The Body In Mourning

In August I’m going to be presenting “The Body in Mourning: Body Art & Ritual in Remembrance of the Dead” for Death Party Philadelphia.

What I’m looking for:
Folks who’ve used body art/ritual as part of their mourning process who’re willing to share their stories. Photos and videos are super helpful since this is a visual presentation.

Examples:
-Memorial tattoos (both literal and representational)
-Scarification. (bonus if cremation ash was used)
-Suspension/Ritual
-piercing
-anything I’m not thinking of
-If you were the practitioner, how did you feel being tasked with the emotional aspects of assisting your client’s mourning process?

What I’m going to need:
-your name. (first name is fine. alias is fine)
-the modification/body ritual used in mourning.
-how it helped you process the mourning
-photos/video of the modification, ritual, loved one (if you’re comfortable sharing)

Caveats:
Not everyone’s story is going to be used, due to time limitations, but may end up in a future issue of NODAL POINTS. Without judgement, self cutting falls outside of the focus of what I’m presenting.

You can contact me via email at [email protected] and I’ll get back to you asap.

Thanks!

http://deathpartyphiladelphia.com

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.

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