The Silver Anchor Tattoo: Ram

tumblr_njogvhgVZr1qc2oo7o1_540I’ve finally finished capturing all of the video from ‘Silver Anchor Video Reel 4’ with the last section being in the worst shape of everything that I was able to import. The original source was likely a VHS Camcorder and the footage dates back to somewhere between 1984-1986 when the tape was completed, with this clip featuring Sailor Sid Diller tattooing at the Silver Anchor tattoo studio in South Florida.

Sid would trade this tapes with other tattoo artists, piercers and enthusiasts all over the world, making compilations (mix tapes!) of his tattoo and piercing clients for the small community of dedicated modification fans on his mailing list.

This video finds him using a rotary tattoo machine to add color to a client’s crotch/penis tattoo. Like a lot of the history videos we post, this clip is intended for documentation/archival only. It features an artist working in less than sanitary conditions; wearing gloves wasn’t standard practice until a few years after this film was shot and viewer discretion is advised.

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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 outside of academia. 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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