Category Archives: Doctor Ronald Brown

Final Cut?

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When it comes to adding video content here on the SD blog I usually go for no frills; present the information without much flair with the goal of preserving the footage on older unstable formats like 8mm and VHS and archiving it for future generations. But sometimes there are parts that need trimmed or blurred that can’t just be removed from the finished video and I’ve sort of hit my wall with what I can do in iMovie.

So while you folks are hopefully doing something more fun, I’m reading the Final Cut Pro X Cookbook by a gentleman named Cox. Cox’s Final Cut could inspire so many juvenile jokes given the focus of our site but I’m going to take the high road and refrain.

The video that’s in editing is a ‘show & tell’ with one of Dr. Brown’s more extreme silicone clients. While most of the men who came to Brown for the procedure wanted just a little enhancement, some wanted to dramatically distort their genitals to an excessive degree, which the Doctor was happy to accommodate. The silicone could only be injected into certain types of tissue, which left the glans of the penis a ‘normal’ size in comparison to the penis and scrotum mass.

Injecting silicone into the body is extremely dangerous. I’m presenting this material for the sake of documentation and am not able to recommend any practitioners willing to perform this modification.

 

Mondo Forty

mondforty2mondo film (from the Italian word for “world”) is an exploitation documentary film, sometimes resembling a pseudo-documentary and usually depicting sensational topics, scenes, or situations.

On Saturday, August 2nd I’m going to be having a small birthday party at the Overground Cinema in Philadelphia where we’ll be screening some classic Body Modification films. I’m still finalizing the roster, which will include a mix of professional documentaries like Dances Sacred and Profane and the Marionette alongside some of the classic homemade footage you’ve seen on Sacred Debris.

We’ll be screening them on a full sized movie theater screen. And there will be popcorn. What more can you ask for! As a thank you, anyone who’s contributed to Sacred Debris in any way- through our donate button, with providing media players or content, etc is invited to come and join the fun. Just contact me for information!

Oh. I forgot. Month to date (July) we’ve had almost 7000 viewers here on the blog. It would seem that there’s people enjoying the content we publish- and if everyone who enjoyed an article donated $1 we could easily buy the hardware we need to add new (old) content. So. If you’re feeling generous- please hit the donate button on the right. Consider it a birthday present. Feeling appreciated for what we do goes a long way to keeping the site online.

Silicone Injection Interview

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While he was more famous for GRS procedures and the controversy that came from his medical ethics and techniques, Dr. Ronald Brown 1 was also a well-known figure in the body modification world, thanks to his connection with Jack Yount.

Having tracked him down after hearing about the procedure he performed on Fakir Musafar (ligament cutting) Jack became a patron to Brown, arranging discrete meetups throughout the United States with willing clientele interested in getting the atypical surgical modifications that the Doctor was offering.

One of the more aesthetically shocking modifications that Brown was known for was silicone enhancement; usually of the penis and scrotum. While some patients wanted a ‘slightly bigger than average’ increase, others chose to go further, radically reshaping their genitals to the extreme- hyperbole made flesh.

The client in this video briefly explains what it’s like to have silicone in his penis.

There have been a lot of articles written on Doctor Brown; even a documentary filmed calling him the world’s worst surgeon. It’s not my intention to defend or vilify him or his technique; just to present examples of the surgeries he performed in the context of preserving that period of body modification history. There are severe health risks associated with the procedure and in 1992 The Food and Drug Administration banned direct injections of silicone.


 




 

The day of three operations: Introduction (NSFW)

Preservation is why this site exists.
Taking aging media- photographs, negatives, slides, documents and videos- and making sure that they’re preserved for posterity has been more than just rewarding- it’s been fun. Seeing old faces, hearing the voices of people long since gone from my life and being able to share them with people who care about them has been worth all of the time spent on SD over the course of the last month. With the recent addition of increased storage space I’ve been able to start actively capturing new content for archival/sharing.

tumblr_n0d52wfY7Q1town8so1_500It’s been disheartening to see the condition that some of this stuff is in. Magnetic VHS tapes have a life expectancy of 8-12 years in optimum conditions and some of these have been passed around from owner to owner for years, being played in machines that aren’t running at 100% and generally being considered as a transitory item not a piece of Bodymod history.  This update’s video comes from a 23yo VHS tape. Next week’s video update is from a 30 year old tape. I’m  torn between editing the videos to remove the damaged segments and leaving them intact with the understanding there will be parts of the video that are going to not play very well. In the case of today’s update there was no way to remove the damage without editing out Jack’s introduction; this will sort of set the tone for future updates. It’s better to have poor quality material than lose out on what makes these videos special.

