The Dotfather (Xed Le Head)

5274077_1436784904.3671From the fundraising page:

Recently Xed has been forced to retire from tattooing due to a severe medical condition leaving him unable to use his arms and legs. We, the tattoo family are appealing for donations to enable Xed to fund his rehabilitation and procurement of specialist medical equipment and services that exceeds both Xed and the NHS’s budget’s.
This is the official page made with Xed’s blessing.

Xed has given so much to the tattoo world. Let’s give a little back.

Much love and light to you all.

I met Xed for the first time in Holland at the 1995 Amsterdam Tattoo Convention; I had seen him in P.A.U.K.’s PIERCING WORLD magazine and was a little nervous to go up and introduce myself, but I found him to be a very charming gent who didn’t ming jaw-wagging with a (then 20yo) bodymod nerd from across the pond.

It’s sad that his condition has forced him to retire, but very heartwarming to see the tattoo community come together to help take care of one of our own. If you have a little extra cash laying around and can throw into the pot- I’m sure Xed and his family would appreciate it.




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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