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I woke up this morning to find my social networking streams full of photos of Shannon Larratt; bearded and serious, monastic and stoic with motivational quotes accompanying them. It’s been two years since he passed away; who he was will, in time, be replaced by who people want him to have been.

Those of us who knew him- who laughed with him, fought with him, spoke to him every day or had spats where we didn’t speak for months- who remember the good, the bad and the ugly of him- have a responsibility to remind the people who are looking for a prophet or a guru that behind it all there was just a dude. A funny, good hearted dude who was as frail and fallible, as strong and as sure as anyone else. Shannon was a man, not a meme.

My memory of Shannon for today is how my friendship with him profoundly affected my wardrobe. I never left a meeting with Shannon Larratt without having at least one t-shirt gifted (or forced upon) to me. Some were funny. Some were bad. Some had his face on them. Some had genitals on them. A lot of them had genitals on them. I’d say “no thanks man, I already have 200 BME shirts” and somehow I’d still end up leaving with a bag stuffed with them.

This photo finds Shannon pleasantly drunk at his house in La Paz, Mexico having one of my Scarwars shirts forced on him. That BMEFest- 2005- was hands down the best BME event I ever attended. It was all smiles, laughter, good times and just one more beer.

It’s been a strange trip, but one I’m certainly glad to have been on with him.

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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.

5 comments

  1. Shannon, just being Shannon, altered my life in ways I could not possibly conceive of when he and I 1st encountered one another through the pages of PFIQ. Life is a roller coaster, some times you go up and sometimes you go down. Just don’t be so afraid of the ride you forget to live.

  2. I had the honor of having diner in Toronto with Shannon, his Portuguese friend and Marcel the smooth eunuch. He really would be amused by his beautification , I am sure

  3. “Who he was will, in time, be replaced by who people want him to have been”. Very accurate, and already happening….
    I only met him once, and briefly at that, but he struck me as everything but the saint people are glorifying him now.
    Nonetheless, this is a sad day, one that makes me painfully aware how much he is missed, even after two years.
    And one can never have too many BME shirts! :).

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