Needlenose and Thread

Dale, 1977. Tattoos by Cliff Raven. Photo by Robin Ryan.

Dale’s nipple piercings were done by Buddy Mcfall at Chicago Tattoo Company when it was at 900 Belmont. Buddy performed the piercing with a pair of needle-nose pliers with needle and thread, and Dale had to move the thread back and forth through the piercings during healing. Piercing wasn’t always welcome at early tattoo conventions, so walking around displaying pierced nipples must have caused a few raised eyebrows.

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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