This video was from one of Jack Yount’s 1991 visits to the Mexico clinic of Dr. John Ronald Brown. Dr. Brown was known in some circles as The Modification Doctor, and in others as The World’s Worst Sex Change Surgeon. Despite a horrible reputation, Brown had a large and devoted clientele from the US and Europe who would make the trip to his clinic for GRS and modification work, which often came with complications but still found clients returning for more work or to fix existing projects. While the quality of his surgical was questionable, Brown believed in what he was doing and truly felt that it was a divine mission to help affirm physically how his clients felt inside.

drbrownJack would often bring small groups of surgical devotees with him on his trips to Mexico as well as arranging with the Doctor to make house calls in his Zephyrhills, Florida home. This trip saw a eunuch having his scrotum removed, a castration, a 1lb stainless steel ball being inserted into Jack’s scrotum and finishes up with Jack having the top of his glans surgically split. The stainless steel ball implant- the third in Jack’s scrotum- ultimately caused serious complications that resulted in the amputation of his scrotum. While nothing was ever confirmed the theory was the teflon coating covering the balls cracked, causing abrasions inside of his scrotum which led to infection and ultimately gangrene.  I’ve captured the entire tape for archival but I’m not sure what level of graphic content is appropriate for this blog nor the level of interest readers have in that sort of thing. Use the comments section and let me know what you think.


One month later…

Silver Anchor, Zephyrhills Florida 1980s

Silver Anchor, Zephyrhills Florida 1980s

Consider a piece of body jewelry.
Not some piece of mass produced low quality mall kiosk belly button ring with vibrating dolphin charm, but a beautiful handmade piece of wearable art made by an artisan company that takes pride in producing the finest jewelry available. Each piece takes time to be realized, created and quality checked before it moves to the next step in the chain- the folks who pack it up with care and send it to you knowing that you’re sitting around your mailbox counting the seconds until it arrives.

It’s a process with a lot of moving parts that works well in harmony and leaves both ends of the transaction happy.

Consider Sacred Debris.
Today is our one month anniversary. In that time, we’ve had almost 10,000 visitors. The most popular post for unique page views was Evolution of a Subculture: ModCon, the most traffic from a referring link was from Luis Garcia’s tumblr and we’ve had contributions from myself, Allen Falkner, Ron Garza and Luna Duran. During our first month I think we’ve managed to set a tone for what you can expect in the coming weeks.

As readers, you folks have left 214 comments on the 21 posts we’ve created. One of my main worries in starting a new project (with SPCOnline and Scarwars.net under my belt) was that it would be a one sided thing. Our team (which is mostly me right now) doing all of the work and having nothing to show for it in the end. I’ve been pleased to see that level of interaction- of community- with the Sacred Debris project. It may seem to be an afterthought, but discussing the articles really does make a difference. It shows us that the content is being read and appreciated, that there’s a market for something as incredibly niche as Body Modification history. The reblogs on tumblr, twitter and Facebook are also incredibly helpful in bringing visibility to what we’re doing, so keep that up. We’re going to be doing random contests for comments and reblogs- tshirts, original photographs from the SPC archive, posters- so there’s going to be some fun stuff coming (starting tonight with the ‘Do you remember your first PA’ contest) so stay tuned.

