Strange, is it not? that of the myriads who
Before us pass’d the door of Darkness through
Not one returns to tell us of the Road,
Which to discover we must travel too.
Fakir Musafar passed away on August, 1st. There are so many things I could write about him and the lives he touched over the course of his extraordinary career, but right now all I can say is that it was my pleasure to have known him and that I’ll miss him very much.
Journey well, Fakir.
Photo Source: Cleo Dubios.
I first saw photos of Cathy- dubbed Queen of Hearts- in Fakir Musafar’s seminal Body Play & Modern Primitives Quarterly At the time of the article her laced measurements were an astounding 39″- 15″- 39″ putting her on par with the legendary Ethel Granger with her progress; in fact she would appear in that issue photographed in one of Ethel’s 15″ corsets.
She began lacing in 1959 and by by the time of publication was wearing a corset or training belt day and night without breaks.
While attending the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party tattoo event in the late 1990s I ran into Cathy and asked her if I could take a few photographs for BME; none of which came out especially well, but hey, Mapplethorpe I’m not.
I think I’ve featured at least one of these photos before over on the SD Tumblr account, but for those of you who don’t follow it… here you go.
Viking Navaro enjoying a little body play- vacuum pumping his pierced/stretched nipple piercings. These date back to the early 1980s. Bud’s half-sleeve by Cliff Raven.
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