Fresh start for Ken

Last night I started the process of proofreading the next Better Safe than Ari interview; getting everything formatted, cruising Facebook and Instagram to source photos to accompany the text and trying to get it done in time for a self imposed but wholly arbitrary deadline. I fell asleep with the noble goal of finishing everything up today.

When I woke up this morning I learned that the subject of the piece, tattoo artist and former piercer Ken Dean, had suffered a great loss only hours before. The space he was living in burned down. He lost everything he owned save for his car and the clothes on his back and worst of all his two beloved dogs, Tanaka and Barry, were both lost in the fire.

I can’t even begin to imagine what he’s going through right now, processing the loss of his two best friends while having to face the reality of having to completely start over.

A GOFUNDME has been set up in Ken’s name to help with things; should you have a little extra to spare you can find the campaign here: Fresh start for Ken @ Gofundme.

From the upcoming interview:

Ken- We would go over Jack’s house and he was fuckin’ hilarious.  One time I pulled up on my little motorcycle and there was a limo out front – Jack was piercing someone from British Parliament!  There were guards everywhere, he was like, “Ken come back in like an hour!” We’d just hang out and swim in the pool, he’d keep body parts around everywhere, I mean I thought it was neat, any kid would think it was neat!  He had a big fuckin’ statue of David with a towel around it, and one time I pulled the towel off and David had a huge fuckin’ dick, like not the normal David dick.  He had a big painting in his bedroom of Mickey Mouse fucking Donald Duck, he was a fuckin’ funny dude.

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 outside of academia. 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.

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