FEB79JIMA: Guiche Gauntlet (NSFW)

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Model: Jim A.
Piercer: Jim Ward.
Piercing: Guiche, Scrotum.
Year: February 1979.

A few weeks ago I went off on a (good natured) rant about the recent trend in the piercing community to have custom gold threaded jewelry made, often at considerable expense, in designs as varied as slices of pizza, Harry Potter iconography and Jersey shore tattoo classics like infinity symbols, feathers and Playboy bunnies.

Since there’s really nothing new under the sun, I instantly thought of early piercing personality Jim A. (who’s been featured on SD several times) and his amazing guiche weight that was made to resemble Gauntlet’s iconic logo. In the early days of western piercing the guiche weight was a fairly popular item, but as far as originality and style goes- no one really beat Jim.

Edit: Jim Ward shared this: “Thank you for the kind words. Jim Anderson was a great guy who died too early probably from AIDS. I personally sculpted that fist weight. It was cast in silver, not gold.”

Jim may be inclined to recast these weights if there’s an interest- and there should be!

 

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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. HI IVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THE GUICHE GAUNTLET PIERCING RING ON A LOT OF WEB SITES BUT WITH NO LUCK AND AFTER SEEING THE PICTURE OF THE PIERCING ON YOUR WEB PAGE I WANTED ONE..
    SO COULD U PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE I CAN PURCHASE ONE… ALAN THANK U..

    1. Hey Alan- I’m not sure who still makes guiche weights, to be honest. They’re not quite as popular. I know Jim (of the Gauntlet) had said if there was an interest he might put them back into production, but there have been no updates.

      1. Thank u for replying but it’s a pity that I can’t buy one because I’m new to piercings and have 4 rings in my testIsles and would have loved having the gaunlet there as well but it’s a pity it would have been nice to have it there as well… U’ll just have to persuade him to make them again and I’ll be the first one to buy one !! Thank you anyway just let me know if he decide to make them again… Thank you Alan

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