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Ampallang by Sailor Sid Diller (NSFW)


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I’m sure it’s just because of the ‘no nudity’ restrictions of Instagram/Facebook but it’s still a little strange to see hundreds of piercings a day on my social networking streams and have the great majority of them be above the neck. Now that I’m in my forties I’ve earned the right to constantly remind people that yes, back in my day we had to walk uphill, in the snow, with no shoes on to have our guiches pierced, with externally threaded jewelry and we liked it.

All of this curmudgeonly rambling is a reminder that genital piercings used to be a piercer’s bread & butter and the ‘king pin’ of male genital piercings was the ampallang. Once thought to be potentially fatal if performed incorrectly (the urban legend went that piercing into the corpus cavernosum would cause uncontrollable bleeding that could result in exsanguination) the ampallang is generally considered to be the heaviest male genital piercing as far as healing time and sensation.

Back in the 1970s when these photos were taken- featuring Sailor Sid Diller performing the ampallang- some piercers felt that the pain factor of certain piercings was ‘brutal’ or ‘barbaric’ and, already on the fringes of subculture, would use injectable anesthetics to make the process easier on their clients. We touched on this in April of 2014 with the editorial A lesser ritual with some comment section dialogue on the concept of “earning” a piercing in tow…

My opinions on the subject are fairly predictable; I’m for the client’s right to not experience the pain of a piercing as much as I’m for a piercers right to refuse to use legally or notsolegally obtained anesthetics. Once the ampallang is pierced there can still be a period (days, weeks) of pain, discomfort and bleeding so to anyone who keeps the piercing (my own was abandoned) has, in my book, earned it.

As always, I encourage you folks to share your thoughts in the comments section.

(this post was written and it’s photographs edited at Disney World)

Kinsey’s Ampallang 1979 (NSFW)

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Two years ago tonight I was sitting in front of this same laptop, staring at a similar WordPress window, watching the clock as I fussed over what was to be the inaugural post of the soon to launch Sacred Debris blog, checking for spelling mistakes and making sure the flow was right. It’s been a good run so far, and as I look into the third year of the project I’m still not sure what the future is going to bring and which direction I’m going to take it. That’s not a bad thing, really, and if you can’t reflect on that sort of thing as a new year starts, when can you?

I think we featured some really amazing content in 2015; resurrecting my 1998 meeting with Shannon Larratt was a highlight for me, having not seen the footage I shot since the 1990s brought back a lot of great nostalgia from when things were different in the community. Not better, just different. Talking to him about people with tongue splittings being in the single to lower double digits is really a nodal point for how much things have changed in the last decade and a half-ish. We could have never dreamed that body modification would become so casual and something you take for granted that people just have.

I was elated to discover a long thought lost 8mm video conversation I recorded with PFIQ/Drummer artist Bud Larsen. It’s been one of my big regrets, losing the media from my visit to meet him in 2001 and finding the tape in a mislabeled case was a blessing and while I wasn’t the best interviewer in the world represents what may be Bud’s only formal interview.

I also recorded new content for the blog this year, with a still to be edited oral history with Jack Yount’s apprentice and former Silver Anchor General Manager and Bravo! Body Jewelry owner Mike Natali and a shorter oral history with retired tattoo artist and gay erotic writer/editor J.D. I have a lot to learn about recording oral histories, but I really hope to do more of it in the year(s) to come.

I want to thank everyone who’s supported the blog for their kind words, tips and reassurance that it’s worth it to keep my head in the past. Without you folks all of these photos and videos would just be data; your support and interest breathes life into it and keeps me going.

For our last post of 2015- The Ampallang. It’s a serious piercing that even the most devoted piercing fan has to think twice about. My own ampallang lasted less than two weeks; long enough for me to endure the unique sensation of having a barbell going through the glans of my penis and long enough for me to realize it just wasn’t for me.

