Fakir Musafar

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Fakir Musafar
Born Roland Loomis
(1930-08-10) August 10, 1930 (age 87)
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Residence Menlo Park, CA
Spouse(s) Cléo Dubois
Website www.Fakir.org

Fakir Musafar (born Roland Loomis, August 10, 1930) is a performance artist and early proponent of the modern primitive movement.[1] He has experimented with and taught body modification techniques such as body piercing, tightlacing, scarification, tattooing, and flesh hook suspension. He is involved in the BDSM, kink and fetish communities.

Early life[edit]

At age four Musafar claimed to have experienced dreams of past lives.[2] He reports having given himself his first body piercing when he was twelve. Based on his viewing of anthropological works he first performed his idea of a flesh hook suspension in 1966 or 1967.[3] As an adult he gave himself the name "Fakir Musafar".[3]


Musafar has documented his experiences in writing about and teaching others "body play". In the early 1990s, Musafar appeared in mainstream media shows like NBC's Faith Daniels Show, CBS's People Are Talking, CNN's Earth Matters and Discovery Channel's (Beyond Bizarre). In 1998 He produced documentary segments for London Weekend Television's Southbank Show and Playboy Television's "Sexcetera". In 2000, 2001 and 2003 he has appeared in documentaries for The Learning Channel (Human Canvas Part I and Part II), TBS, FX Channel and Discovery Channel plus a major appearance in the 2001 documentary film "Modern Tribalism". In 2004 became a spokesperson for the National Geographic Channel's Taboo and has expressed "radical contemporary" views on body rituals on the Travel Channel's "Eye of the Beholder" series hosted by Serena Yang.

Musafar's writing and photography appears in Theater Journal, Bizarre magazine (fetish and SM exploration), Skin Two and PFIQ (Piercing Fan International Quarterly). He has lectured and performed at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (Rapture Series, 1995); Copenhagen's International Seminar on BODY:Ritual-Manipulation (1995) and Lisbon, Portugal's Festival Atlantico (1997). His photographic art was recently exhibited at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.

In 1999 his performance group performed "Metamorphosis" at the Los Angeles Fetish Ball as well as for close friend Annie Sprinkle's Benefit Show at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco after her houseboat and archives were destroyed by fire.

Musafar continues to speak at colleges and universities and to New Age and other special interest groups. Musafar is considered a Master piercer with over 40 years experience in the body arts. He is also the founder and director of the Fakir Intensives which hold training workshops on body piercing and branding in San Francisco, the first in America.[4]

Musafar is featured in Modern Primitives, published by RE/Search, and in the full-length documentary Dances Sacred and Profane.[5][6] He also appears in the movie Modify and Charles Gatewood's documentary, Dances Sacred and Profane.

In May 2018, Musafar announced on his website that he was suffering from terminal lung cancer. [7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Voices from the Edge (1997), David Jay Brown & Rebecca McCLen Novick
  3. ^ a b Vale, V. and Andrea Juno (1989) Modern Primitives. RE/Search, San Francisco. ISBN 978-0-940642-14-0
  4. ^ Voices from the Edge (1997), David Jay Brown & Rebecca McCLen Novick
  5. ^ modern primitives by Scott Treleaven — October 18, 2000
  6. ^ "Dances Sacred and Profane". 
  7. ^ https://www.fakir.org/letterfromfakir.html


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