Uncovered: Body Art Issue 4


I still haven’t heard back from the student who’s research request I helped out on so I figured I’d drop another scan that I did from the information I provided to her.

Body Art magazine was UK based publication that ran 23 issues from 1988-1996.
Unlike PFIQ (which focused almost exclusively on body piercing) or the tattoo magazines of the time, Body Art was more free-form, covering piercing, tattooing, surgical modification, hair/makeup/clothing and more.


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.


  1. Hey Sean

    Just came across this site. Very nice to see.
    (Matt from modcon days)
    I would be curious to see the results of the student research if you ever hear back.


    1. (Shawn)
      Hey Matt-
      I doubt I’ll hear back. These things come with a lot of give (me) and a lot of take (them) and once they get what they need, I rarely hear from them again.
      It’s a shame.

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