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January 30, 2013 6:20 PM   Subscribe

The Sinner Team is a group of Russians who like bungee jumping and body modifications. They combine the two in interesting ways. THE CHALLENGE is a documentary of their experiences. If you are squeamish about unusual body piercings, you should probably not watch this.
posted by boo_radley (21 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Okay, someone has to tell me about the video, I had to close the screen as soon as the guy started to jump....I know those weren't hooks in his back, right?!?
posted by bquarters at 6:31 PM on January 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Extreme John Morgan.
posted by unliteral at 6:33 PM on January 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


That sounds like an incredibly bad and painful idea.
posted by dunkadunc at 6:33 PM on January 30, 2013


I call this one the Prince AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH–lbert
posted by zippy at 6:36 PM on January 30, 2013 [8 favorites]


I don't think I'd want to do this unless I'd first tested the tensile strength of human skin, and I don't want to test the tensile strength of human skin, therefore I don't want to do this.

Quite apart from the pain and my distaste for body modification, I don't want to engage in a sport where appropriate safety measures make me sound like a serial killer.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 6:43 PM on January 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


The music is so chipper and upbeat and reminds me of children riding their bikes happily or something. This...is very different than that. The staging area was also very special.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:45 PM on January 30, 2013


I don't want to engage in a sport where appropriate safety measures make me sound like a serial killer.

Oh hush and put the lotion on the skin already.
posted by zippy at 6:46 PM on January 30, 2013 [6 favorites]


Also, the guy jumping around 8:00-8:15 really seemed to enjoy that burst of pain at the bottom of the fall.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:47 PM on January 30, 2013


Wow.

There was a bunch of local people who did public suspensions at cabarets and so on. The one I went to, they weren't actually on the bill, so people hadn't been expecting to see someone inserting hooks into their skin and hanging themselves from the ceiling. One old lady fainted. I found it really interesting, especially the way they talked about it first in terms of what they got out of it.

But yeah, that was a gentle suspension from the ceiling, not throwing themselves off pylons. Ouch.
posted by lollusc at 6:50 PM on January 30, 2013


The SINNER team LiveJournal [Russian. Graphic.] Seems I was right with the John Morgan.
posted by unliteral at 6:56 PM on January 30, 2013


I don't think I'd want to do this unless I'd first tested the tensile strength of human skin

Yeah, having seen lots of body piercing stunts I have no reaction to this except: did the first guy who did this know that his back skin would hold, or was it just luck?
posted by Huck500 at 6:56 PM on January 30, 2013


Thirteen comments, and no one into doing suspensions.
Colour me surprised.

(Surprised, by the way, is the squeamish green I am right now).
posted by Mezentian at 7:03 PM on January 30, 2013


Extreme John Morgan.

HA! The first thing that I thought of.
posted by NoMich at 7:04 PM on January 30, 2013


Speaking NOT from experience - when placed correctly, the hooks can hold an astounding amount of weight.

On Shannon Larratt's weblog (I think) I saw a video of a very big guy (250lb?) suspended from two back hooks. After a few minutes of suspension, not one but TWO guys of similar size grabbed on to his legs and all three of them swung for a few seconds. I believe that the steel hooks were slightly bent afterwards but the skin (and musculature) held just fine.
posted by erebora at 7:08 PM on January 30, 2013


I have actually done a suspension (I'm the fat guy with no tattoos at the time on the discovery channel)

I can tell you that it is more rewarding than you'd expect.

I weigh ~300lb and my skin was fine.

The really tricky part is when you are standing there and they hold the rope. Then you have to pick up your own feet. They don't just hoist you up, at least your first time. The first 290lbs was easy, the last 10 was nearly impossible.

I hung for about 15 minutes total.

I'd do it again.
posted by poe at 7:15 PM on January 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


People have pulled cars with hooks in their backs, but at least if your skin rips in those cases you don't fall to your death. IEEEEEEEE
posted by mkb at 7:15 PM on January 30, 2013


Kirsty: Who are you?
Cenobite: Explorers in the further regions of experience. Demons to some. Angels to others.
posted by gwint at 8:05 PM on January 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


They often jump together, to experience the synergies.
 
posted by Herodios at 8:07 PM on January 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Everybody needs a hobby.
posted by Kadin2048 at 10:43 PM on January 30, 2013


People have pulled cars with hooks in their backs, but at least if your skin rips in those cases you don't fall to your death. IEEEEEEEE

It appears that they have a backup hooked up to the harness. If your skin rips...you're still fine. I actually expected more daring from Russians.
posted by jimmythefish at 11:33 PM on January 30, 2013


It is so hard to get a job as a receptionist these days.
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