I’m procrastinating. I have an article I’m overdue on for a friend’s magazine and I’m just hopelessly blocked. I know the direction I want the piece to go but I’m having trouble getting there. I was scanning photos from a 1986 tattoo convention (Knoxville, TN) to accompany the text I haven’t gotten around writing and I found this snapshot of Merv Chapman (left) and Jack Yount (right). The woman in the middle’s name is escaping me, I’ve seen her in quite a few photos from the 80s so I’m hoping I come across it on another print.

Jack loved going to tattoo conventions, shooting video and photos and hosting hotel parties for fans of heavier modifications who were often stigmatized in the tattoo community.




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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