Dennis Avner- Stalking Cat

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The first time I met Dennis Avner- Stalking Cat-  in person was at Pierson International Airport in Toronto the night before ModCon3. We picked him up in the huge passenger van that was rented for the weekend, offered him dinner which he politely refused and brought him to his hotel, which caused quite a stir with the reception staff who’d never seen a human tiger before.

He proved to be quite a character. In the years that I knew him I never saw his back and chest tattoos in person, so these photos were quite a find. Facial tattoos by Larry Hanks, 1985.

Dennis Avner August 27, 1958 – November 5, 2012.

Top photo features tattoo legend Bob Shaw, scanned from 4×6 print. 1980s photos scanned from 3×5 prints. ModCon photo of Philip Barbosa, Erik Sprague and Dennis Avner ©2001 Bme/ModCon.

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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 Italian Greyhound, Bailey, and his wife Julia.

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  1. I’ve never seen a below the face picture of him, or even a picture of him younger and skinnier. I didn’t realize his face tats went so far back in time. I can just imagine the public reactions in 1985! I didn’t get my intial tiny 14 GA nipple piercings until 1987 and was creating crowds in Hollywood with them THEN!

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