another. Historically, the largest of these BBQs, known as BMEFest, [2] were held in or around Toronto, Ontario and generally on Canada Day with hundreds of participants. The festivities of BMEFest almost always include suspensions, fireworks, grilled food both vegan and otherwise, and there is usually a commemorative T-shirt for each event. It is generally free to attend but it is encouraged to sign up ahead of time and may be exclusive to a private group. [3]

Censorship

The BME site is blocked by many Internet filtering services intended to protect children (and workplaces), for reasons such as nudity, torture, and other adult content. It was banned by Germany's Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien in 1999 as a "danger to the youth" because BME did not include age verification or an entrance page warning users of potential adult content. [4] In December 2005, the German agency forced Google to remove the site from search results returned by www.google.de. [5]

Shannon Larratt writes in Zentastic.com: [5]

When Germany came after BME for "endangering the youth" and demanded that I make changes to the site to comply with German law, my response was to simply not visit Germany again (and I'm a German citizen). When the US started to pressure us, we moved all of our servers and presence out of the country and backed off on plans to live in the US. No changes were ever made to the site, and no images were ever removed — if anything, the pressure made me push those areas even more.

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Eyebrow piercing

An eyebrow piercing is a vertical surface piercing, wherein a twelve to eighteen gauge cannula needle is inserted through the bottom of the eyebrow and exits through the top of the eyebrow to permit insertion of jewellery. Those performing the piercing may use a pennington clamp to better guide the needle through the skin. A curved barbell is the most common jewellery inserted post-piercing.

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Transdermal implant

Transdermal implants is a form of body modification used both in a medical and aesthetic context. In either case, they consist of an object placed partially below and partially above the skin, thus transdermal. The skin around it generally heals as if it were a piercing.

Subdermal implant

A subdermal implant refers to a body modification that is placed underneath the skin, therefore allowing the body to heal over the implant and creating a raised design. Such implants fall under the broad category of body modification. Many subdermal implants are made out of silicone, either carved or mold injected. Many people who have subdermal implants use them in conjunction with other types of body modification to create a desired, dramatic effect. This process is also known as a 3-D implant, or pocketing.

Ear piercing instrument

An ear piercing instrument is a device designed to pierce earlobes by driving a pointed starter earring through the lobe. Piercing guns may be reusable or disposable. Piercing guns are typically used in mall jewelry shops.

The Lizardman American sideshow performer

Erik Sprague, better known as The Lizardman, is an American freak show and sideshow performer, best known for his body modification, including his sharpened teeth, full-body tattoo of green scales, bifurcated tongue, subdermal implants and recently, green-inked lips. Rumors that he hoped to get a tail transplant have been debunked by Erik himself, who states that it would be impossible.

Guiche piercing

A guiche piercing is a body piercing on the perineum. Guiche piercings are much more common in men than in women. Although a guiche normally runs perpendicular to the direction of the penis, lateral placements are possible. A series of guiche piercings in parallel to the direction of the penis is called a guiche ladder, and might commonly be seen as an extension of a frenum ladder.

Stalking Cat American man who was best known for extensive body modifications

Stalking Cat was an American man known for his extensive body modifications, which were intended to increase his resemblance to a tigress. For his 14 surgical procedures towards that goal, he held a world record for "most permanent transformations to look like an animal." The name "Stalking Cat" was his spiritual name.

Mod The Sims

Mod The Sims is a Sims online community founded by Stuart Stanfield (Delphy) in May 2004. MTS focuses on custom content for The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4, most notably game modifications. Tutorials on how to make the aforementioned modifications are also hosted on the same site, along with forums devoted to game and modification help as well as general discussion. The site runs on vBulletin 3.0.14, with certain modifications. Stanfield previously created "Mod the Singles", a forum-based site for hosting and encouraging modification of the game Singles: Flirt Up Your Life.

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BME may refer to:

Clitoral enlargement methods are forms of body modification that have the potential to enhance the size of the clitoris and increase sexual pleasure. Clitoral enlargement can be accomplished through a variety of means, each having certain side effects and risks.

Lip sewing or mouth sewing, the operation of stitching together human lips, is a form of body modification. It may be carried out for aesthetic or religious reasons; as a play piercing practice; or as a form of protest.

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Scleral tattooing

Scleral tattooing is the practice of tattooing the sclera, or white part of the human eye. The dye is not injected into the tissue, but between two layers of the eye, where it spreads out over a large area. The process is not common. Some procedures have caused loss of vision, severe permanent pain, and loss of the eye.

Laratt is a surname, and may refer to:

References

  1. "RIP Shannon Larratt 1973-2013". News.bme.com. March 15, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  2. "BMEFest at BME Encyclopedia". Wiki.bmezine.com. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  3. "BME Events Calendar". Iam.bmezine.com. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  4. "Germany Hates BME?". News.bmezine.com. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  5. 1 2 Zentastic.com Archived May 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine .