Starting Small


It’s hard to argue ‘discrete modifications’ when Jack Yount had to have custom tailored pants made to accommodate his silicone enhanced penis and scrotum, but by and large his generation preferred to keep things out of the public eye.

Towards the end of his life- no doubt emboldened by the scores of visible modifications coming through his Zephyrhills Florida home- he became much more comfortable with work that clothes wouldn’t cover. He got tattooed above the collar (Kanji on his neck) and his nostril and labret pierced, and most surprisingly decided to stretch his earlobe.

This photo shows where he started; skipping the ‘give it time’ ethos and going right to a large (00g? Half Inch?) Silver Anchor tunnel from the get-go. It was taken in 1995.

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.

4 thoughts on “Starting Small

  1. I was given those plugs of his and a larger set as well after he passed away as a gift. I’m not certain what size he started with, but one of them was 1/2 inch, and the largest was close to an inch.

    Paul King and I just discussed Jack’s earlobe stretching at the BMXnet 2014 event. Jack had told me that he was inspired by our ears, and started a bit after he visited “the boys,” (Kristian White, Blake Perlingieri and colleagues) at the original Nomad in San Francisco. It felt like he was really enjoying new opportunities to show his body art eccentricities.

  2. It amazes me how someone with Jack Yount’s background in body modification would warn against stretched lobes, lol. Would give ANYTHING to be able to have met him! Truly a personal hero!

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