If you look at the BME Encyclopedia on it’s founder Shannon Larratt 1 under the subcategory of “Personal Body Modifications” it lists his blackwork forearm tattoos as the result of a dare. While I know the stories behind quite a few of his tattoos (coverup of matching symbols, a love of homoerotic S/M iconography) I can’t say I was privy to the story of being dared to get heavy blackwork half sleeves.
Shannon sent this 4×6 print to me sometime in the 1990s to be published on my spcOnline site.
I received these Polaroids in the mid 1990s from a gentleman I met through Ken Schein’s UNIQUE contact group; at the time I was considering a frenum piercing with the intention of settling on a larger gauge. It would take me almost another decade to finally go ahead with it, an initial 2g frenum performed by piercer Sean Philips, but that paled in comparison to my pen pal’s astonishingly enlarged piercing.
The 7/16″ x 8″ bolt mentioned in the annotation is being used as an ad hoc urethral sound.
I’ve been slowly working on editing an 8mm video sourced from the original cassette of RS having his bisected penis/scrotum reworked by Dr. Ronald Brown into a vagina for the last few weeks. It’s a daunting process, two hours of video with each uncompressed clip ranging from 10gb to 45gb that’s taxing the limits of my steadily aging MacBook Pro. I never met RS in person; our interactions were through honest to goodness pen and paper correspondence, so I never had the opportunity to ask him why, after years of self surgery fully bisecting both his penis and his scrotum, he decided to have the while works turned into a vagina, but I’m willing to bet the answer is as simple as ‘because I wanted to’ or ‘because I can’ which I’ll gladly take.
Dr. Brown explains in the tape that the procedure he uses relocates glans tissue to provide a functional clitoris, and erectile tissue from the shaft to allow for outer labia that engorge when erect. One of the benefits of Brown’s outlaw surgeries was that he could deal in experimentation; if he had a patient who wanted a penectomy he could offer them a free procedure in exchange for their consent to perform it in stages, allowing him to hone new techniques for his SRS patients.
I wrote about the leftovers from RS’s surgeries back in 2008 on BME/NEWS: The Curious Case of the Human Shiitake. It seems that the photo attachments are broken, but it’ll give a little backstory on what happened after the procedure that’ll hopefully be worth a laugh.
The process of getting a guiche piercing was, without a doubt, the funniest thing I’ve ever done on all fours involving a surgical marker and a sharp implement. Those who’ve been around the piercing scene long enough to remember the knee/chest method of performing a guiche will likely also remember the ‘winky spot’ portion of the procedure. Jack Yount performed this guiche piercing in 1986 at a Knoxville, TN tattoo convention. I’ve been trying to find out more info on who did the client’s tattoos but so far no luck.
When I first approached Jack Yount about the possibility of doing my meatotomy, he gave me a photocopy of a chart of basic line drawings of possible male genital modifications with exotic names like the Full Persian Butterfly and Cobra to educate me on some of the options available. To this day I have no idea where or when the drawings originated, just that Jack had a folder of them ready for anyone interested in his modification work.
The gentleman in these photos may have seen Jack’s chart, detailing the process of forming his own Cobra.
These date back to the late 80s/early 90s.
My first in person meeting with BME founder Shannon Larratt came three years after we connected via email over a post I made in the rec.arts.bodyart Usenet group announcing a memorial event we were holding to celebrate the life of my friend and mentor Jack Yount. Shannon was in Detroit to purchase a Kit Car 1 and I was there to meet him. Having chatted into the wee hours of the morning almost daily for the previous few years and getting to know him as well as could be expected from our digital communication, I found him to be as socially awkward in person as anticipated, but also very inquisitive and dryly funny.
We took a few rolls of film of each other’s modifications, had a mediocre hotel dinner (Shannon was afraid to leave the hotel) and like our online chats, ended up staying up all night riffing on anything that came into our heads; body modification, cinema, and instances of same sex masturbation amongst hockey players as an act of male bonding.
These photos (and the video below) were taken in 1998.
Video of the non-modification portions of our 1998 chat has been archived, but since it’s just 3am ramblings between a few friends hasn’t been shared publicly.