MEET TOMMY contains over a hundred interviews with body modification enthusiasts about their private journeys into the fringes of self-surgery and human sexual expression. This book invites these individuals to share their stories in their own words, explaining the wide range of reasons that cause a person to perform unusual and radical automutilation, in most cases on their own genitals, or engage in play that blurs the line between the extremes of agony and ecstasy. Bodymod archivist Shawn Porter once compared these individuals to Clive Barker’s Cenobites—“explorers in the further regions of experience, showing sights beyond limits... pain and pleasure, indivisible.” In this book are shared stories brought back from these realms, some enlightening and illuminating, some frightening and upsetting, some about unique and fantastic characters who have pushed boundaries from the day they were born, and some about mundane and otherwise unremarkable people who... More > simply happened to stumble into something different.< Less
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