The reality of aging media strikes again


Last year a generous donation from a Sacred Debris reader allowed us to buy a 30+ year old refurbished 8mm VCR that’s been instrumental in working through our backlog of steadily aging 8mm cassettes from my personal archives as well as the Jack Yount collection. Some of the content has appeared here on the blog while others were been prepped for private archival (due to content or discretion) and storage. It’s a slow process, but the footage that’s been saved has been worth it; truly one of a kind content.

Unfortunately, as happens quite often when you’re dealing with old and unstable technology, our 8mm player has given up the ghost and I’m back at a standstill on that material until our replacement unit comes in. Frustration comes with the territory but at least there were still 8mm players to be found on eBay so it wasn’t a total mess.


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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