The artist as client

CUTThere’s something about watching a tongue splitting procedure that always gets me. The squinty eyes, the drool, the client’s eventual “mo, I’m thine. It dothent thurt ath bad ath i sthought” when the practitioner is finally done and everything is rinsed out.

This procedure, on scarification luminary Ron Garza, dates back to the mid/late 1990s and originally ran on the spcOnline site.

It’s been a fun 2014 for Sacred Debris. I’m in the process of writing the “What happens next” 2015 post and while I don’t know which direction I’m taking the blog (options include offline, infrequently updated or required tips for videos) I want to thank everyone who’s taken the time to comment, email questions, reblog our articles and dropped a few dolllars in the donation box. You folks made me keep updating for the silent majority and I truly appreciate your passion for the project.

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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 wife Julia and their creepy pets Mr. Bailey Papers and L. RonBenet Ramsey.

6 comments

  1. i am so sorry i’ve been such a slack-update-writer. i was thinking of gearing up in the next month to write about Cesere Lombroso – one of the main criminologists who is primarily responsible for the idea of tattoos/physical abnormalities being related to criminality. bah! please keep me posted on how this goes. i wish i had the time to contribute more.

  2. Whatever direction you decide to take, this was one good project, I’m sorry a few people got really involved. I know there are a lot more hungry of knowledge and dedicated to these subjects. Have a nice 2015 everybody!

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