Grab the brass ring

cliffravenemilfullI’m still working on importing content from a VHS video from Sailor Sid Diller’s collection; at points the tape decay is frustratingly bad, but I’m doing my best to recover as much as I can. Continuing with the tattoo theme, this photo features homoerotic tattooing by Cliff Raven; the back of the photograph (taken by Sid) says that the placement of the hand- right by Emil’s scrotum, was intentional. No dates on this, but I’d say 1980-82.


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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