Grandpa Groovy’s 1988 RVA Convention Excerpt

A different edit of this content appeared on Occult Vibrations in October of 2013, focusing on the tattooers working the 1988 RVA Tattoo Convention hosted by Grandpa Groovy. I was scanning through my ‘rejected clips’ folder and found this snippet- featuring Master Piercer Jack Yount showing off his backside tattoos and a nipple piercing being performed on the convention floor. Fairly uncommon for the late 1980s.

It’s a quickie, running just over two minutes.


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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