Join Date: Oct 2004
Sportbike: Ducati Monster 900s,TT-R 125LE.SV650S, R6
Years Riding: 10
How you found us: ChicagoMonster,aka big Jeff
I got a brand!(not for the squeamish)-long
So I went to St .Louis last Saturday to get branded.
First, a transfer was put on my skin with the design. 7/16 sheet metal pieces were custom made as pre-arranged.
The brander, Ms. Cynthia who has 12 years experience did the deed.
She held the metal with vice grips, bracing herself on the table or on my back(I was lying face down) & took a couple of practice swings. Her assistant then heated the metal with a blowtorch to 2200 degrees F. Her eyes never left me for fear of losing placement, & her assistant told her when the metal was red hot & said "ready".
The first strike was the worst, simply because I had no idea of what exactly the pain would feel like. By the time my brain registered the pain, it was over.It makes a sizzling sound, like putting a steak on a hot grill,& the smell is similar. The edges are charred & crispy because it's a 3rd degree burn.(not painful)The surrounding area is going to blister, because it's a 2nd degree burn(painful)
My design took a total of 9 strikes. The circles in the middle were made by putting 1 inch incense pieces upright & letting them burn down. That freaked my husband out, because he was at eye level & could see it melt down & disappear under my skin.
This was the most painful, since they took a while to burn down, & did not burn simultaneously.
I had an audience of about 30 people, as this was a branding seminar lecture & I was the model. People took turns blowing on the incense to make it burn faster.
Now it has to be scrubbed several times a day with peroxide to aid scarring, & it will take a whole year to see the final result.
A great experience all told.
"The two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why." -Mark Twain