APP Conference 2018 Highlight: XXX History of Piercing (part 2): Pierced Men of Porn

The class schedule and registration portal for the 2018 Association of Professional Piercers annual Conference and Expo has gone live,  and with only four months until showtime attendees are no doubt weighing the plusses and minuses of each offering to fully maximize their time in Las Vegas.

Health, safety, and technique classes probably top the list of most requested , but the APP also offers a selection of anthropology and culture classes that should be considered can’t miss opportunities for anyone interested in the who/what/where/when/why of body piercing.

We’re going to be highlighting a few of the electives here on SD as we get closer to July, starting piercer/anthropologist Paul King’s talk on the under-documented history of pierced personalities who appeared in adult entertainment. This class, the second in a series, features pierced male performers.

Paul’s passion for tracing the roots of body piercing has seen him transition from a piercer who BME’s Shannon Larratt described as “definitely a guy who I’d call a “piercing nerd” — someone who can go on and on about it and is interested in every little silly piece of trivia on the subject” 1 to an anthropologist with a degree from UC Berkley, all while maintaining a successful studio in San Francisco.

This year’s lecture will feature sexually explicit stills and video clips, so while it may not be for everyone, if it’s anything like the first half of the series it promises to be a good time.

You can register for XXX History of Piercing Part 2: Pierced Men via the Association of Professional Piercer’s web portal here:




  1. BME Encyclopedia, Paul King. Last modified 2012.

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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