In the 1980s, Master Piercer Jack Yount was working informally at DC area leather bars on a clientele that was mostly made up of gay men, but was quite willing to work on anyone that wanted pierced. I remember him telling me once that he had let some of his employees at A.S.P. know about his double life as a body piercer and that one of his secretaries had come in to have her nipple pierced. I have no way of knowing who the female client in this photograph is, but there’s a part of me that wants to think it’s her.
It really surprises me that in an era where we have unprecedented access to high end video recording/editing options and proliferation of tattoo conventions and suspension meetups, no one has taken the bull by the horns and started producing content by/for the body modification community with the same zeal that pioneers like Charles Gatewood, Royboy Cooper and Michael O. Stearns did back in the late 1980s/early 1990s. There’s never been a time with easier access to modified subjects to interview, high definition recording via smartphones, editing on free programs on most brands of laptop computers and outlets like Youtube, Facebook, Sacred Debris, Modblog around to host the content yet there’s still a tangible lack of content that can rival what those folks produced going on 30 years ago.
Gatewood’s Flash Video label produced some of the best content of it’s time, with documentary series like Painless Steel, the Weird titles (Thailand, which was his best seller, San Francisco, America) and Erotic Tattooing and Body Piercing as well as a pretty impressive collection of one off titles. For my money, the best of the bunch was Erotic Tattooing and Body Piercing vol V. Filmed at the Meadowlands tattoo convention in the early 1990s, it featured a collection of personalities that included Jack Yount, Wild Bill Krebs, Emil Gundelach, Mr. X and Ron Athey. Most of the restored video will be available for Sandbox members, but for those interested in the Flash documentaries I suggest checking eBay every now and again. They occasionally show up at a decent price.
It’s been 27 years since I got my first tattoo and while my interest in various disciplines of body modification has changed in focus over the years I find that my desire to be fully tattooed is still as much a goal as it was when I sat down at a biker shop in Georgia and had that first poorly applied one done on my inner forearm.
When Shannon Larratt and I were planning the guest list for the first ModCon event in 1998 (which never happened: Evolution of a Subculture- ModCon 1) we required potential guests to list their modifications and found that tattooing was the most common amongst all of the groups represented. Extreme piercing fans, voluntary amputees, heavy genital modifications- regardless of which modification brought them to us, almost everyone had at least one tattoo.
Here’s modification legend Jack Yount filling in some work on his back, early 1990s. Jack had an impressive roster of body modification procedures but his tattoos, which ranged from the whimsical to the erotic, were probably the most time consuming.
By the time I met Jack Yount at Bud Pierson’s tattoo shop in Orlando Florida in early 1990 he had already been castrated and had been slowly enlarging his scrotum through silicone injections administered by famed/reviled modification doctor John Ronald Brown at his Mexico City clinic.
The effect of the silicone injections was otherworldly in it’s extremity; Jack was not going for subtlety. These photos show him in the beginning stages of his enlargement project- using metal rings (as well as leather straps and weighted leather bags) to temporarily stretch his scrotum. They were taken before his castration in the mid/late 1980s.
Last year a generous donation from a Sacred Debris reader allowed us to buy a 30+ year old refurbished 8mm VCR that’s been instrumental in working through our backlog of steadily aging 8mm cassettes from my personal archives as well as the Jack Yount collection. Some of the content has appeared here on the blog while others were been prepped for private archival (due to content or discretion) and storage. It’s a slow process, but the footage that’s been saved has been worth it; truly one of a kind content.
Unfortunately, as happens quite often when you’re dealing with old and unstable technology, our 8mm player has given up the ghost and I’m back at a standstill on that material until our replacement unit comes in. Frustration comes with the territory but at least there were still 8mm players to be found on eBay so it wasn’t a total mess.
According to my end of year (2015) poll, the majority of Sacred Debris readers work in some capacity at piercing or tattoo shops. So I’m not sure that a NOT SAFE FOR WORK tag is entirely necessary (if you work at a piercing shop that has issues with you looking at photos of Jack and Sid, you should probably find a new job) but tellingly enough when I use it I get greater reach on the post. Continue reading →
As my wife and I busily prepare our luggage for this weekend’s trip to the Walt Disney World Resort in (rainy) Orlando, Florida I thought it was only fitting that I put together some very NSFW photos of Jack Yount’s Disney tattoos for archival here at Sacred Debris.
Jack’s quaint little house in Zephyrhills was filled with paintings and statues- mostly homoerotic subject matter but with a noticeable presence of Disneyana; he was a great fan of Mickey Mouse and the Disney animated films and in the early 1990s began a full leg tattoo of iconic Disney moments by Ancient Art’s Just Plain Bud Pierson. The tattoos were a whimsical contrast to Jack’s other more shocking body modifications; the placement of Timothy Mouse 1 shrieking in horror at the sight of his subincised penis was intentionally tongue in cheek.
Jack was very encouraging when I decided on a Disney-themed tattoo for my own back-piece (pictured above at Scarwars2 in LA) by Inksmith & Roger’s Mike Wilson.
The photos include Disney tattoos by Bud, Jack’s pieced, split and silicone enhanced penis and R.S.- the owner of the infamous removed split penis that ended up in a jelly jar.
I spent some time this week cleaning up my ‘unused clips’ folder and decided to breathe a little life into some outtakes from the Safe Guide to Professional Piercing series. This footage was cut from the Prince Albert segment; the client had been marked for nipple piercing but decided last minute not to have it done at the same time of his PA with a post-script scene of him being shaved….
Famed UK Body Artist Alan ‘Mr. Sebastian’ Oversby infamously owned a pillow stuffed with pubic hair and Jack and Sailor Sid were often seen in their videos collecting contributions for it.
This one features Jack- in a rare PG rated appearance, talking about Pauline Clarke’s newly launched Piercing World Magazine, the current issue of PFIQ and a funny conversation with some South Florida auto-mechanics. ~ Jack Yount, Piercing World & PFIQ
In the five years I knew him, almost every conversation I had with Jack Yount ended with him dropping his drawers. It didn’t really matter what he was talking about or even who he was talking to- at some point the pants would come down and he’d take you on a tour of his latest tattoo work or modification project. It never seemed strange or inappropriate; if anything wearing pants seems like a hinderance and inconvenience and when he finally got to take them off he was much more at ease. That’s how I like to remember Jack; big smile and no pants.
When I originally posted this clip back in 2014 I cut it down to a safe for work edit; so consider this the ‘R-rated director’s cut’ of Jack’s show & tell with Sailor Sid. There were no notations on the VHS master, but I’m assuming this was filmed sometime in the late 1980s at Sid’s South Florida Silver Anchor Tattoo Studio.
I’ve been collating pictures of the Disney tattoos my friend and mentor Jack Yount had tattooed on him for a future post; like myself Jack was a huge fan of the ‘house of the mouse’ and chose to have a full leg tattoo of classic Disney characters by Ancient Art’s (Orlando) Bud Pierson, who was also responsible for the stomach and right leg aquatic tattoos.
For some reason this photo, which for for the most part doesn’t feature any Disneyana (save for a peek of Pinnochio, Goofy and a little of Ariel’s hair) caught my eye so it’s presented here, solo, while I finish compiling the rest of the photos and put them in the to-be-scanned queue.
Jack’s penis, by this point, was heavily injected with silicone from famed Modification Doctor Ronald Brown.