Category Archives: Announcements

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Membership Offer

This is our last big push of 2018 for Sacred- the Black Friday/Cyber Monday membership deal.

All fo the perks of the highest level of support for the blog (usually $365) for $150 for the year. You’ll get all of the Sponsor level content unlocked as well as access to the Sacred Debris Sandbox Facebook group* where I post exclusive content that never makes it to the blog- including full length videos!

The offer expires at 11:59 PST on Monday, November 25th.

The support from SD readers is what keeps the blog alive, so if you have the means to do so, we’d really appreciate your support.

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BSTA: Collected Interviews Vol2 pre-order.

 

We’ve finally got the second collected volume of Better Safe than Ari interviews ready to be sent off to the printers; this double size black and white books features interviews with:

Mark Seitchik.
Mic Rawls.
Tom Brazda.
Scott Shatsky.
Sean McManus.
Ken Dean.
David Vidra.
Bethrah Szumski.
Curt Warren.

– and for this edition, a never before published interview with retired piercer Sean Christian.

It comes wrapped in a cover featuring a vintage Gauntlet NYC photo by iconic community photographer/documentarian Efrain Gonzalez and should be ready to ship before Christmas.

Support print media, support Sacred Debris!

Available for pre-order here: https://hexappeal.storenvy.com/products/24016416-better-safe-than-ari-collected-interviews-vol-2

Downtime.

Sacred suffered some unscheduled downtime this week; we’re back up and running (and side-eying a wonky WordPress plug-in) so thank you for your messages and patience while we were figuring out what the heck was going on.

Sandbox Members- Over the next few days you’ll notice your expiration dates adjusted by two weeks as a thanks for your support!

 

Fakir Musafar August 10, 1930 – August 1, 2018

Strange, is it not? that of the myriads who
Before us pass’d the door of Darkness through
Not one returns to tell us of the Road,
Which to discover we must travel too.

-Omar Khayyam

 

Fakir Musafar passed away on August, 1st. There are so many things I could write about him and the lives he touched over the course of his extraordinary career, but right now all I can say is that it was my pleasure to have known him and that I’ll miss him very much.

Journey well, Fakir.

 

Photo Source: Cleo Dubios.

2018 APP Conference exclusive BSTAV2

We’re working overtime to get the second print volume of Better Safe than Ari interviews ready for this year’s APP Conference and Expo in Las Vegas with a convention exclusive PURPLE AS ALL HELL edition that will be released a few weeks ahead of the standard version. The cover design isn’t finalized and is subject to change. But it will still be PURPLE AS ALL HELL.

The second volume features interviews with:

  • Mark Seitchik.
  • Mic Rawls.
  • Tom Brazda.
  • Scott Shatsky.
  • Sean McManus.
  • Ken Dean.
  • David Vidra.
  • Bethrah Szumski.
  • Curt Warren.

.. and if we get it ready in time a bonus interview.

The regular edition pre-order will be available in late July 2018. If you’re going to be attending this year’s APP Conference and would like a copy of the Vegas exclusive: click here.

The Road to Awe

I am grateful and honored beyond words to have known you-all of you who have been touched by my presence and followed my example-and the dizzying, fun, enlightening, and delightful experience of seeing so many embrace body piercing and body rituals. I never expected our passions and practices to grow to a global phenomenon-that my early visions of Modern Primitives would expand beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you for embracing, growing, and embodying our art, craft, and energetic ritual practices. They have changed the cultural landscape worldwide. May they serve you well in the future. – Fakir Musafar


If you read Sacred Debris often enough (and I sure hope you do) you’ve no doubt seen mentions of nodal points; points of data in a timeline that shine like beacons, who’s influence spreads out, branches and has an intrinsic impact on everything that comes after them.

I’ve also used the phrase “Major Arcana” while discussing luminaries in the body art community- people who’s presence and persona is impossible to separate from the fabric of our subculture.

These concepts intersect with Fakir Musafar; you could individually catalog every nodal point he’s left on the map of body art and each point would represent a major shift in the cultural landscape. You could talk about his early days of self documentation; his relationship with PFIQ/Gauntlet, his participation in the film Dances, Sacred & Profane, his friendship with Charles Gatewood, his connection with Modern Primitives (the book, of course, and the concept) and all of the piercers and body artists who went through the Fakir Intensives- any one of those would be an unimaginably important legacy.

Earlier today Fakir announced that he has been fighting stage four lung cancer since October of 2017 and that his time with us is coming to a close. In his farewell message, which can be read here, Fakir says that he has been honored to have known us. I think I can say with absolute certainly that the privilege has been all ours.

Photo from SPC, posted 1998.

 

 

 

Split your Wiener Lapel Pin

In 2009, tattooer Alie K (@goodtattoos) designed a movie theater concession commercial style t-shirt design as a “top contributor” premium for BMEZINE.COM members.

We teamed up with her for this, the first of four enamel pins celebrating the bygone days of splitting and otherwise modifying wieners.

Order it. Wear it. Love it.

http://hexappeal.storenvy.com/products/23496717-split-your-wiener-lapel-pin

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. Continue reading

Fresh start for Ken

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.

Back to Zines

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.