These photos date back to 1979 and feature Kinsey M. having his ampallang pieced by an unknown piercer. Jim Ward suspects it may have ben performed by Jim Anderson, but without a clear face shot it’s hard to tell. Notice the bandaid on the piercer’s finger; it was likely there to provide a little cushion on the fingertip to help the needles- which weren’t nearly as sharp as the ones we use today- go through the tissue a little easier.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Where the action is (NSFW)

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I’ve almost completed archiving the 1978 Sailor Sid London album; some of the highlights have been posted here on Sacred with others in queue for future updates- but this one caught my eye so I bumped it to the head of the line. Sid (left), unknown (middle) and Alan Oversby (right) standing under a sign reading ‘where the action is’ connected via nipple and genital piercings.

tumblr_n7ecfcHJMh1town8so1_1280Take note of the pubic wing tattoos on Alan and client- In ancient Roman culture the fascinus (winged phallus) was an avatar of the divine penis. it was no wonder that the early T&P Community, which was primarily (but not exclusively) made up of gay males, adopted the symbol as a popular tattoo design. Visually it exoticized the pubic area, and when designed correctly made the wearers penis to appear longer. Typically it was brightly colored bird wings, but as the wings got more popular variations such as bat and dragon wings would occasionally show up. Alan  was a driving force in the upswing in Fascinus tattoos.

PNU: Piercing Nerds Unite

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I’ve been talking a lot lately with friends about how to make Sacred Debris appeal to a broader audience. As a non-profit enterprise that finds clickbait abhorrent, we stand nothing to gain from new viewers aside from the satisfaction of uniting a bunch of nerdy piercing, tattooing and body modification fans with access to things that most folks wouldn’t really care about.

We would probably get more viewer engagement if I posted fancy septum clickers every few hours instead of 40 year old mailing labels, but… tell me.. how COOL is this?

Peeled from a letter from Mr. Sebastian (Alan Oversby) to Sailor Sid Diller it’s history in your hands!

SPCJAY8701: Jack Yount

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Jack Yount.
Approximately 1987.
Nipple Piercings.
Photographer Unknown.
Original Source: 35mm 3×5 print.

Jack Yount is mostly remembered for his extreme modifications; silicone and surgeries helped reshape him physically and it’s very easy to forget that before his collaborations with Dr. Ronald Brown, Jack was a piercing and tattoo devotee. This photograph dates back to the late 1980s and finds Jack putting a few pens into his stretched nipple piercings.

TEAM BME Patches!

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In 1995, my spcOnline was a fledgling body modification site hosted on America Online. AOL. As an ISP, they seemingly had no problem with the body modification content I was posting but I was TOS’d and my site removed over a topless photo of adult film star Nina Hartley that was part of an article I had written on my personal diary page.

Shannon Larratt graciously offered unlimited server space on the BME servers, with no prohibition on content,  where my site remained for a decade before I finally retired it in 2005. My time with BME, Shannon and his wife Rachel helped spawn BME/Extreme, ModCon, and Scarwars and directly influenced Occult Vibrations and Sacred Debris.

Fifteen years after first meeting her, I still rely on Rachel for an ear to bend when I’ve got a new idea for a project or just a funny, snarky story to tell at three in the morning. She’s been through a lot over the last few years and she still does her best to keep things going. Recently her home and the majority of her belongings were damaged in a natural disaster in South Carolina.

The fine folks @ Metadope have put out two rad BME patches with funds going to help Rachel and Ari. 

Grab some patches, support 20 years of Body Modification documentation and have a happy Halloween!

Viking Navaro: Tusks Aplenty

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A few weeks ago I spotted an older Leather Daddy at my bar wearing an old-school septum tusk. The gent was dressed to the nines- Biker Cap, Jacket, Harness and all of the requisite attitude that comes with being a proper Leatherman. But the tusk!

Once I realized what I was seeing (we keep it fairly dark at the bar) I left my usual spot to go track him down, offer him a drink and comment on his choice of septum adornment, but as often happens he had slipped away before I could find him.

I’ll take one proper bone tusk over 20 hinged, jewel studded baubles. SD favorite “Viking Navaro” was certainly fond of them, even wearing one in his nipple piercing! This photograph is from 1983 and features Bud and a fellow T&P fan showing off. Bud was also vacuum pumping his penis & scrotum (full image here: http://sacreddebris.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/TITUSK.jpg) but I decided to go with a more (questionably) safe for work version of the photo.

