RGC: Palm Branding

Without a doubt, having my palms tattooed was the single most painful tattoo experience I’ve ever had. Any other infamously sensitive spot: ribs, armpits, inner thighs or throat I’d gladly do again to never have to experience the sensation of having my palms poked.

While putting this video together I couldn’t help but remember the pain and to commiserate with the gentleman whose palm Ron was branding. I can only imagine the hellish healing process.

Ron Garza is an internationally recognized and respected Body Modification artist currently in California, USA. He travels constantly in the role of body piercer, modification and scarification artist, lecturer and teacher. He’s been generous enough to share his collection with the Sacred Debris project, so check his tag for more.

He can be reached via his website: http://www.rongarza.com

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.


  1. I recall the palm being a particularly painful tattoo also.

    I’m impressed with the way the guy handled this brand, he’s a much tougher man than I

  2. I recall the palm being a particularly painful tattoo also.

    I’m impressed with the way the guy in the video handled the pain, he’s a much tougher man than I. Id also like to see how that healed up

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