During the planning stages of the fourth ModCon event I received a call from our patron, Shannon Larratt of BMEZINE, asking what I was thinking about for an event tshirt. By that point most of us had a closet full of black t-shirts from other events so I suggested we think about using navy blue to lighten things up a little bit but still keep it dark enough that we retained our gothy street cred. With that agreed on, and with it being the fourth Modcon, I also asked if we could politely borrow the iconic Fantastic Four logo from Marvel and mash it up with the iconic split penis that had been on all of the other Modcon tees.
In less than a day Shannon whipped something up that made us both laugh and remains one of my favorite event shirts.
Earlier today my old friend Janice posted this photo of her MC4 shirt on Instagram; I love seeing it cracked and worn down but still obviously very much loved.
In the photo: Dustin, Phil, Blair.
Procedure: Scalpelled Tongue Piercing.
Year: Unknown. 2001?
Received some great news out of Canada today from my friend Philip, which makes this post perfectly timed. This photo originally ran in the early 2000s on the spcOnline website and features body piercer Dustin, photographer Philip (center) and modification artist Blair and was taken shortly after Philip’s large gauge tongue scalpelling by Blair. The jewelry, Phil tells me, was nylon and apparently was very prone to being stained by just about anything he ate.
“Dennis who used to make Jewellery at Stainless Studios (maybe he worked at newtribe too…) made it for me. At the time Denis was mostly making prince wands out of his loft under DMT or design machine technologies. Since it was only meant to last long enough for the initial healing it was made from nylon. At the time many many body modification practitioners where playing around with nylon jewellery and implants. The implants back then where not the fancy sculpted anatomy changing things you see today. Often it was some nylon rods inserted with needles and a push bar. You would see them if you pinched the skin. Teflon came along as a more common material for things like this a year after I had mine done.” – Philip
Philip was the photographer for all of the ModCon events as well as the first Scarwars. He’s wearing the event t-shirt from the second Modcon.
Over the years we made so many event t-shirts that it’s hard to pick a favorite- but if I absolutely had to choose I’d probably go with this Dave Gilstrap design from the first Scarwars in Philadelphia, PA May of 2005.
These were originally made available for pre-order to help generate funds (and interest) for the event and quickly sold out long before we made the first cutting at Scarwars. This was the only design I ever broke my ‘one and done’ promise for with a second printing made available the following year for Scarwars 2, this time featuring an added orange screen for the flame/phoenix.
One of the most fun parts of hosting any event- from the backyard BBQs to the more organized events like ModCon and Scarwars- was having an excuse to make an event shirt. Long after all of the stresses of organizing a get-together have faded you still have that little reminder in your closet. Maybe a little worn out and not in the best shape, but hell- that’s the way some of us felt after the events were over.
This was one of the designs for the third Scarwars event, hosted in Philadelphia in October 2007. It features artwork by attending cutter Dave Gilstrap and was printed in Philadelphia by Awesome Dudes Printing.