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Sunday, August 01, 2021

Sunday Video 10

 


Years ago, I collected tattoo shop business cards. One day me and my buddy Rick Marshall went to San Francisco to hit as many tattoo shops as we could and ended up down in The Haight where we found a shop that advertised Tattoos, Branding and Scarification. I figured they would be a cool card to have, so I made the mistake of going in. As soon as I walked through the door I could smell burning flesh. I unassed that place so fast I damned near knocked Rick down and we're talking about a guy that ran close to 300 pounds. I could smell that shit in my nose for the rest of the day.

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  1. I've smelled charred flesh before.
    Don't like it

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    1. this appears to be freeze branding.
      just like it is done on cattle. the hair will grow back white on an angus cow. the area to be branded is shaved first

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  2. I stopped that when I saw the branding iron.
    Big f*ck no.

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  3. Yep, definitely burnt that skin up. Years ago at 18 I ran a hot tar kettle in Florida, splashed hot tar on my arm, was wise enough not to try to rub it off. After about a minute as it cooled I peeled it off, the most intense pain. Nothing but white showing, took months to heal. And a burn scar is a bitch, even sometimes in the sun it still hurts.

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  4. Soon to be illegally immigrating to the USA.

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  5. good thing you weren't in parts of Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia around '44.

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    1. No, but I made a deployment to NAF Misawa Japan and discovered they have a crematorium nearby.

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  6. Assuming it's not fake, that's not a very hot iron. Not nearly enough to leave a brand. I've been hit by a few while holding critters down, and that's just not the kind of mark it leaves, even if it's on you for less than a second.

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    1. My brother who runs cattle and bison says it looks like a freeze brand. Can't comment. Never been hit by one of those before. My wife still gives me a hard time about a bar on my rt. buttock that's been there for over 50 years. I know for a fact that iron wasn't there for more than a couple seconds, but there were blisters and some blackened flesh.

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  7. On an occasion or two, I saw 2 guys sitting with their fore arms against each other on a table, they would lay a lit cigarette in the valley where there arms touched. The loser was the guy who flinched. Having accidently set myself on fire while welding, I had no urge to join my comrades, no matter how drunk I got.

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    1. When i was in the Army in the mid 80s that was a favourite game with some of the guys once they were sufficiently drunk,i never tried it but the guys who did ended up with some serious scars.

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    2. Yup, did it in the 70s too, prolly way before that. A game of nerves and control.
      Ed

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  8. Smelled my own flesh burning. Still have the scars. Once was enough. I no longer work in a steel mill.

    Jeremy P.

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  9. I had the unfortunate circumstance to witness the aftermath of a guy who got electrocuted as a scissor lift was being raised to do some work on a building. The guys body was on fire in the crotch area. The fire dept was already there, but it took them another 20-30 minutes to put the guy out, never mind getting him down. Black oily smoke was coming off the flames. It's a smell I'll never forget.

    Nemo

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  10. I had to fight a guy in a stand up class for MMA. I noticed that he had brandings on both sides of his upper arms. It immediately occurred to me that he felt the pain the first time and said do it again. At that point I was like what can I possibly do with my body that will top that. Man I was intimidated. Then he actually said " I don't like to get hit in the face " I thought but someone putting a hot iron to you is acceptable...WTF

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  11. Once you smell burning flesh you never forget the smell. The first time for me was in Kuwait. The second time was in Afghanistan. Both times I lost my appetite for a few days.

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  12. Yeah, that's a freeze brand. If it had been a hot iron there's no way he could have stood it that long, it wouldn't have needed to be applied for that long and his flesh wouldn't have looked like that.

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  13. This is a must listen to!

    https://warroom.org/2021/07/31/episode-1137-deep-dive-into-covid/

    I think the shit is soon to hit the fan.

    JK/AR

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  14. Liquid Nitrogen freeze brand. The reason they use them now is because it doesn't hurt very much and the cows don't get as terribly stressed out. Don't know what Cletus here is trying to prove.

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  15. All I know is this, I once had a co-worker and friend also named Mike who had been in the Black Fraternity Omega which back then practiced branding. He had a scarified Greek omega on his right arm. When his little brother went to college Mike talked him out of the branding.

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    1. I had heard about the branding but had never seen one till a friend at the gym had his shirt off. I asked him about it. He said they use a hanger. Burning calf flesh stinks to high heaven, glad I'm not around it much anymore.

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  16. What's the big deal? I'm a 36 year RN and I work in surgery. I smell burning flesh every day. What's bad is when you're on overtime and it's getting late and its way past supper time ... and it starts to smell good.

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    1. Jeffery Dahmer approves this message.

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    2. Yep, Bovie smell doesn’t really bother me either. But trimming necrotic tissue from a wound healing by secondary intention? I nearly puked into the patient’s abdomen. (Not a moment of pride, to be sure....)

      As far as hungry goes: hahaha! you DEFINITELY win.

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