The documentation of the early western Body Piercing scene isn’t exactly filled with diversity. Piercing was something enjoyed by a very small percent of the population and in that circle gay white males were the most active, but by no means only, participants. Early PFIQs frequently featured female (to the horror of some) piercings/models, but in the grand scheme of things it was males documenting males. Sailor Sid’s shop, for instance, advertised itself as being for ‘gay males only’ though obviously exceptions were made like in the case of this rare photo of Sid doing a female nipple piercing.
I’ve heard about entire collections of photos being destroyed after a piercing devotee passes away; Will executors wanting to ‘tidy up’ a person’s belongings before family members arrive; whole lives worth of documentation being lost to the world. It makes me think about the people in the early piercing scene who weren’t able to come out publicly as piercing and modification fans and what happened to all of their memories and how that possibly leaves certain groups underrepresented.
This photo originally ran in 1998 on the SPCOnline site, and is dated approximately 1980.