Uncovered: PFIQ Issue 13

PFIQ Magazine cover, issue 13.

©Gauntlet Enterprises

“A regular contributor to the magazine was a local gay artist who went by the name of Bud. His work occupied thirteen of the first fourteen covers and after we went to color appeared regularly inside. I had seen his work in the gay S/M magazine Drummer. How we actually met and connected, I’ve forgotten. I do remember that he did some tattoo designs for some clients of Cliff Raven, a T&P group regular. Bud’s imaginative pen and ink drawings show the strong influence of both comic and early fantasy and sci-fi art.”

-Jim Ward. 1

Cliff Raven 2 3 was known primarily for large scale Japanese influenced tattoo designs but was quite adept at “black graphic” (proto-tribal) and illustrative work like this Bud Larsen designed backpiece on Viking Navaro.

As a regular of Doug Malloy’s T&P Parties- tattoo and piercing- he was one of the go-to artists for the nascent body art scene that was forming in Southern California in the 1970s. He was an out gay man in a time/industry where homophobia was common, yet had the respect of his peers and was awarded “Tattoo Artist of the Year” at the First International Tattoo Convention in 1976.


Tattooed back of Viking Navaro


  1. http://runningthegauntlet-book.com/BME/jimward/20041024.html
  2. (b. Cliff Ingram, 1932-2001)
  3. “I went to Indiana University and studied art. I did a little bit of commercial art, art studio kind of work, freelance art, etc. I wanted to learn tattooing. I got to know Phil Sparrow, learned tattooing and started tattooing in Chicago. I opened a little shop in Chicago (Old Town Tattoo Studio, 1953 North Larrabee) in the mid 1960’s”. https://www.tattooarchive.com/history/raven_cliff.php

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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