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Social Distancing Social and Screening

As a thank you for supporting Sacred Debris, we’re doing streaming Social Distance Socials/documentary screenings tentatively scheduled every Thursday (subject to change) for our Supporter, Patron, and Sponsor members.

The next screening will feature Flash Video’s Erotic Tattooing and Body Piercing Vol1. followed by a group discussion, starting at 8 pm E.S.T. on Thursday, April 09th. Links to the stream will be posted in the Facebook Sandbox group; if you’re an active supporter and are not in the Sandbox, email me at sacreddebris@gmail.com and we’ll get you set up.

I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during these unprecedented times.

A lucky or auspicious object

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During it’s two decades in print, P.F.I.Q. magazine featured the work of an impressive lineup of photographers; the work of Jim Ward, Fakir Musafar, Diane Mansfield, Mark I. Chester, Michael Rosen, Charles Gatewood and Efrain John Gonzalez (alongside the wonderful submitted content) helped capture a scene when it was much smaller and more intimate.

I’m fairly sure II first met Efrain in May of 2000 at the NYC Tattoo Convention at the Roseland Ballroom, which is when this photograph was taken. On honest-to-god 35mm film. I found him to be incredibly sweet, welcoming and mischievous and over the years when our paths have crossed he’s always been armed with a smile and a camera.

I figure most readers of Sacred Debris are familiar with both of these gents- Manwoman (seated) and Jon Cobb.

Jon’s legacy in the piercing scene is as one of it’s greatest agent provocateurs and technicians, he originated (or popularized) a small handful of piercings that, though still fairly uncommon, changed the industry in ways that are still being felt. His ability to defend his techniques and placement- freehand piercing, nape piercing- set him apart from someone who just threw caution to the wind and did something new for the sake of ego.

Manwoman (February 2, 1938- November 13, 2012) was a Canadian artist, writer and musician who came to greater attention after his appearance in RE/Search Publication’s Modern Primitives in 1989. His book The Gentle Swastika documented his life’s work- The rehabilitation of the Swastika through his artwork and collection of pre-WW2 memorabilia.

I’ve been hesitant to post any Swastika related content up till now; it comes with the pretty heavy tariff of having to field complaint emails- usually from irate, uninformed and downright hostile folks who don’t know about anything other than it’s usage by the National Socialist Party or from those who feel that it’s just a tad too controversial to even bother trying to explain otherwise.

We’ll see how it goes.

You can see more of Efrain’s photos at http://hellfirepress.com

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I first started seeing Efrain Gonzalez’s portraits of pierced fans/NYC fetish scene in the PFIQ magazines of the 1990s. We met for the first time at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City almost fifteen years ago. Through the years I’ve never seen him not enjoying himself, always ready with a smile and never without his camera. Photographer Atom Moore snapped this portrait of Efrain at the 2007 Philadelphia SCARWARS3 event.

You can see Efrain’s photographic work here: Hellfire Press.