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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Reuters) - Tony Troiano grimaced as he was lifted off the floor by giant fishhooks pierced through the skin on his shoulders.

    Within minutes, he started to spin, swing his feet and declare the painful experience "the greatest thing" ever.

    "I was on Cloud Nine," the Wethersfield, Connecticut teenager said as he joined fellow body suspension practitioners at an annual convention over the weekend. "It was euphoric. It was spiritual. I'd do it again today if I wasn't so sore."

    From tentative first-timers to the well practiced, more than a hundred aficionados celebrated their passion for body suspension at the three-day gathering, held in an old textile mill in Providence, Rhode Island.

    To hang cost $100; just to watch cost $15 at what many say is the best such gathering for the hundreds, if not thousands, of people they estimate practice suspension across America.

    "Ever stand up too fast and feel like you're about to pass out?" said Dave Post, of Albany, New York explaining why he liked hanging from hooks. "It's like you're stuck at that point."

    The practice requires three-inch (7.6-cm) steel deep sea fishing hooks freshly inserted under the skin for each suspension.

    A basic "suicide" hang uses hooks in the back, a chest suspension requires hooks in front, a knee suspension puts the body upside down, and the "Superman" pose

    requires hooks along the back and upper thighs. The hooks are attached to ropes, and pulleys slowly lift the body off the floor.

    Some people spin like acrobats, some play like children on a swing and others hang solemnly. Some giggle, some cry.

    "Some people have a spiritual experience, some people just have fun and some people don't like it and come right down," said Mike Giossi, a local mechanic and fan of the practice.

    Jess Robins, a student from Canada, hung almost motionless from hooks inserted through the tops of her breasts.

    Blood poured down her belly, and her legs trembled.

    Nearby, two men played a game of tug-of-war, pulling at each other with wire cables attached through their elbows.

    "When I first got off the ground, I never felt pain like that in my life. But afterward, I was just filled with empowerment," said Giossi. "I've never been happier than when I came down."

    SEARCH FOR INTENSITY?

    Practitioners may seek the power and intensity suspension offers, said Karen Conterio, co-author of "Bodily Harm," a book about self-mutilation. Suspension also could be a rite of passage.

    "It's a conquest of some sort. People are pushing the envelope more and more to attain some kind of separation and identification from society, and this is one way of doing it," she said. "Most people who probably are pretty healthy are not going to go to that extreme."

    Many practitioners say suspension is somehow therapeutic.

    "Look at his face. He's so serene," said Rosemary Curtis, watching her boyfriend swing slowly in the "Superman" pose. "We've had some really rough times this year, and he needed this really bad."

    Not everyone was convinced. Colin Vanalstine watched but was not about to try it. "I'm afraid of needles," he said.

    For such an off-beat practice, the convention is remarkably well-run, with sanitary precautions, surgical tools and almost military efficiency in preparing people for their suspension.

    Some hang for a few minutes, others for an hour or more.

    The biggest danger is cross-contamination, organizers said, due to so much open flesh and blood. Other dangers involve people passing out or suffering seizures, they said.

    "The first couple of times, I didn't enjoy it," said Canadian Warren Hiller. "The first time I blacked out, and one time I was convulsing. But the third time I got better. I wasn't blacking out anymore."

    It's not masochism, said Allen Falkner of Dallas, who has practiced suspension for 13 years. "Suspension is not about pain, it's about getting past the pain."

    Advocates say suspension has been practiced since ancient times in many societies.

    "It's searching for answers, trying new things," Hiller said. "You can only get pierced and tattooed so many times."

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    Good Lord that makes me cringe just looking at those photos. Why someone would do that and get pleasure out of it, I will probably never understand??!!

    "It's searching for answers, trying new things," Hiller said.
    -What kind of questions are people asking at these things that make people want to embed fish hooks in their bodies??
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    I know I'm hooked on that....

    ba-dump-bump.

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    That is some messed up stuff.
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    "Hooks in you, hooks in me, hooks in the ceiling for that well hung feeling'
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    Hey, how's it hangin'?
    A little more volume in the headphones please.

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    Some people are just fucked up.

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    Think that's f#*'d up? Check out this site!

    http://www.bmezine.com/pierce/bme-pirc.html

    Go to the "male" section if you dare!
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    Jess Robins concentrates as hooks through her upper chest are used to hang her

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300
    If they want pain then why not join the Marines?
    Because it's all about THEM, not about helping out others...

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    Good God Voivod, I didn't need to see that

    I will never understand why people like doing that to themselves...
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    I used to work with a chick who actually went to a "showing" of that type of stuff.....crazy.

    BTW voivod that last pic you posted almost made me pass out :WTF:

 

 

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