This was originally posted to the SD Tumblr blog on 9th September 2014. Raelyn was an inspiration to many, myself included, and her presence is greatly missed in the body modification community.
To my generation, the body artists and pioneers featured in RE/Search Publications iconic MODERN PRIMITIVES are our Major Arcana. In a time where information was hard to come by we read their interviews over and over and took them as the words of our elders, helping to illuminate the path we were on and most importantly to reaffirm to us that we weren’t alone.
Raelyn Gallina was the first artist I ever heard talking about scarification. Her influence as a body modification artist is often overlooked- regrettably overlooked- but you can bet she influenced the people who’ve inspired you.
In the twenty five years that have passed since it’s publication and to my initial introduction to Raelyn I only had the pleasure of meeting her once, but I found her to be a funny, warm and spirited woman who despite dealing with her own medical problems took the time to invite me into her hotel room, tell me some stories and raise a little hell.
Raelyn passed away this weekend. My condolences to her friends and loved ones.