What advances in body modification would you like to see occur in the future?
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Jason Sand--retired staff member of BME's QOD. Interviewed on Modified Times, BME, & BMERadio.

I think having plastic surgeons open their doors to more radical operations. I would like to see all desired types of facial reconstruction, body sculpting and augmentation become more easily accessible to the community. If you're wanting to get something fairly extensive and complicated, you are often as not hindered to finding someone in another country, or working out of a hotel to do what it is you are looking for.

Prices of plastic surgeons. Aside from ethical constraints, one thing that limits people the most in the pursuit of their modification wants is the astronomical prices. While there is no price for perfection, making the prices a bit more reasonable may help people get quality work by quality surgeons.

I would also like to see more implant work integrated to fit the body. What Jesse Jarrell is working on now is just a start on this process. Finding ways to pad implanted materials from hurting when struck against a hard surface. The use of silicone seems to be a key in this. Maybe using shaped teflon with a silicone covering.

I'd also like to see the use of coral and its possibilities for transdermal implants. I think most of this is fairly conceivable for the nearish future. With the way we are advancing now, I don't see any of this that far off beyond plastic surgeons opening their doors.

Frances Sand--retired staff member of BME's QOD. Interviewed on both Modified Times and BMERadio.

Frances decided not to respond to this question.

Greg Morgan--moderator of the BME mailing list, photographer for Modified Times. Featured in BME/Art.

Well I would like to answer this on 2 fronts if I may:

1. The International Front: Acceptance. The major advance I would like to see is a form of acceptance, not just by the mainstream society of the modded community, but of the modded community towards itself. I am shocked and disgusted by what I see, the inability to view what others do for what it is, not what we see it to be. There are no real differences between us and the mainstream of society, except that we have challenged what we have been told to be "normal" and done something about it.

Regardless of how we see ourselves, we are a part of the mainstream society one way or the other, and we have to accept their practices/rules, just like we wish them to accept ours. But it is hard to show a united front, when we spend time bickering amongst ourselves, over what is 'true' and what is 'lame'. Everyone has their reasons for doing what they do, I cannot say that I fully understand why, or agree with them, but I respect them for what they are. Individual choices, in a society ruled by group mentality.

2. The Australian Front: This is a bit tougher to answer. The advances that I would like to see from an Aussie standpoint..? The first and foremost would be the establishment of a set of guidelines/rules for the piercing industry. I am starting to see the rise of 'piercing' shops again, none of which I would call responsible or trustworthy. It is a shame to say this, but the industry down-under suffers a lot due to this. There are so many 'piercers' out there at the moment, that it is has become almost as prolific as 'web designers'. A set of regulations needs to be put in place, to help filter out the crap. I am not stating that regulation is the only answer, because it is not, but this will help to build a stronger base for the industry, and a better public profile.

The only other thing I would like to see advanced, and this may be a purely personal statement, is the international system of jewellery sizing. Many times, on either the phone, msn, IM, etc. I have been involved in twisted discussion revolving around gauges one side, imperial another, and finally metric on my end. This leads to major cock-ups on estimations of cost, weight, etc. As I said, it is only a small, but valid, point. Regulation of jewellery sizing needs to be done, along with regulation of jewellery quality, which needs to be enforced.

All the above points, I believe, will grow to make our community a stronger one, both for ourselves, and others opinions of us. I can hear the rumblings now. "Fuck the mainstream" "Fuck what they think of us!" This is an attitude that we can not bear to maintain, for we are all a part of a society, which has inherent rules, regulations, standards, etc. and the best way to change those, is from the inside out, not from the outside in.

P7--mod enthusiast, assisted in Loco interview for Modified Times.

1) Acceptance: All too many times people are "put down" because they choose body modifications. And if that isnt enough, the media does its own "put down" as well. How many times have ads been run using people with piercings/tats as people that are bad? And does this make it any easier for people with mods to be accepted? No way in H,E, double toothpick:)

2) Creativity: In some cases, I feel that the bod mod world has become "stagnant" with the things done anymore. Don't get me wrong, new things might be happenning, but there are not as many "innovations". It may be that I may not be as knowlegable as most, or I just haven't found the right people that are trying to explore new ides.

3) Suspensions: I would like to see more (and hopefully participate) in a suspension. I have been interested in this for a long time and would like to get suspensions more recognized. I believe that much can be learned from a suspension, be it spiritually, and maybe even scientifically

Helen Lewis--young mod enthusiast, staff member of Modified Times.

The advance in body modification I'd most like to see is the continuing development of subdermal and transdermal implants. I think this area has a lot of potential for expansion, and thanks to the fact that there are some truly gifted people working in this field, the next few years should be very interesting.

It would also be amazing if the body modification industry became better regulated. Instead of taking away freedom, I think this would allow genuine artists to receive recognition and acceptance for their skills, and prevent the reputation of the industry as a whole being degraded by a minority of "cowboy" operators.

Bryan Walker--staff member of Modified Times. Featured in ear scalpelling video on BME.

Acceptance: I know it's a long shot, but people need to be accepting of all forms of body modification if they're willing to perform even the most basic of procedures. I've come across too many piercers and tattooists that say I'm an idiot for tattooing my face, that my friends are stupid for getting implants, and that people I know should be institutionalized for their choices in surgical mods. It's very disturbing to me to see someone think that a tongue piercing is perfectly normal, but an ampallang is out of the question.

Implants: I'd like to see implants go further than what is currently possible. This may be a bias opinion, but I think that more people than just myself could easily benefit from this. At the moment, designs are very limited and most implants cause pain when bumped. I've talked briefly with Jesse Jarrell about trying carved silicone made into 3D designs for implants. It looks like this has some promise.

Surgical mods: At the moment, the only way to get surgical mods is to do them yourself (or have a close friend do it), find some underground person to do them for you, or fly to another country to get the work done. I'd like to see these mods become more accessable to those that truly desire them. I don't know how many times I've had that one week off I need to get something on a good road to healing and said "I want to get my subincision done, but I can't afford that AND plane tickets."

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