Naturally, this leads to a lot of questions, most involving the word "Why" (the question may simply be that word, screamed very loudly). The next question would probably be, "What if your skin tears?" The answer is that it happens, but not often. We're getting this part out of the way first, in case any of you are about to rush out to try this with the supplies in your garage.
"That's actually a nice feat of the body. Skin is incredibly resistant and strong," says Tiax. "I weigh around 165 pounds, so we usually put two hooks for a regular suicide suspension [as pictured above]. So that's 82.5 pounds per hook. And it holds. Twice I held another person in my arms while I was doing a body suspension. And then I asked someone to push us so we would be swinging."
"That all being said, when you have an amateur or inexperienced person hooking you up and they put a hook somewhere where it will not have even weight distribution, bad things happen. (Pros raise you a tiny bit after hooking to make sure it's all good, amateurs do not.)"
OK, if you're squeamish, you may want to bail out now.
"Now, sometimes skin does tear itself, usually because the hook was placed somewhere the skin was too thin (e.g. the forearm or knees). If it happens, depending on how serious the injury is, people will stitch the skin back together using a thread and needle (sterilized, obviously), or the person will be sent to the ER."
"The worst I ever saw was a poorly rigged-up guy having a wad of skin rip up like paper for four inches -- in fact, from over a decade doing this, I only saw two go wrong. But one of my friends in Basel, on a trip to Germany, saw the 'Superman' style (hooks are in your back so you are floating up) go wrong. The hooks on his shoulders failed and he hit the ground from the chest up -- only the hooks were still holding the skin. They rushed him to the hospital, the skin was easily sewn back on, and he was back to suspending within a month."