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VIDEO: Behind the glans ampallang


While ampallangs are normally pierced through the glans, some people place the piercing immediately behind the glans, or through the body of the shaft itself. A shaft ampallang placed immediately behind the glans is treated pretty much the same as a regular ampallang, but one through the body of the shaft is quite different. Experience has shown that ideally the piercing should be done while the penis is erect — since if it’s done while flaccid, it pinches when erect. This is an extremely rare piercing. 1

Piercer Mike Natali performed this ampallang piercing, placed behind the glans, in 1993 or 1994. Initially pierced with an 8g needle, the piercing was immediately stretched to 6g. While the client was happy with the placement, he removed the piercing shortly after and asked to be repierced for the sensation.

As with most of the archival videos presented on Sacred Debris, this footage contains techniques that aren’t consistent with modern standards and is being made available in an effort to document and archive body modification history.

Stay tuned to the end of the clip for a special message.


  1. BMEZINE.COM Encyclopedia: Shaft Ampallang Piercing.

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Excerpt from Painless Steel featuring Mr. Sebastian (Alan Oversby) performing an Ampallang piercing on Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle/TOPY/Psychic TV.

Last year I wrote an article for a magazine called Best Intentions that, among other things, discussed the ephemeral nature of magnetic video tape; it’s limitations and my constant surprise when a VHS cassette that’s been stored in a rubbermaid bin for a few decades still has a little bit of life left in it.

12359976_10207516741944175_5416436787275285089_nCharles Gatewood’s FLASH VIDEOS never made it into the digital age and during the last conversation we had, Charles told me that some of the volumes in the Flash collection had production runs as low as 50 units. It’s incredibly humbling when you realize the impact his documentaries had on the Body Modification community despite the relative difficulty of getting those tapes out in the days before uploads and shares and likes.

My Flash collection is far from complete and some of the tapes have, regrettably, become unwatchable, but I’m making progress converting and archiving as much footage as possible. This clip, while short, features influential UK body piercer/tattooist Alan Oversby (Mr. Sebastian) performing an ampallang piercing on cultural engineer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. Alan’s voice appeared on the song Message from the Temple on the 1982 Psychic TV album Force the Hand of Chance.

Flash Video Content © Charles Gatewood.

Ampallang by Sailor Sid Diller (NSFW)


I’m sure it’s just because of the ‘no nudity’ restrictions of Instagram/Facebook but it’s still a little strange to see hundreds of piercings a day on my social networking streams and have the great majority of them be above the neck. Now that I’m in my forties I’ve earned the right to constantly remind people that yes, back in my day we had to walk uphill, in the snow, with no shoes on to have our guiches pierced, with externally threaded jewelry and we liked it.

All of this curmudgeonly rambling is a reminder that genital piercings used to be a piercer’s bread & butter and the ‘king pin’ of male genital piercings was the ampallang. Once thought to be potentially fatal if performed incorrectly (the urban legend went that piercing into the corpus cavernosum would cause uncontrollable bleeding that could result in exsanguination) the ampallang is generally considered to be the heaviest male genital piercing as far as healing time and sensation.

Back in the 1970s when these photos were taken- featuring Sailor Sid Diller performing the ampallang- some piercers felt that the pain factor of certain piercings was ‘brutal’ or ‘barbaric’ and, already on the fringes of subculture, would use injectable anesthetics to make the process easier on their clients. We touched on this in April of 2014 with the editorial A lesser ritual with some comment section dialogue on the concept of “earning” a piercing in tow…

My opinions on the subject are fairly predictable; I’m for the client’s right to not experience the pain of a piercing as much as I’m for a piercers right to refuse to use legally or notsolegally obtained anesthetics. Once the ampallang is pierced there can still be a period (days, weeks) of pain, discomfort and bleeding so to anyone who keeps the piercing (my own was abandoned) has, in my book, earned it.

As always, I encourage you folks to share your thoughts in the comments section.

(this post was written and it’s photographs edited at Disney World)

Kinsey’s Ampallang 1979 (NSFW)


Two years ago tonight I was sitting in front of this same laptop, staring at a similar WordPress window, watching the clock as I fussed over what was to be the inaugural post of the soon to launch Sacred Debris blog, checking for spelling mistakes and making sure the flow was right. It’s been a good run so far, and as I look into the third year of the project I’m still not sure what the future is going to bring and which direction I’m going to take it. That’s not a bad thing, really, and if you can’t reflect on that sort of thing as a new year starts, when can you?

