Category Archives: Historical Figures

Like Moths to a Flame (NSFW)

Anthony Alan Oversby, called Alan or Mr. Sebastian, was tattoo artist and body piercer and was a key nodal figure in the popularization of body piercing in the UK. Seeing pierced nipples on fieldhands 1 ignited his interest in body piercing, In 1976, Alan left his position as an art teacher, and traveled across the US, working with Sailor Sid Diller and others to further educate himself as a tattoo artist. Continue reading

Notes:

  1. “Fascinated by the gold rings that glittered in the nipples of field hands, he made persistent enquiries which were eventually rewarded with an exciting midnight visit to the local piercer.” – Obiturary, Independent.

Bud Larsen Zodiac- Capricorn

In the late 1970s, illustrator Bud Larsen contributed distinctive line-art illustrations to magazines that would go on to become synonymous with the subcultures they documented; forty-plus years later PFIQ and Drummer have become the defacto reference points for folks researching the history of body piercing and gay leather culture respectively. Bud provided cover art for both of their inaugural issues, with interior illustrations that in my mind are as intrinsic to their visual identity as Al Hirschfeld’s similar but decidedly less erotic drawings were to the New Yorker.

While most of Bud’s Drummer work was in their DRUM BEATS section, he also contributed several representatives to their Zodiac series -an S&M sign of the zodiacal times – like this Capricorn 1 Vol1 No4 1976.

Other signs by Bud:

Taurus- Vol1 Issue 2.
Scorpio- Vol1 Issue 3.
Capricorn- Vol1 Issue 4.
Aries- Vol1 Issue 5.
Cancer- Vol1 Issue 7.

 

Notes:

  1. Capricorn Facts: Often calm, to the degree of appearing slightly cold, meticulous and dogged in their persistence for quality and productivity, Capricorn individuals are often a notch above their counterparts. Source – https://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/zodiac-signs/capricorn/facts 

Uncovered: PFIQ Issue 13

PFIQ Magazine cover, issue 13.

©Gauntlet Enterprises

“A regular contributor to the magazine was a local gay artist who went by the name of Bud. His work occupied thirteen of the first fourteen covers and after we went to color appeared regularly inside. I had seen his work in the gay S/M magazine Drummer. How we actually met and connected, I’ve forgotten. I do remember that he did some tattoo designs for some clients of Cliff Raven, a T&P group regular. Bud’s imaginative pen and ink drawings show the strong influence of both comic and early fantasy and sci-fi art.”

-Jim Ward. 1

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Sailor Sid & Banana

I hope everyone is staying as safe as possible with the worldwide covid19 outbreak; I know a lot of us are currently waiting it out and social distancing in the safety of our own homes, but to the folks on the front lines – medical personnel, first responders, food service, grocers, and online retailers – you have our most sincere gratitude.

I’ve been trying to be productive during the SI phase of the pandemic, working on articles for the upcoming Nodal Points IV, working on a presentation that may be released online called THE DOCUMENTED BODY- Documenting piercing documentation, and trying to maintain balance when everything’s topsy turvy, so I’ll try to update Sacred a little more frequently during the next few weeks.

This photo brings us back to a happier time, late 1970s, in the London, England shop of Alan ‘Mr. Sebastian’ Oversby, and features Sailor Sid Diller and Banana.

Bud Larsen Zodiac- Cancer

In the late 1970s, illustrator Bud Larsen contributed distinctive line-art illustrations to magazines that would go on to become synonymous with the subcultures they documented; forty-plus years later PFIQ and Drummer have become the defacto reference points for folks researching the history of body piercing and gay leather culture respectively. Bud provided cover art for both of their inaugural issues, with interior illustrations that in my mind are as intrinsic to their visual identity as Al Hirschfeld’s similar but decidedly less erotic drawings were to the New Yorker.

While most of Bud’s Drummer work was in their DRUM BEATS section, he also contributed several representatives to their Zodiac series -an S&M sign of the zodiacal times – like this Cancer 1 illo from the seventh issue. (1976)

Other signs by Bud:

Taurus- Vol1 Issue 2.
Scorpio- Vol1 Issue 3.
Capricorn- Vol1 Issue 4.
Aries- Vol1 Issue 5.
Cancer- Vol1 Issue 7.

 

Notes:

  1. Cancer Facts: Protective, artistic, rebellious, loyal, lie detector, intuitive, self-conscious, sensitive, insecure, visionary, clingy, thoughtful lover. Source – https://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/zodiac-signs/cancer/facts 

Pubic Wings

In the late 1950’s-early 1960s, Alan Oversby, known in the tattoo and piercing community as Mister Sebastian, got tattooed by George Burchette with what he believed was the first set of pubic wings. He came up with the idea by sketching shapes that fit nicely into the triangular shapes he was drawing and found that wings were not only aesthetically pleasing but that they also visually elongated the penis.

This photo, taken in the late 1970s, features a client with tattoos and piercings – paired pubic and reverse Prince Albert- by Sebastian.

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Burning Sensation II

Back in December of 2015, we posted a few photos from this series- Sailor Sid Diller tattooing a flame on the perineum of Jack Yount 1 – but this one somehow slipped through the cracks. 2

This would have been taken in the mid to late 1980s, performed at Sid’s Silver Anchor location. Jack would go on to have a urethral reroute opening in the center of the flame- “a waterhole to put out the fire” as he put it in Charle’s Gatewood’s Erotic Tattooing & Body Piercing Vol5.

 

Notes:

  1. https://sacreddebris.com/a-burning-sensation-nsfw
  2. I apologize for the dad jokes.

BUD LARSEN for Drummer

Bud Larsen cartoon

Illustrator Bud Larsen’s iconic black and white line drawings helped establish the visual aesthetic for the early issues of both PFIQ and DRUMMER magazine; like a kinky Al Hirschfeld his style was light on color/shading and heavy on technique, line weight, and overall badassedness. These illustrations from early Drummer 1  issues could easily go toe to toe with other more well-known 1970s magazines cartoonists like Bill Ward, Jack Davis, or Gahan Wilson.

Images © Bud Larsen/Drummer

Knoxville 1986

For better or worse, tattoo conventions used to be a common meeting place for devotees of body piercing; while discretion was often necessary on the convention floor, 1 piercing fans would find community in the privacy of their convention hotel room; clothes coming off to reveal the piercings hidden from the more conservative tattoo crowd at large.

In 1986, at the Knoxville Tattoo Convention, a group of friends that included, among others, Jack Yount (not pictured), Sailor Sid Diller, T.R.A.S.H. publisher J.D., Silver Anchor’s Ed Fenster, Marv from Australia, and Emil G, did just that – enjoying each other’s company, shedding their clothes, and having a little fun. Continue reading

Notes:

  1. “Since Ed Hardy had brought the subject of piercings up at the I.T.A.A. Reno Convention in 1977 (he felt, as did the overwhelming majority of Artists there that piercing did not belong at a Tattoo convention and should not be linked to tattooing. I.T.A.A. Members voted there and then not to have piercing at future conventions) it was decided on (by the suggestion of Bob Shaw) not to allow facial tattoos or piercings at the National Tattoo Conventions. This was to be a Convention to promote Tattooing and only Tattooing.”  – Source: http://runningthegauntlet-book.com/BME/jimward/20050329.html.