A bloody good friendship

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Sometimes modifications don’t work out.
Sometimes people who know better do really unadvisable things and still, miraculously, come out of it just fine.
Some time in either late 1995 or early 1996 I tried to give Shannon Larratt a ‘how to’ primer on doing a self done meatotomy; the tools needed (which included hemostats, surgical scissors and silver nitrate which was common in that time period as a cauterization method) as well as the step by step process to successfully complete what should have been a basic DIY procedure.

Shannon ended up in the Emergency Room when things went wrong; an excerpt from the hand written journal entry about the incident appears in the 2002 book ModCon: The secret world of extreme modification. Shannon confessed to me that he was too impatient to wait for the proper tools, so instead of using hemostats he used a homemade contraption using rubber bands to supply tension and regular scissors to do the cutting. I’m not sure he even bothered with the cautery. The combination of these factors caused excessive bleeding and the ER trip as well as the end of me giving DIY advice to anyone.

Which brings us to Shannon’s bloody forehead.

While living in Philadelphia, Shannon decided to get a set of forehead implants (which I believe were inspired by a race from the Star Trek Deep Space Nine series called Cardassians) that he wasn’t 100% happy with. He felt that the left one was slightly crooked and with the artist who did the implants already back on the road so with the help of his roommate decided to go the home surgery route to remove them despite not having the proper tools.

Did you know that a the flat part of a fork handle can be used in place of a dermal elevator?

Shannon contributed this photo (as part of a set) to the SPCOnline site in 1998 if memory serves with the playful caveat of not learning his lesson the first time.


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.


  1. oh my i remember this picture. and i knew he was impatient. hahaha im impatient. i still havent learned. <3 miss you dude

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