That brings us to the little button beneath this post. DONATE. Both sides- reader and editors- working together.
We’re never going to do a ‘hard sell’ on donations; this is not a paid site (our PG rated videos come with google ads and we may accept paid ads from reputable shops/jewelry in the future, but there will never be a fee to view content) but the site does cost money to create and maintain. At the moment, our server space and bandwidth is being donated but we have no escrow account if that were to ever change. Given the explicit content of our site we can’t run on WordPress.com’s servers, so should we lose our server we lose our site.

wd-cloudThen there’s the hardware.
To date, most of the videos I’ve added- of Body Modification icons like Jack Yount, Ed Fenster and Til of Cardiff- has been content I’ve previously captured for other projects- videos that were sitting on DVDrs unedited. Capturing new content means needing storage space. Capturing an hour long video (such as Sailor Sid’s Guide to Safe Piercing) at full resolution for archival clocks in somewhere around 30-60gb depending on the settings. When they’re uploaded they’re considerably smaller, but to preserve these tapes for future generations requires storage- more storage than I have.

We also need to purchase- or arrange donations- for a variety of media players including mini-dv and 8mm, as well as negative scanners for old analog 35mm print archival.

Last but certainly not least is time. With my current setup, adding a 10 minute video to Sacred Debris takes as much as ten hours to get online. Sorting the tapes that are often unlabeled. Scanning them from start to finish to make sure that all the content on the tape is accounted for. Importing it into my macbook. Cleaning up or removing audio, editing it down into a usable movie when then has to render and get uploaded before I sit down to write the article that accompanies it.

As a reader, you then sit down, watch a five-ten minute video, possibly leave a comment, share on social media and wait for the next update.

My hope is that the folks who care about this kind of content will want to see the project continue and will throw a few bucks into the hat to keep it going. If every viewer who checked us out in the first month would have dropped $1 into the pot- we’d have a workable budget for years to come.

So. I’m asking you folks for a little help.

The donation button is here in this entry as well as on the sidebar of the main site. If you see an update you really love and think it’s worth a buck or two… please feel free. Trust me, every little bit helps.

Thank you all so much for a great first month, and here’s hoping for more where that came from!

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Jack Yount Silicone Genital Enhancement Session One

Dr. John Ronald Brown (July 14, 1922 – May 16, 2010) was known as the “World’s Worst Sex Change Surgeon” in some circles. To others he was the Modification Doctor; a surgeon willing to do procedures that others weren’t. From his private offices in San Francisco and his clinic in Mexico he became a beacon of hope for transsexuals who didn’t meet the criteria for sexual reassignment surgery candidacy through established programs by offering his services to anyone who could afford them regardless of their clinical diagnosis. For early surgical modification devotees, Dr. Brown would offer his services out of the clinic, hotel rooms or living rooms depending on the complexity of the operation.

The State of California revoked his license to practice medicine along with Hawaii, Alaska and the Island of Saint Lucia, which ironically freed him from questions of medical ethics though not of legality. In 1990 Doctor Brown served nineteen months in prison for practicing medicine without a license, and in 1999 was convicted of second degree homicide after amputating the leg of a 77 year old client suffering from apotemnophilia.

Despite being well known for his gender reassignment surgeries, Dr. Brown had a successful sideline in extreme aesthetic surgeries performed on men interested in body modification. In meeting Jack Yount he was reintroduced to a community of men who wanted procedures outside of the thresholds of AMA and legal allowances. Brown had previously performed an operation on Fakir Musafar, cutting his suspensory ligament, but Jack and his peers went for more extreme modifications.

One of which was silicone injections directly into the penis and scrotum, often to gigantic proportions. Brown would occasionally travel to Jack’s Zephyrhills, Florida home to do ‘modification parties’ to add more and more silicone to a list of happy clients. This video, recorded in direct address after his first round of injections, was sent to others considering getting the silicone procedure done. Before his death in 1995, Jack would have Dr. Brown inject 100s of CCs (possibly thousands) into his penis, scrotum, chest and eyebrows, radically reshaping his anatomy.

Due to his procedures being done primarily underground using techniques and materials not endorsed by the AMA, the safety of Brown’s procedures is as best, questionable. Anecdotally the men with direct silicone injections that I met through Jack/Brown had no unexpected problems, with some of the older clients sitting at 20+ years since initial injection, but I would seriously question the long term potential side-effects of silicone enhancement.

Brown is a controversial figure who’s technique is said to have earned him the nickname of ‘Butcher Brown’ in the transexual community, but he remained an affable fellow to a great number of those who sought him out for modifications. He died in prison on 16th May 2010. My attempts to visit him were turned down.

This video was previously published on SPCONLINE and BMENEWS.