Modified Mind's own contributing writer Jess Taylor recently attended AGRO's SuperPull in Houston with camera in hand. Here, she shares her thoughts on the experience along with some pictures from the event.
This year I attended one of the only Superbowl Sunday parties around, where no one was even watching the game, but I know I can’t think of a group of people I would rather not watch football with than my fellow suspension enthusiasts. The reason for the lack of Steelers and company, was that it wasn’t a Superbowl party at all. I skipped the kickoff and pigskins and attended SuperPull.
Houston area suspension group AGRO (Anti Gravity Relaxation Organization) held the event. There was fun, friends, and hooks, which we all know are what make a successful get together! Founder Rick Pierceall and his highly trained friends really know how to throw a party in the park.
Honestly, AGRO is a very interesting entity in itself, A group of like minded, intelligent, and respectful individuals generally meeting in a semi-public forum for the sole purpose of “hanging out” (or pulling) so to speak.
I arrived at the park in North Houston about an hour late and was relieved that the main event hadn’t begun yet, and everyone was still socializing. I greeted the people I knew and even met a few new people who, like myself, were “virgins” to taking hooks.
The park was beautiful and the weather was accommodating. This was to be an interesting event for certain, the planned main event being a 24 person pull, followed by several suspensions from a nearby tree.
Shortly after my arrival, the paperwork for all participants began. My original plan was to take photos and write a review of the event, but when all participants were accounted for we were still one person short of goal. That being said, when you’re just one person short of a 24 person pull, it isn’t very difficult for your most respected peers to talk you into doing something that you’ve really been wanting to do anyway.
That decided, it was time to cycle through an assembly line of sorts. This particular event had separate piercing areas divided by gender, both manned by some of the area's most skilled and qualified piercers. I was one of the last to get my hooks, but I enjoyed watching everyone else - the chance to watch facial expressions and reactions destroyed my small fear immediately.
I began at the Women's table, where some lovely ladies carefully cleaned and marked my back before the piercing. I was pleased to have 2 great piercers working on me, some piercers had already begun to pull. My piercers were the lovely Spaz, and Mike, who had come from the Boy's side to assist in the final piercings. They did the piercings simultaneously, and before I knew it, the hooks were in place. I was pleasantly surprised that the entire process hurt about as much as a surface piercing, which I have much more experience with.
After my hooks were in place, I proceeded over to Morgan, who attached my paracords and snaphook, adjusted my hooks and I was happily off to find a pull partner. As soon as I had found a partner, it was immediately time for the big pull, so much for a practice run! I found a spot on the hub, attached my snaphook and slowly began to walk away. I could feel the hooks reposition, and it felt so strangely different in an amazingly good way. I had assumed some part of this would have a sharp or even dull pain associated with it, but can honestly say I only experienced a slight discomfort for a matter of seconds that quickly passed.
After disconnecting from the hub, I returned to Spaz at the Women's table to have my hooks removed. She removed the hooks, cleaned the area, and gave me advice for how to care for the wounds. I stuck around to watch a couple suspensions, and overall just had a great time with the entertainment and the great company, I never even found out who won the SuperBowl. I left SuperPull happy, and felt a little more accomplished. I just can’t wait until it comes time to string me up!
Text & Images by Modified Mind Contributing Writer Jess Taylor ([email protected])