Til of Cardiff- Genital Inversion

Til Of Cardiff



In 1989, V.Vale and Andrea Juno released Modern Primitives. The world at large was allowed access to a subculture that had been thriving, quietly and discreetly, for over twenty years without so public a lens pointed in it’s direction. Jim Ward had been documenting the scene for the same span with his PFIQ, the seminal rallying point for early devotees of the piercing culture, but RE/Search was able to put a photo of a split penis into the homes of people who would have never had access to it’s original appearance in PFIQ 1 and with that- surgical modification had finally entered mass consciousness.
While that image became somewhat infamous outside of the modification scene, an earlier subject of a PFIQ feature was considerably more interesting to me. Sailor Sid Diller interviewed a piercing fan from Cardiff, Wales 2 to accompany his photos of one of the most unique surgical genital modifications available: Genital Inversion.

In the spectrum of heavy modification it’s difficult to use the word common, but by our measured standards, subincision is one of the most common options for genital surgery. Til completed his subincision while also doing a superincision (splitting the top of the shaft) and leaving a connective piece of tissue on the bottom, effectively making a 2 1/8″ slit in his penis, allowing for the tissue to be turned inside out. In my years in the scene, I’ve only seen this particular modification a few times, making Til part of a very select fraternity. When I published photos of him in 1999 3 I was contacted by a few other men who had been influenced by Til and his modifications,  but only one was able to prove documentation of their own inversion.

This video of Til was shot in Cardiff, Wales, in August of 1990 and features him displaying his inversion, scrotal stretching and piercings. The audio was unusable and removed from the final edit of the footage. It’s my hope that the 8mm master has a cleaner audio track.

Edit: At 100k+ views this video is by far the most watched SD video and it’s taking a considerable amount of bandwidth. It has been permanently moved to our SANDBOX subsite for site supporters For more information on the Sandbox- please get in touch via email: sacreddebris@gmail.com



  1. Carl Carrol, PFIQ #15, Gauntlet Enterprises
  2. Who’s Who: Meet the Incredible Til, PFIQ #12, Gauntlet Enterprises 1981
  3. SPCOnline, 1995-2005

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.


  1. Quite wonderful. I would probably get mine tied and forget which way to untie! Good thing I don’t have a penis. I love my hood split. Only heavy mod I have on my coochie unless you count rings
    Thanks for saving this video

  2. Very cool to see some footage of it. the pictures obviously didnt quite illustrate the size of the incisions. very cool shawn…

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