Last night I started the process of proofreading the next Better Safe than Ari interview; getting everything formatted, cruising Facebook and Instagram to source photos to accompany the text and trying to get it done in time for a self imposed but wholly arbitrary deadline. I fell asleep with the noble goal of finishing everything up today.
When I woke up this morning I learned that the subject of the piece, tattoo artist and former piercer Ken Dean, had suffered a great loss only hours before. The space he was living in burned down. He lost everything he owned save for his car and the clothes on his back and worst of all his two beloved dogs, Tanaka and Barry, were both lost in the fire.
I can’t even begin to imagine what he’s going through right now, processing the loss of his two best friends while having to face the reality of having to completely start over.
A GOFUNDME has been set up in Ken’s name to help with things; should you have a little extra to spare you can find the campaign here: Fresh start for Ken @ Gofundme.
From the upcoming interview:
Ken- We would go over Jack’s house and he was fuckin’ hilarious. One time I pulled up on my little motorcycle and there was a limo out front – Jack was piercing someone from British Parliament! There were guards everywhere, he was like, “Ken come back in like an hour!” We’d just hang out and swim in the pool, he’d keep body parts around everywhere, I mean I thought it was neat, any kid would think it was neat! He had a big fuckin’ statue of David with a towel around it, and one time I pulled the towel off and David had a huge fuckin’ dick, like not the normal David dick. He had a big painting in his bedroom of Mickey Mouse fucking Donald Duck, he was a fuckin’ funny dude.
Happy New Year, everyone, and happy fourth anniversary to Sacred Debris!
It’s been a heck of a run so far, and I’m hoping that we can do fun things in 2018.
One of the best additions to the blog in 2017 were the BETTER SAFE THAN ARI interviews that Ari Pimsler has been working on; he’s managed to chat with a pretty impressive lineup of current and former body piercers so far, and our list for the new year is already shaping up to be something special. Getting these memories recorded is very much at the heart of what our goal is here at SD, and with that in mind we’re going to be rolling out a print edition of the BSTA interviews. It’s currently in the pre-order phase over at our online store (HEXAPPEAL) and should be ready in no time at all.
Volume One of the collection contains interviews with:
- Tod Almighty
- Dana Dinius
- Warren Hiller
- Paul King
- Gregg Marchessault
- Sean Philips
- Jim Sens
The book is a 64 page softcover trade paperback with minimal photos; we really wanted the interviews to speak for themselves. You can preorder it here: Better Safe than Ari: Collected Sacred Debris Interviews Vol. 1.
I’ve spent the last few days reorganizing my archival storage; prints, polaroids, VHS tapes, 8mm tapes, DVC tapes, assorted ephemera and while it’s no means more efficient a filing system it’s at least more consolidated.
That doesn’t really mean much to anyone who doesn’t live with me, but my wife will be pretty happy to have more closet space, much of which has been taken up the tenure of our marriage by Rubbermaid bins full of pictures of naked people.
One of my favorite of said has always been Bud ‘Viking’ Navaro. Ever since seeing him in PFIQ I’ve been fascinated with him, so while I was sorting things I tried to set aside my favorite prints and polaroids of Bud for a project I’m hoping will be done by 2018’s APP Conference in Vegas. Fingers crossed.
This Polaroid of Bud dates back to the 1970s.
Earlier tonight we put up a pre-order page for volume one of the collected Better Safe than Ari interviews; while there’s been a major push in the last few years for analog books to go digital we figured we’d be contrarians and take our digital interviews to print. So if that’s your sort of thing, please check out the Hex Appeal store for more information.
These days it’s pretty rare to find piercing/modification related physical media, but back in the 1990s there were plenty of options to chose from. PFIQ from Gauntlet enterprises, Body Art and Piercing World out of the UK, In the Flesh- if you knew where to look you had some pretty great piercing publications to collect.
P.A.U.K.’s Piercing World was a favorite of Jack Yount’s, who was thrilled to appear on the cover of issue #10.
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
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.