1995: Scarification by Allen Falkner

While he’s internationally known as a major influence in the advancement of modern body suspension, Allen Falkner has worn many hats in his two decades in the Body Modification community. In addition to suspension he’s also carved out a reputation  as a  respected body piercer and most recently as a laser tattoo removal specialist. Despite knowing Allen for almost twenty years and having him onhand to photograph the first Scarwars event, I never knew he was also a scarification artist.

For a while anyway.

Allen was kind enough to submit this video the the SD Archival project- his second cutting circa 1995. I asked him why he stopped cutting and he had this to say:

“I stopped cutting for 2 reasons:
1) there just wasn’t much of a demand
2) I’m not much of an artist- all of the designs I cut were drawn up by other people.

I was going into it rather blindly, as most of us were in the 90s. I knew no one else that did it, or at least didn’t know them personally and it was hard to find any information on the subject. I guess the biggest reason is that I felt my skills weren’t what they should be, which is  the same reason I never became a tattoo artist.
If I can’t be great at it, then I think I should step down and let other people do it.
I think if I stuck with it I probably would have gotten a lot better, but again this goes back to the no demand issue.
Another thing is that I’m a jack of all trades. I’ve done a little of pretty much everything. The problem with being a JoaT is that you never really master one. I stuck to piercing and suspension and honed my skills. I would still be happy to cut, brand, and tattoo. I still do from time to time; but they are just for fun. I don’t think I will ever sell my skills on those trades.
I leave that to the pros.
Allen has been digitizing some classic 1990s suspension and modification video footage lately- I can’t wait to see what comes next.
You can find out more about Allen Falkner here: FADE FAST
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Shawn Porter has spent the majority of his life in the modification world. As a body modification archivist and documentarian, he has one of the most extensive collections of documents relating to the early American body modification community in existence. He edited the SPC website from 1995 to 2005, co-founded ModCon, was the host of ModCons 3.5 and 4, and created and hosted The Scarwars Project from 2004-2007. In 2011 Shawn launched Occult Vibrations, a blog devoted to traditional American tattoos with a focus on the occult and esoteric. He currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife Julia and their creepy pets Mr. Bailey Papers and L. RonBenet Ramsey.

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