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.
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.
Client: Jack Yount
Subincision self done
Perineum tattoo Sailor Sid
Scrotum amputation Dr. Ronald Brown
Urethral re-route: Dr. Ronald Brown
Stomach tattooing: Bud Pierson
Year: 1994 (March)
Location: Zephyrhills, Fla
Due to complications with the teflon coating on one of the stainless steel balls implanted in Jack Yount’s scrotum (he had been castrated and had his testicles replaced with steel) he suffered an infection that turned gangrenous necessitating the amputation of his scrotum. The scar that starts just above his flame tattoo and runs up his shaft is the healed results of the amputation.
His penis had been subincised and his glans split/pierced and the hole that’s visible in the center of the flame tattoo was where his urethra was rerouted to via surgery. His justification for the urethral relocation was difficulty in urinating due to the increase in penis size from silicone injections, but his later experimentation with growing breasts via HRT (and injected silicone) opens up the possibility of different reasons for the opening; Jack kept some of his modifications shrouded in mystery.
The full import is finally complete on SUBINCISION FUN, the video originally submitted to the spcOnline site in 1996/7 by my friend JM 1 2, who was one of the most fascinating and genuine modification fans I met through Ken Schein’s UNIQUE mailing list during the tenure of my subscription. He was a renaissance man and a true gentleman, preferring to “not cuss around Ladies” and giving his lecture on ‘Tens Units for Pain Management in Body Modification’ at the 1999 ModCon event using the word doodlehanger in place of penis as not to offend.
When we started corresponding his letter usually derailed quickly from our modification talk and we’d share stories of travel, kinky sex and adventure. J was an edge player who got into modification through sexual exploration; if putting things in your penis felt good, he reasoned, it would make sense to split the underside open to expose even more of the sensitive urethra. He recorded his adventures- photographs, VHS tapes and plaster molds of his cutting progress which he’d share with other modification fans he met along the way.
One of the most hardcore bits of play from his contribution was- and I can’t emphasize do not try this at home enough– urethral sounding with a ballon filled with mercury 3. He claimed to have been turned on by the surging of the mercury inside of his penis. A rubber band was tied to the balloon and secured over his glans to avoid the balloon going further than expected.
This short clip features him inserting the balloon in his urethra. I’ve seen this footage dozens of times and it still makes fills me with a nervous awe.
Sandbox members: the extended edit is up for you folks. Enjoy!
- J: Subincision Interview ↩
- J: Story of a Subincision ↩
- Symptoms of mercury poisoning include: tremors; emotional changes (e.g., mood swings, irritability, nervousness, excessive shyness); insomnia; neuromuscular changes (such as weakness, muscle atrophy, twitching); headaches; disturbances in sensations; changes in nerve responses; performance deficits on tests of cognitive function. At higher exposures there may be kidney effects, respiratory failure and death. ↩
There is no order to my archives.
There’s no master sheet with precise locations of each individual item. No logbook or cataloguing system. It all just is. Proper archivists/librarians would be horrified at how it’s all set up. But I have to admit that it’s a lot of fun to open a box to see what’s in it and discover a sixteen year old CD-Rom backup of some uncompressed, unbranded spcOnline content. Some of it never ended up on the website; I had been contracted to shoot a few tattoo conventions for BME and having submitted the finished photos only some were used. The rest have been on that disc for a decade and a half. I found some great pictures- a client with some amazing cutting by Raelyn Gallina & Keith Alexander, a tight lacing devotee who I’d seen in Fakir’s Body Play & Modern Primitives Quarterly and, surprisingly, this 30 odd second import of an 8mm tape from the Jack Yount Collection that I had started working on in 1998.
The very brief snippet includes Jack and R.S. doing a show & tell of their modifications; in Jack’s case that included a full subincision and glans splitting and extensive silicone enhancement, and for R.S. it was a fully bisected penis and scrotum. This footage was filmed in San Diego before the gentlemen went for a visit to Dr. Ronald Brown for some surgical work. The rest of the tape exists and will hopefully one day be converted for preservation.
I always get a little nervous when I start digitizing a twenty year old VHS tape but so far the conversion of Subincision Fun has been mostly free of defects despite the deteriorating physical condition of the tape itself.
The tape- which is a combination show and tell, subincision procedural and extreme edge play (that includes urethral sounding with a balloon filled with mercury) was sent to me almost two decades ago by J 1 2 with who’s permission I shared it with Shannon Larratt of BME. It eventually ended up for sale on the BME/Videos site, with J being one of the only organized speakers at the five ModCon events.
Hopefully the rest of the conversion will go smoothly.
One of the fun things about updating the SD site (or our tumblr) is the chain effect; one photo leading me to think about something else and seeing where that takes me. The header photo for the ‘ModCocks‘ article, for example, featured plaster molds of my friend J’s subincision progress, which led me to see if I could find the first VHS tape he sent me somewhere between 1996-1998.
J and I met through the UNIQUE club and began corresponding through letters and eventually video tape exchanges. He was charming; a true Gent and adventurer who was in the process of subincising himself; and thankfully he was documenting his progress with photographs, video tapes and plaster molds.
I introduced him to Shannon Larratt, who featured him several times on BME 1 2 who invited him with my recommendation to speak at the inaugural ModCon event in 1999. (his speech was on tens units as pain management during genital modification. He infamously referred to penises as ‘doodlehangers’ to avoid offending our female guests)
I believe this tape was at one time available for purchase on the old BME/Video site. I look forward to seeing if my copy is salvageable.
From his BME Interview:
J: I’d say that just because some people who cut themselves are seriously emotionally disturbed does not mean that everyone who appreciates the artistry or eroticism of genital mods is crazy. Our society is heavily oriented towards machines, and machines work great when they deal with a uniform, predictable product, including us . . . to quote a bright young Harvard graduate (whom I shall identify in just a moment),
" . . . our society tends to regard as a 'sickness' any mode of thought or behavior that is inconvenient for the system, and this is plausible because when an individual doesn't fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a 'cure' for a 'sickness' and therefore as good."
In a world that seems bent on packing us all into conformist crypts because a nonconformist is a thorn in the side of educators, consumerist capitalism, and the not-really-two-party political system, a strong natural drive for individuality must find an outlet or risk madness. I believe body art provides one such outlet. Ralph Waldo Emerson, a great American philosopher born nearly 200 years ago, said, “The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.” Too much of a good thing. Body art is nonconformist and it gives people a relatively safe way of acting out. The Harvard grad, by the way, was Ted Kaczynski.