OVOversby78: Sebastian Tattooing


Borrowing from our Tattoo site Occult Vibrations, this 1978 photo features Alan Oversby at his London studio doing a small flower tattoo on a client’s posterior. Before his career as a tattoo artist and body piercer Alan was an art teacher, leaving the secure world of higher learning to follow his passion for body art. Alan passed away in 1996.

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.

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