Subject: Hans of Denmark.
Date: Early 1980s.
Photographer: Sailor Sid Diller.
I thought I had put all of these up but this one was still in my ‘drafts’ folder.
Full body shot of Hans of Denmark, photograph by Sid Diller.
On a visit to London Hans convinced Mr. Sebastian to do four piercings in one session. First, he got a quiche and ampallang. Then he got a Prince Albert. Because he had previously subincised his urethra he had the Prince Albert placed somewhat lower than the usual placement- one which began at the base of the glans and came out lower down the urethra. Finally, in the same session, he got what was the usual upper half of the apadravya. Since it lies just above the spot where the Prince Albert normally lies, Hans called this piercing his “Queen Victoria.”
Hans has a wonderful sense of humor but had a little that day as he left Mr. Sebastian’s shop and boarded the London bus to return was lodgings. “I had to have a smoke, so I carefully climbed to the upper deck of the bus. I had to. I needed to spread my legs all the way home. Once I got home, I took a nice, long bath. That helped and the healing progressed reasonably fast. But that was the LAST time I ever got so many piercings at once.”
Hans especially likes his “Queen Victoria.” As the photos show, he has increased the piercings substantially. Last New Year’s Eve, he cut a slit from the original piercing so it’s now able to take a 3/4” (outside diameter) tube through the piercing. – A. Viking Navaro, PFIQ #19
Model: Hans of Denmark.
Piercing: “Queen Victoria”
Not necessarily wanting to dig through photo albums and storage bins I was lucky to have a lower resolution of Hans of Denmark’s pubic tattoo after the color had been finished. This scan originally appeared on the spcOnline site in 1996 and was captured at a lowly 72dpi before being compressed as a .jpg. One of these days I’ll dig out the original and get a better resolution file out of it. The large rings are through his apadravya piercing.
The tattoo was applied by Mr. Sebastian and the photo dates to approximately 1982.
Like a lot of Europeans of his generation, Hans lived through the bombings and air raids of WW2; the following is from the Body Art #7 (which also features Jack Yount) interview between Hans and photographer Chris Wroblewski:
Chris Wroblewski: What was it like living in a city under siege?
Hans: It was an adventure I remember one house I lived in in the attic state of famous Baron ass who wouldn’t talk to anyone below the rank of Dr. fortunately we got along rather well and we’d often go down into the air raid shelters together. she wore beautiful costumes an amazing hats. I always carried an umbrella so that when we when the Bombs shook the street no dust would settle on her immaculate appearance. 1
Things have been fairly quiet on the front end of Sacred Debris lately, but behind the scenes archival and preservation have been clicking along quietly with the final few piercings in the Safe Guide series digitized and edited. I was really happy with the quality of the footage on that tape and my attempts at color and contrast correction to remove the yellowing have been promising; I’ve kept two versions of every piercing procedure from the VHS Cassette- original and altered- so I’m free to move on to the next archival project, which will either be a castration procedure labeled ‘Jim loses his manhood’ or footage from the 1991 Paris Tattoo Convention. The former may end up in the Sandbox, and the latter on Occult Vibrations. Depends on how usable the footage ends up being.
As a palate cleanser between video updates, the above is a photo of the incredible Hans of Denmark, who made frequent appearances in the 1980s body modification periodical circuit with his enlarged piercings and full body tattooing. This photo dates back to 1978 and was taken by Sailor Sid Diller on his first London visit and features Hans’s pubic tattoo outline by Alan ‘Mr. Sebastian’ Oversby.
In the 70s I became interested in tattooing and piercing. I began by having a small design placed on a discrete part of my body by Svend, a tattooist working in Nyhavn. It was then difficult to get your ear pierced so I decided to do it myself. Actually I’d been experimenting with needles when I was young and discovered that I liked the sensation of inserting pins and so on into my skin. However I couldn’t discuss this with anyone as they’d simply think that I was a crazy kid so went to the libraries and read as much as I could on African scarification rites and anthropological studies on body deformation….Later I went over to London and met a tattooist, Dennis Cockle, who tattooed my torso with large colorful designs and another man, Mr. Sebastian, pierced my penis. Now this was something else altogether, when the anesthetic wore off I could hardly walk. 1
Hans went on to be almost fully tattooed from neck to toes and was famous for his enlarged piercings which included an 1″+ apadravya piercing. I have photos in my scanning queue of his finished pubic tattoo, those will be included in future updates.