A Safe Guide: Hafadas

Hafada piercing

I’m not really getting much feedback positive or negative on the ‘Safe Guide to Professional Piercing’ series, so I think this will be the last one that goes up for a while. This installment features Sailor Sid Diller piercing Jack Yount’s scrotum in the traditional ‘hafada’ placement. Unlike previous Safe Guide videos, Hafadas finds Sid wearing gloves during the piercing. The videos provide no off-camera context as to why they wore gloves for some procedures and not others, but I’m sure they had their reasons. It’s hard to say.

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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 Italian Greyhound, Bailey, and his wife Julia.

7 comments

  1. There was massive presure to be more sterile because of the AIDS crisis. Gloves originally used were unsterile, thus cheaper. I bashed the Gauntlet crew over that with what’s the point of your”sterile” practives if your using unsterile gloves? My point got across, eventually, no points in my direction (imagine that)

      1. It may seem peculiar that they wore gloves for some but not all of the procedures, however at the time the gloves were seen as protection for the piercer, not for the client. As the CDC introduced Universal Precautions (now Standard Precautions), almost overnight they had to become accustom to wearing gloves for all procedures. It took very little time for Jack to realize that they could use sterile gloves instead, and he had been using them for some time when we first met. This commitment to asepsis was one of the reasons I felt confident to learn more from his perspective.

        1. I also found that a point of contention that the initial glove usage was for piercer protection, not client. But this was because of the AIDS fear, might get the others blood on your hands. I suspect either they just found some gloves, or someone brought up this subject of protect the piercer, IE, the piercee might of had AIDS. It was very common to only wear gloves for those known to have the virus

  2. Really loving all the Safe Guide videos. I love seeing how they did things back in that time period, makes me realize how far body piercing has come in the last 30+ years, and I am so glad there is someone out there who saved stuff like this and takes the time to post it so everyone can learn some history from it as well as enjoy watching the pioneers in action, lol.

    Also, I would like to know though, is it’s okay to rip these videos to put in my own collection of archives?

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