I think we featured some really amazing content in 2015; resurrecting my 1998 meeting with Shannon Larratt was a highlight for me, having not seen the footage I shot since the 1990s brought back a lot of great nostalgia from when things were different in the community. Not better, just different. Talking to him about people with tongue splittings being in the single to lower double digits is really a nodal point for how much things have changed in the last decade and a half-ish. We could have never dreamed that body modification would become so casual and something you take for granted that people just have.

I was elated to discover a long thought lost 8mm video conversation I recorded with PFIQ/Drummer artist Bud Larsen. It’s been one of my big regrets, losing the media from my visit to meet him in 2001 and finding the tape in a mislabeled case was a blessing and while I wasn’t the best interviewer in the world represents what may be Bud’s only formal interview.

I also recorded new content for the blog this year, with a still to be edited oral history with Jack Yount’s apprentice and former Silver Anchor General Manager and Bravo! Body Jewelry owner Mike Natali and a shorter oral history with retired tattoo artist and gay erotic writer/editor J.D. I have a lot to learn about recording oral histories, but I really hope to do more of it in the year(s) to come.

I want to thank everyone who’s supported the blog for their kind words, tips and reassurance that it’s worth it to keep my head in the past. Without you folks all of these photos and videos would just be data; your support and interest breathes life into it and keeps me going.

For our last post of 2015- The Ampallang. It’s a serious piercing that even the most devoted piercing fan has to think twice about. My own ampallang lasted less than two weeks; long enough for me to endure the unique sensation of having a barbell going through the glans of my penis and long enough for me to realize it just wasn’t for me.

These photos date back to 1979 and feature Kinsey M. having his ampallang pieced by an unknown piercer. Jim Ward suspects it may have ben performed by Jim Anderson, but without a clear face shot it’s hard to tell. Notice the bandaid on the piercer’s finger; it was likely there to provide a little cushion on the fingertip to help the needles- which weren’t nearly as sharp as the ones we use today- go through the tissue a little easier.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Do you remember your first Prince Albert?

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Sometimes when I’m trying to be clever, I use California Roll as a descriptor when I’m identifying something as the safe, starter choice for trying something new. Chicken Curry is the California Roll of Indian food; the 5k is the California Roll of running, and the Prince Albert is…

You get the picture. It’s the intro piercing most men get when they begin to explore the idea of genital piercing. Frenum, Dydoes, Apadravya and the oft-dreaded/oft-treasured Ampallang may follow, but for the majority of men finding themselves in the stirrups for the first time, the PA- which is quick and painless for the most part, easy to heal and easier to stretch is a great way to start.

Most piercers have long since lost count of how many Prince Alberts they’ve performed in their career- a blur of receiving tubes and miles upon miles of ready to be pierced penis-  but almost everyone remembers their first. When they have to fight not appear more nervous than the client and make sure that it all goes smoothly you can be sure that it leaves an indelible impression.

One of my favorite WHO’S WHO features in PFIQ Magazine was on a piercing/tattoo enthusiast and Gauntlet regular named Jim A. 1 who had the distinction of being Jim Ward’s first Prince Albert piercing. In his indispensable memoir ‘Running the Gauntlet’  Jim says:

At that time, I had not yet invented the piercing needle and was using large veterinary hypodermic needles. Trying to follow the beveled point of the needle with the jewelry was virtually impossible. The other challenge was the technique Doug used of piercing into the tip of a cotton swab. By some miracle I managed to do the piercing, but the procedure was extremely bloody. Despite everything, Jim was a good sport, and over the years became a regular customer as well as a close friend.

I remember reading the interview with Jim A. in one of the early issues of PFI and falling in love with his genital tattoos by tattoo legend Cliff Raven- this photo, originally published on SPCOnline in 1998, features his hardware, including the original PA Piercing by Jim Ward. Other than being a friend/client of the Gauntlet, Anderson assisted in creating the PFIQ Crosswords that ran from issue #36 (1991) through #42 (1993).

If you’d like to share the story of your first Prince Albert (getting or giving) please use the comments forum below!


  1. Jim Anderson. Running the Gauntlet