Eye on Tampa Bay

In the early 1990s, Master Piercer Jack Yount appeared on a local Tampa talkshow called ‘Eye on Tampa Bay’ with host Kathy Fountain. He was joined by piercers Mike Natali of Bravo! and Silver Anchor and Vincent Weiner and Tasha Berg who hosted the Pinns and Needles events with a small group of piercing fans (myself included) in the audience to help balance out the retirees and elementary school students.

It’s hard to imagine a time when this was considered shocking to daytime TV watchers- but despite us all feeling like animals at the zoo, Jack handled it with his usual wit and charm.

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Shawn Porter has spent the majority of his life in the modification world. As a body modification archivist and documentarian, he has one of the most extensive collections of documents relating to the early American body modification community in existence. He edited the SPC website from 1995 to 2005, co-founded ModCon, was the host of ModCons 3.5 and 4, and created and hosted The Scarwars Project from 2004-2007. In 2011 Shawn launched Occult Vibrations, a blog devoted to traditional American tattoos with a focus on the occult and esoteric. He currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife Julia and their creepy pets Mr. Bailey Papers and L. RonBenet Ramsey.

4 comments

    1. I think people just take for granted that piercing is welcome at Tattoo Conventions these days- it’s a shame that Tasha & Vince’s PINNS AND NEEDLES events have been all but forgotten by the masses- they were pioneers in mixing modification with tattooing at conventions.

  1. I absolutely LOVE these old videos of Jack! He was so soft voiced and seems he had a good sense of humor, really just seemed like an awesome person to be around period. Can’t wait to see some more of these!

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