Since the 1990s, Todd Bertrang has been one of the most controversial figures in the Body Modification community.
An innovator with initial large gauge piercing, an advocate of herbal aftercare and unarguably the main practitioner responsible for the upswing of consensual female genital modification/nullification in the 2000s, Todd has been praised, vilified and even imprisoned for his highly sexualized body modification practices.
Luna Duran sat down with Todd on 04.27.2013 in Philadelphia to discuss his techniques, career and ideologies. In this clip he talks about homeopathic aftercare and being at odds with more traditional piercing techniques. Todd’s sexual proclivities have often overshadowed his contributions to modern piercing; but his techniques and aftercare have been successfully used by scores of piercers in the two decades since he developed them and regardless of the controversy he often causes still remains an enigmatic figure that’s always sure to inspire debate.
For more information on Todd, Shannon Larratt’s 2008 interview with him is an excellent primer:
Luz de Luna Duran is a Professional Body Artist currently living in Richmond, Virginia. She is known as an established practitioner licensed in Body Piercing and Permanent Cosmetics Tattooing. Her reputation and standards have allowed her many opportunities to travel and work in reputable shops. Fueled by a passion for self expression, she is tireless in her quest for the safest practices and highest standards. She seeks to enrich her experience in the field while recognizing the importance of knowing where these practices originated; thereby learning their greater significance in human experience and history.