Before piercing was an industry or even a community it was a scene. With ties to leather, BD/SM, swinging and kink it’s practitioners were often hobbyists-fetishists who were as likely to be getting pierced as they were to be doing it. Get togethers like Doug Malloy’s T&P parties as well as innumerable get togethers in hotels, play spaces and backrooms found piercing devotees having fun regardless of what side of the needle they were on.
Jim Ward’s GAUNTLET would change the concept of a piercer from a fetish player to a specialized career; showing someone a few tricks became an apprenticeships between mentors and students. Then came classes and intensives, seminars and instructional videos and even a yearly conference where the best and brightest in the Industry gather to share what they know to other piercers hoping to further hone their techniques.
While I think progress is always a good thing, I miss the scene days; the sexually adventurous meeting up to have a little fun, pierce each other and make videos to share with those not lucky enough to live close to other piercing and modification devotees. Sailor Sid Diller’s shop in Fort Lauderdale was a beacon to men interested in body piercing, and Sid himself was a tireless documentarian. This clip features some amateur piercing at Sid’s with Big Ed Fenster of Silver Anchor Body Jewelry.
As with most of the history videos presented here on Sacred Debris- this should not be considered a how-to, nor should the lax standards of sterility and cross contamination be encouraged.