I hope that the tusk’d Leatherman and I cross paths again!

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Model: Rudy I.
Year: Early 1980s.
Tattoo Artist: Various (including Alan Mr. Sebastian Oversby)

I first met Rudy in the early/mid 1990s through the UNIQUE classified ads. A self described ‘tattoo and piercing enthusiast’, Rudy and I exchanged letters and photographs over the years, sharing stories of our own modifications and experiences. Our correspondence eventually fell off and, as is prone to happen, we lost touch with one another. I’m not sure what ever happened to him, though many of his letters are still in my collection.

Rudy is briefly mentioned in an article by Gauntlet’s Jim Ward: http://runningthegauntlet-book.com/BME/jimward/20050715.html

In 1996 Rudy sent me a photocopy of a profile on him from the NTA’s 1 magazine- what follows is a transcript. He did not provide a month/year/issue number.


My interest in tattoos became activated as a youngster in 1954 when I read a critique about Hanns Ebenstein’s book “Pierced Hearts and True Love” in a local newspaper in my native Switzerland. I wrote to Hanns, who in return put me in contact with one of the most famous British artists, Rich Mingins in London. 1955 I was sent to London for further education and then met Rich in person. The same year, probably the first national convention to place in a pub in London, organized by Rich Mingins, , Les Skuse from Bristol and Jessie Knight from Aldershot. This was also the start of my photo collection.

In 1957 I emigrated to the United States and got really involved in tattooing. My first tattoos were done by sailor Eddie Evans in Camden, New Jersey and Paul Rogers who then work with him. Work by Phil Sparrow (Chicago), (then Crazy) Philadelphia Eddie Funk, Huck Spaulding (Albany, N.Y.) and Buddy Mott (Rhode Island) followed.

I then realized that very many people are interested in tattooing, but had difficulties meeting others of the same interest. Therefore, in 1963 some friends and I in New York decided to do something about it. We found it the “Tattoo Club of America “, probably the first American Tattoo club. I collected news items related tattooing and in January 1964 published the first periodical dedicated tattoos, the “Tattoo News”. As a supplement the “History of Tattooing” was added from time to time. Tattoo tidbits and instructive news items, very much in the vein of the column now written by Lal Hardy for “Tattoo international”, where the main attraction of the publication.

On 5 October, 1964 I organized probably the first tattoo convention in the U.S.A. – and if you hadn’t already guessed it, Elizabeth Weinziril was, of course, there. That was the time when a few young artist such a sailor Jerry Collins of Honolulu started to change the style of American tattoos. The beginnings were small and the magazine only mimeographed, but it was a start. Unfortunately my job became more and more demanding so that the December 1966 issue of “Tattoo News” was the last to appear. I had nothing to do with the later magazine which took over my title.

In 1970 the cutback in the defense industry in the USA for which I worked as a physicist, forced me to look around and I went to Munich, Germany to work for a German firm. In 1973 this firm sent me to England, where George Bone and Alan Oversbyin London have mainly worked on me since. I have not missed a single convention of the TCCB be since its beginning and felt very honored when I was asked on several occasions to be on the jury of the beauty contests.

It is good to see that the Tattoo tradition continues, many more people get tattooed with better designs, more clubs are founded , more publications printed and more conventions held. It shall continue.

Notes:

  1. National Tattoo Association.

SPCSBTT98001: Hiro

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Artist: Steve Haworth (implants)
Client: Hiro
Year: 1998 (September)
Location: South Beach, Miami (Eden Roc Hotel)
Photographer: Shawn Porter

I first met Hiro in September of 1998 at the Crowe & Dwyer Tattoo Tour in South Beach Miami. Even surrounded by heavily tattooed people, Hiro stood out; his large forehead implants and stretched nostrils were pretty far out for a tattoo convention in 1998 and every time I tried to introduce myself I’d find him surrounded by photographers.

Steve Haworth finally got us together in his hotel room, and with the help of his interpreter we were able to get to know each other as I documented his modifications. He was in the States collecting work; tattooing from Grime and Guy Aitchison as well as implant and modification work from Steve.

When I ran into him several years later he had added beautiful facial scarifications to his already impressive body of work.