Category Archives: Bud Viking Navaro

Signatures of the Past

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Jack Yount, Jon Cobb, Sailor Sid Diller & Viking Navaro

It’s always a treat to find a handwritten note on the back of a photograph that I’m scanning for archival; it adds an indescribable personal connection to the journey that it’s taken over the decades. Lately I’ve been obsessed with collating the signed/notated images and making it a priority to get the back scanned along with the front.

The images in today’s update contains a Silver Anchor business card with a note from Jack Yount, a signed photo of Jon Cobb’s transcrotal piercing, and labeled photographs from Sailor Sid Diller, Bud ‘Viking’ Navaro and Til of Cardiff.

 

 

Taking a day off to rest..

.BUD

Tuesday is generally reserved for video updates, but today is going to be a day of rest here at Sacred Debris; a day to lay down in bed watching True Detective and smothering my pre’ance Julia with birthday kisses. Everyone needs a rest now and then- just ask Viking Navaro (pictured above.)

Bud has long been one of my favorite ‘old school’ modification figures; one of the original ‘Modern Primitives’ who had a very striking aesthetic for his generation. My collection contains quite a few photos (prints and polaroids) of him to be scanned.

But that can wait for another day.

A need to preserve.

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“Although Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary has no definition for “modern primitive,” I am one. The desire to be pierced, to stretch the piercings and to insert objects similar to those used in primitive cultures, has been with me for as long as I can remember. For years I considered myself “atavistic,” but now I much prefer the term, apparently coined by Fakir Musafar, of “modern primitive.” The accompanying pictures should prove my status as someone who fits the category!”- Bud “Viking Navaro” H, PFIQ #13 1981

 

This photograph of Viking Navaro survived a flood. It survived a house fire and the deaths of two different people who owned it. It was most likely taken between 1980-1982 and with the exception of photographs taken by Fakir Musafar (which were featured in the PFI Quarterly issue mentioned above) is  one of the last few remaining photographs of Bud’s modifications that still exists. Had I not inherited it, it would have been placed in the trash for pickup and once it left the curb, would have ceased to be.

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PFIQ #13 Cover Art by Bud Larsen, tattooed on Viking Navaro by Cliff Raven

That’s the goal of the Sacred Debris project. To protect our history for future generations. Our early roots were shrouded in secrecy to protect the participants who couldn’t be ‘out’ with their interests. Photos were destroyed, lost or thrown away so what remains must be archived.

Bud was always a particular favorite of mine; a college professor who’s students likely had no idea that their teacher transformed himself at Doug Malloy’s infamous T&P parties into a ‘Modern Primitive’ with stretched piercings and large tattoos. There will be more of him in future updates.

Every person who reads these updates; right clicks and saves the images/videos, is one more person who can keep the contributions of people like Bud and his friends made last for years to come. Scanning your own photos and videos, sharing them online, keeps our past from fading away.