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Fang Club: Vampyre Haven
Last night I stopped by my friend Miguel's suspension party, Fang Club: A Vampyre Haven, at China 1 in New York City.

When I first arrived I met Dennis just as he was leaving. He works at Skin Deep in NY and has been tattooing for over 25 years. The obvious attention getter is that his whole face is tattooed and has over 100 piercings above the shoulders. What was amazing was that I have never seen this guy before. He seemed like a cool guy, but I didn't really have a chance to talk to him too much.

So...Inside! I apparently got there just in time. Downstairs, around the corner, and through the dark little hallway, I moved a curtain and saw a girl being suspended in a six-point superman. With the soft ambient lighting and the industrial music playing in the background, it was a great experience to walk into. =)

There was a already a decent crowd surrounding the stage area, and more of the "normal" people from upstairs started coming down to check it out and whip out their iPhone to grab photos to show their cubical buddies the next day.

The girl that was being suspended turned out to be one of's own, Hopkins419! I just featured a creepy photo of her with her lips sewn together just a couple days ago (not having a clue who she was). It sure is a small world! Anyway, once she seemed pretty comfortable on the hooks they began to spin her around:

In the video, you'll see the guy holding the ropes get a little startled when Hopkins419 foot knocks over one of the candles on the table. Instead of Miguel freaking out, or even thinking, "hey, maybe I should get some water," he opts for the decision of something along the lines of, "oh! you know what would be hot? if you poured wax on your girlfriends chest while you're hanging from hooks!" And that's why I like Miguel =)

Once the wax play was over, Miguel and his girls then started to drain their blood into a wine glass and then paint a dual-canvas painting with it. It turned out pretty cool looking. There were three of them painting on it at once with no preconceived ideas on what to do. This reminded me a lot of Vincent Castiglia's work. If you're not familiar with him or his work, I highly recommend it! You can find his tattoos and artwork on his website ( He also has a lot of his prints at the Last Rites Gallery along side some of Shawn Barber's amazing pantings.

I digress... back to the suspension at hand! When they were done painting and did a little photo shoot, Miguel thought it would be a great idea for Hopkins419 to pick up her friends and swing them around for a bit. Like the trooper she is, she did it with no issues whatsoever. This was the first time I've seen someone pick another person up while being suspended (in person... i haven't been to a lot of shows =).

I want to say that finally tired her out and that's why she came down, but I think it was just that they ran out of things to do with her up there, because after they cut her loose, she was running around the bar talking with everyone and still bubbly. Freakish amount of energy in that girl.

The party started to wrap up at this point, so I did a shot of Jack with Miguel and thanked him for another great night. Without people like this, NYC would be pretty lame ;)

.: Adam

.: Adam
Since 2003, Adam Callen has been the editor and publisher of, not the largest or oldest full-spectrum body modification publication on the planet, but pretty damn awesome =). Copyright © 2023 Adam Callen. Permission is granted to reprint this article in its entirety as long as credit is retained and usage is non-commercial. Requests to publish edited or shortened versions must be confirmed in writing. For bibliographical purposes this article was first published February 2, 2009 in New York City, US.

I hope someone sees the humor in this =)
Posted on August 12, 2009 (1:10am)
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