SCARWARS: Tattoo/Scarification Hybrid



Originally posted on the SCARWARS blog, this hybrid cutting/tattoo is a collaboration between modification artist Brian Decker and tattoo artist Joy Rumore. While cutting/branding into blackwork tattoos is semi-common it’s rare to see scars used as a three dimensional outline. If I remember correctly, the cutting was originally done over an existing tattoo (the darker part of the tattoo) and the lighter colors were added after the cutting was fully healed and the scars matured.

I’ve seen this cutting ‘settle’ over the years and it’s showing no signs of definition loss; the outline (scar) is still very crisp and the colors are still holding despite no black outline.

The story of getting this photo is an adventure unto itself; the scar’s owner met up with us for dinner and allowed the pictures to be taken in the restaurant’s tiny (barely big enough for one) ladies room. It took a lot of arranging to get the shot and certainly raised a few eyebrows as several people- one of whom carrying a large SLR camera, came piling out of the rest room.


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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