Til Of Cardiff
In 1989, V.Vale and Andrea Juno released Modern Primitives. The world at large was allowed access to a subculture that had been thriving, quietly and discreetly, for over twenty years without so public a lens pointed in it’s direction. Jim Ward had been documenting the scene for the same span with his PFIQ, the seminal rallying point for early devotees of the piercing culture, but RE/Search was able to put a photo of a split penis into the homes of people who would have never had access to it’s original appearance in PFIQ 1 and with that- surgical modification had finally entered mass consciousness.
While that image became somewhat infamous outside of the modification scene, an earlier subject of a PFIQ feature was considerably more interesting to me. Sailor Sid Diller interviewed a piercing fan from Cardiff, Wales 2 to accompany his photos of one of the most unique surgical genital modifications available: Genital Inversion.
In the spectrum of heavy modification it’s difficult to use the word common, but by our measured standards, subincision is one of the most common options for genital surgery. Til completed his subincision while also doing a superincision (splitting the top of the shaft) and leaving a connective piece of tissue on the bottom, effectively making a 2 1/8″ slit in his penis, allowing for the tissue to be turned inside out. In my years in the scene, I’ve only seen this particular modification a few times, making Til part of a very select fraternity. When I published photos of him in 1999 3 I was contacted by a few other men who had been influenced by Til and his modifications, but only one was able to prove documentation of their own inversion.
This video of Til was shot in Cardiff, Wales, in August of 1990 and features him displaying his inversion, scrotal stretching and piercings. The audio was unusable and removed from the final edit of the footage. It’s my hope that the 8mm master has a cleaner audio track.
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