Books of Blood

tumblr_n7ld1tgwpK1town8so1_1280Why then was he so distressed to set eyes upon them? Was it the scars that covered every inch of their bodies, the flesh cosmetically punctured and sliced and infibulated, then dusted down with ash? – Clive Barker, The Hellbound Heart

Only nine more days until Halloween and it’s already a damned good fall here in Philadelphia It’s cold and rainy out, I’ve got a ‘mulled cider’ candle making my house smell like an orchard and a horror movie playing on tv as I scroll through photos trying to find spooky halloweeny things to blog.

This photo, by staff photographer Atom Moore, originally ran on Scarwars.net in 2006 and features a fresh cutting on David by New Hampshire’s Ryan Ouellette. Done at the Los Angeles Scarwars event the cutting was designed by horror icon Clive Barker specifically for the client. Barker related tattoos are fairly common, but to my knowledge this is the only time Clive drew a design specifically for scarification. Pretty rad coming from the man who gave us “Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we’re opened, we’re red.”

Clive was kind enough to give David a box of signed posters to bring as gifts to the Scarwars II attendees.

 

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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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