You're probably wrong about the Church of Body Modification. They're not a bunch of human pincushions getting together, showing off their latest sweet tats and raving about the newest Lamb of God album. They're not suspending their bodies from hooks in their flesh for shock value. Instead, the Church of Body Modification is exactly that: a church, a religion, and nothing they do is without reason.
Nobody knows this better than David Hahn, board member of the Church of Body Modification. He grew up in a military family, graduated from University of California in Santa Barbara... oh, and participated in a four-and-a-half hour flesh removal ceremony on his right calf and “numerous ritual cuttings and scarifications” by his count. Aside from being a Minister in the Church since 2008, he's also a Wiccan High Priest in the Majestic Tradition, collects board games, and does a little beach combing now and then. Here's this modern day mystic dropping knowledge on misconceptions, intentions, and why “decorating your temple” isn't all about the pain when it comes to body modification.
David Hahn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.