Chest Pains: Alum Fakir Musafar is a Body-piercing Guru

Thursday, February 12, 2015
SF WEEKLY -- In the decades since his youthful crisis of faith, Fakir has transformed a once-obscure practice into a burgeoning movement of people seeking spiritual transcendence through pain. After training as an electrical engineer and moving to the Bay Area to pursue a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, he ran an ad agency and taught ballroom dancing. It was in 1977, at the International Tattoo Convention in Reno, that Roland Loomis came out as Fakir Musafar.