So I was at Folsom Europe last year, and while waiting for my buddies to come down from their hotel room I was sitting talking to this fascinating guy outside of the Boxer store on Eisenacher Straße these two fellows walked up to us, explained that they were filming a documentary on the Folsom festivities with a focus on extreme body modification, and would it be okay if they took a few moments of video of the two of us.
We saw no reason why not, so they held the camera as we continued our conversation, said Danke, and moved on.
Later in the day at the fair itself, I was aware of them particularly focused on a spectacularly blue-eyed fellow with an engorged set of genitalia inside a custom codpiece, and figured that must be what they were talking about when they spoke of “extreme body modification”. Cool, right?
Here’s the excerpt from the really rather fascinating documentary. My appearance is a quick flash at about 1:25 …in a sequence of people presumably “laughing” at this fellow’s extraordinary equippage.
Just for the record, when that footage was taken, the fellow who’s the focus of the documentary is nowhere nearby. And, even having noted him, I’m the last person to laugh at anyone with the balls to undertake such a physical change. Frankly, I think this is awesome. It’s not anything I’d do to myself, it’s not something I understand the utility or aesthetic of, but I have to respect someone who saw something he wanted, understood how to accomplish it, and put it into effect.
And I REALLY have to respect a fellow who can do this in the face of a general public that is as likely to laugh at him as objectify him or just be turned off. How many of us really could have seen past the appendage and found the man himself?
Now I wish I’d had the opportunity.