A new old look.

I was Cured: Jon

The core value of Sacred Debris is to resurrect old mementos and put a new shine on them. Photographs, videos and body modification culture ephemera from the last few decades all polished and presented in a new context..

Which is sort of what I’ve done with the site’s layout. I was never (even remotely) in love with the WordPress theme we’ve been using since launching the blog in 2014 and, frustrated, I made the move tonight to aesthetically merge Sacreddebris.com and it’s tattoo sister-site Occultvibrations.com to add some consistency to my two history sites. They’re remaining their own unique entities (with the occasional shared post) but will look like one cohesive site.

It may be confusing, but I assure you it’s for the greater good. Or at least my own satisfaction.

There are going to be some glitches; NSFW content may end up being displayed without  warning jump, some of the layouts may be a little wonky and I’m sure plenty of other unexpected problems will arise that will all be addressed as time permits but overall I’m pretty excited about not hating the branding of the blog and I hope you folks will be happy with the changes.

To make any of the above even remotely interesting, I’ve included a photo from Robin Scott (my old housemate and ad hoc sibling) from the 2008 Rites of Passage Campout & BBQ of Jon from IWASCURED, Atom Moore, Emrys Yetz and Philip Barbosa. Robin took a few hundred amazing photos that we just rediscovered and are in the process of sorting and editing.

Thanks, as always, for sticking around.


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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