I could be wrong, but I think that the heavily tattooed gentleman in this (amazingly candid and charming) photo is Rufus from Rochester who’s made a few appearances here on SD. It’s hard to tell. Either way, the black graphic back piece blast-over caught my attention and put the print on the fast track to the Sacred Debris update queue. Continue reading
Late 1970s- Jim Ward performs a vertical nipple piercing on Rochester’s Rufus Dreyer. Rufus appears occasionally in photos in my archives- his appearance distinct with a full body of dense tattooing, a grey Van Dyke beard and flipped up septum tusk- but I’ve not been able to find out anything about him other than his name.
Jim can be seen using a thimble to push assist in pushing the needle though the tissue; the needles available at the time weren’t as sharp as our modern options and every little bit helped.
(Thanks to Jim for helping me identify Rufus)
Consider this as the safe for work counterpart to the recent NSFW T&P Parties post; a few friends sitting around, showing off their tattoos and body piercings when polite society was a little less welcoming to that sort of thing. Tattoos were generally kept below the collar and above the wrist and piercings were easily hidden or removed, like the two piece septum tusks that Sid and the fellow on the far left are wearing.
This scan is from the water damaged photograph pile.