Father of the Modern Primitive Movement
Fakir Musafar has practiced myriad forms of body modification and has championed these practices as an essential part of spiritituality for many decades.
He started in secret as a teen, imitating rituals he saw in National Geographic magazines and guided by his own intuitions and visions. Now in his early 80s, he's still teaching body piercing and branding at his own accredited California school, and leading workshops that allow participants to explore ecstatic shamanism.
Encounters with Fakir
This collection of links are all interviews with Fakir. For personal anecdotes or experiential stories, these are your best resources unless you can spend time with Fakir himself.
- Fakir Musafar
Interview with Fakir by Shannon Larrett, BMEzine
- Karl Rove's pierced family jewels, pt. 3: Fakir Musafar and PFIQ (audio)
Another pioneer in those early years of ampallangs, dydoes, and nipple rings -- intimate ornaments we now take for granted in alt circles -- was Fakir Musafar.
- Fakir audio interview with BoingBoing
In this audio interview with BoingBoing, Fakir Musafar tells us about what drew him to his lifelong fascination with body modding; about the formative years of the piercing industry; and about the quiet, curious, friendly, and very heavily pierced ma
- Interview with Fakir Musafar By: Sensuous Sadie (mastersteelow.com)
Fakir Musafar is known worldwide for his fifty years research and personal exploration of primitive body decoration and rituals, and has been called
- Control Tower | Hooked
I'm making plans for my trip to a conference called Thunder in the Mountains. Thunder is always my favorite leather conference, but this year's going to be extra-intense. Max and I will be participating in a ritual, conducted by Fakir Musafar, called
- Interview with Fakir Musafar
Fakir Musafar is perhaps the most audacious body-modification advocate today. A shaman and master piercer, Fakir was born Roland Loomis in 1930 in South Dakota. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in creative writing; he
SPIRIT + FLESH
This book is a beautiful collection of Fakir's photography which spans nearly his entire life. Starting with self-images he took as a teenager of his own "body play" experiments, the imagery then spans across all genders and orientations engaged in a wide arragy of body art practices and rituals.
My Own Encounters With Fakir
I met Fakir in San Francisco in the early 1990s. I got a lot of my body piercings at his school's open piercing sessions. They had big weekends of piercing clinics where his students got hands-on experience, and I used to round up friends and we'd make appointments and all go together.
I also ran into him regularly at street fairs and other public events that celebrated a wide variety of subcultures. It seemed like Fakir could enjoy anything where people were just being themselves and for sure, he has an interesting outfit for any and all occasions.
One of the most intense experiences of my life was facilitated by him, and it was the execution of the complex branding on my left thigh. This three petroglyph body art piece was burned into my leg using both struck brands and cautery techniques in December of 2001.
Some years later, after having moved to the Pacific Northwest, I flew back to the Bay Area one April to take part in a special ritual hosted by Fakir and his partner Cleo Dubois. This was a hook pull, a large body piercing ritual facilitated for about two dozen people with another half dozen assistants.
Fakir Info and Links
Here are a group of sites which offer info that comes from about as directly from Fakir as you can get, either sites that are his own, or with which he's affiliated, or more historical in nature.
- Welcome to Fakir.org
About Fakir, Father of Modern Primitive Movement Fakir Schools, Learn the Art, Skills & Magic of Body Piercing & Branding Spirit + Flesh, Fakir's Ecstatic Shamanism Workshops
The Fakir Piercing Intensives - School of Body Piercing and Branding Instruction, and Body Play Magazine - Fakir's Amazing Non-Fiction Photo Magazine
- FAKIR MUSAFAR
The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present the photographs of Fakir Musafar in his first exhibition in Los Angeles. Fakir considers himself a shaman, artist, master piercer and body modifier. This exhibition of self portraits and portraits of othe
- Fakir Musafar / Modern Primitives
The whole purpose of "modern primitive" practices is to get more and more spontaneous in the expression of pleasure with insight. Too much structuring somehow destroys any possibility of an ecstatic breakthrough in life experiences.
- Queer History
Fakir Musafar by Susan Stryker, Director, GLBT Historical Society
- disinformation | modern primitives
Coined as a term in 1979 by shamanic contortionist and "the Father of Modern Primitive Movement", Fakir Musafar, the 'Modern Primitive' is a person who participates to varying degrees in physical ritual, expropriation of ethnic symbology, and bodily
- People: Fakir Musafar: a theory full of holes
Publication Date: Wednesday Mar 29, 1995 People: Fakir Musafar: a theory full of holes
This book contains an in-depth interview with Fakir, about his life and his experiences. There are tons of pictures as well. This book was what sparked body art moving into the mainstream of American culture.
I interacted with Fakir on and off over many years of living in the Bay Area. I've had body art done by him and participated in a hook pull ritual that was hosted by he and his partner Cleo DuBois. What have your experiences with Fakir been like?