In an upcoming interview from the Better Safe than Ari series, former piercer (and current tattoo artist) Ken Dean talks a little bit with Ari about the connection tattooers have with the history of their craft, and the seeming apathy that piercers have for theirs:
I certainly hope that’s not the case. The intersection of 1970s Leather Culture and the roots of the early Western body piercing industry are inexorably linked. While the makeup of the industry has changed radically since Jim Ward opened the Gauntlet forty years ago, with Leathermen with an interest in piercing being replaced by people interested in body piercing as it’s own subculture, it’s origins should still be celebrated.
When it comes to Leather culture, Drummer Magazine 1 was at the forefront of documenting (and help define archetypes for) the lifestyle. Those early issues were powerhouses of iconic content of interest to the body mod scene; erotic stories by Phil Andros (aka Phil Sparrow, aka Sam Steward) articles with Cliff Raven, illustrations by PFIQ cover artist (and Sacred Debris favorite) Bud Larsen- they’re a treasure trove of awesome. Continue reading
Mic Rawls is like a portal into one of the greatest times in history. Coming in through with extraordinary beginnings, he’s a shining example that you can enjoy a hearty tenure in piercing while still radiating positivity. Mic took time away from holding down the fort at one of the best shops in the country to talk about his time with Jon Cobb, what it takes to keep your love of piercing strong, and to reminisce on the early stages of the APP conference.
Ari – I always have everyone do the introduction, give us your name and how long you’ve been working in the industry for and where you’re currently at.
Mic – My name is Mic Rawls, I am currently at Cold Steel America in San Francisco, I’ve happily been here as manager for the last ten and senior piercer for the last 18 years at this shop. I’ve been piercing 23 years this last month, which is rad, still loving it (most days of it!). Continue reading
Dome Karukoski’s TOM OF FINLAND is currently playing in limited release in theaters across the US, exposing the erotic artwork of Touko Laaksonen to a new generation of (hopefully) adoring fans. Over the last few decades there has been a growing appreciation for Tom’s iconic pencil drawings of hunky leather men, bikers and sailors with Finland recently releasing a series of postage stamps and online retailers selling a wide variety of Tom goods including shower curtains, bedding and a wide variety of branded clothing.
While it’s great to see Tom’s work receiving so much attention, it’s heartbreaking that the art of Bud Larsen hasn’t had the same luck. His work for early PFIQ (and Drummer magazine) issues was a mixture of bold, graceful line work and erotic subject matter that helped the magazine establish it’s aesthetic.
This illustration was for Drummer Magazine, 1970s. Bud’s work often included mythological, sci-fi and astrological elements.
Thanks so much everyone for an amazing Black Friday/Cyber Monday show of support! Welcome to the new members, and for those of you who ordered from HEX APPEAL check your email for tracking information.
I know there’s been a lot going on, but if you’re still in the giving thanks spirit- here’s a great “Giving Tuesday” opportunity.
From the GOFUNDME campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/genesis-breyer-porridge
Industrial music legend, cut-and-paste artist, and pandrogyne Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has leukemia and needs our help.
Having canceled their upcoming tour with PTV3, they are flat broke, three months behind on rent, and undergoing chemo and constant testing. Gen is on oxygen, and unable to do much beyond getting to the hospital. Friends are visiting and contributing what we can, but the expenses keep growing.
We want Gen to be warm and fed through the winter, and focused on hopefuly healing, not finances. The drugs are experimental, but promising. With continued therapy *and* low stress, Gen does not have to die from this, but could be back performing again sometime next year.
Please help this now-broke but extraordinary and generous human being continue on with us as long as possible. Your contributions will all go to rent, food, and medicine.
To celebrate Cyber Monday, the Sandbox Sponsor membership tier will be offered for $150. This level of donation unlocks all of the members only content- Supporter, Patron and Sponsor- for 59% off of it’s normal price.
The funds collected via these “memberships” directly keep the Sacred Debris project afloat; buying new hardware (external hard drives, cloud stories, aging media platforms) and if I’m lucky, time spent keeping all the plates spinning and wheels greased. We’re going to be announcing 2018’s yearlong project soon, and the money collected with these memberships will help kickstart that, so your donation will go directly to funding the archival and restoration of some amazing one of a kind content!
The membership lasts for one year and includes an invite to the private Sacred Debris Facebook group* where in progress and exclusive content is posted.
*email [email protected] with your facebook info and I’ll send an invite.
The offer expires at 3am Tuesday, November 28th.
Photo from MODCONIV by Philip Barbosa.
Masterpierce Theatre: Mark Seitchik
Mark is one of those piercers who I’d heard about for so long, and had been so curious about, but information always seemed relatively scarce. His years at Gauntlet are some of the most interesting times in our history, and he sat at the helm of both San Fransisco and New York studios, helping train and work alongside some of the most notable piercers in history. One of only five people ever bestowed the title of Master Piercer, his passion and humility brought him to the top of the piercing world in the early and mid 90s. Mark is an incredible person with a rich history in our community, and even decades after he’s left he is someone we need to respect, to remember, and to admire. Reading about someone and talking to them is like night and day; talking with Mark was one of the most humbling experiences in my career. I am thrilled to be able to share this. Continue reading
Phil Barbosa was the event photographer for all of the ModCon (and the first Scarwars) events; shooting on analog film he captured modified subjects in a studio atmosphere right in the heart of the chaos that was an underground surgical convention.
Occasionally he’d step in front of the camera in between documenting the goings on. Here he is alongside Blair at ModCon 4, 2003. Images from MC4 never appeared in the books or media associated with the events, so this is a rare glimpse inside the penultimate Toronto modification gathering.