Bruce Potts ROCKS!

Best school teacher ever? I don’t know, because I never took a class under him. But coolest ex-teacher ever? Definitely. And thus he gets to stay at the top of ModBlog until I get back from Carlilse and NYC! Anyway, go say hello to Bruce over at IAM:tribalface and meet one of the most remarkable men in this community with one of the wildest look (that he had to wait until he retired to get).

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Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

53 thoughts on “Bruce Potts ROCKS!

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    Posted on 05-19-2006 00:22:40 by Kanga43
    Oh my gosh, that is so ridiculously awesome! So well done, I’m blown away. That is so amazing. That is a crazy cool piece indeed. *speechless*

    I particularly like the forehead and eyes in particular – but all of it is so well done, sheesh.

    Posted on 05-19-2006 00:55:01 by LisaBoBisa
    I’m really inspired. Also the tattoo is stunning.

    Posted on 05-19-2006 01:26:26 by don
    the orange/blue combo on his eyelids is just amazing…

    Posted on 05-19-2006 02:45:44 by dilbert
    This guy is awesome, I wish I had teachers like that.

    Posted on 05-19-2006 03:36:04 by accordianFey
    I believe he still has something to do with the C&J department at the University of New Mexico (my college!!!)

    Posted on 05-19-2006 06:01:30 by Poppie
    Wow, those are some amazing bright colours! Very original (:

    Posted on 05-19-2006 08:06:34 by 1
    i wish i could see a pic with his eyes closed.

    Posted on 05-19-2006 10:08:09 by phrawzty
    amazing! the eye / eyelids are particularly stunning. great colours, too.

    Posted on 05-19-2006 10:39:05 by verucassault
    Wow! I love the look, and the colors are spectacular. That’s awesome. :)

    Posted on 05-19-2006 12:21:52 by ummjon
    this guy rocks my world.

    Posted on 05-19-2006 13:07:08 by fre_k
    The thing I find wierdest about this guy is the lack of eyebrows…

    The colours are really great. :)

    Posted on 05-19-2006 17:07:42 by stan42
    Wow. I met him a couple of years ago. He was very nice in person. I see he’s added more color since then.

    Posted on 05-19-2006 18:16:15 by SivaAngel
    i just love how genuinely happy he looks.

    Posted on 05-19-2006 19:46:13 by namnlavs
    i was genuinely glad to read that he got his dreams fulfilled [despite he had to wait sooo long ;)

    in my country it's still common to hear opinions like "you will regret this and that when you get older" bla bla, even by those having some mods themselves. the nicer to see peole who just don't care :]

    Posted on 05-19-2006 21:57:23 by Antishock
    I agree with SivaAngel… its just fantastic how happy he looks. Just by his smile and his eyes, you can see a kind, loving and smart individual.

    Posted on 05-19-2006 22:51:24 by Sade
    God,I wish my teachers were that cool…
    It’s weird that even with all the colours he still reminds me of my grandfather.

    Posted on 05-20-2006 01:05:18 by anon
    I think my favorite part is the totally black ears.

    Posted on 05-20-2006 02:21:45 by uuu
    He reminds me of my grandather too! What a friendly smile :)

    Posted on 05-20-2006 02:43:40 by 5am

    Posted on 05-20-2006 04:14:41 by Ringo starr
    I think the coolest part is people that will label him a freak or whatever and jump to conclusions about him would never guess he was a teacher. Just goes to show how diverse the modified community is becoming.

    Posted on 05-20-2006 08:33:58 by Alkaline_fairy
    He looks friendly.

    I wonder how he keeps his eyebrows away- permanent lazer hair removal perhaps?
    I can’t imagine plucking/waxing all the hairs out so often.

    I think it’s lovely that he seems so happy now.

    Posted on 05-20-2006 09:33:08 by fre_k
    Is anyone else having trouble getting into IAM?

    Posted on 05-20-2006 11:01:56 by fantastic!
    yes, im with dilbert. i wish, i would have LOVED this guy for my year 8 woodwork…

    DAMN the education system to make him wait till AFTER retirement!

    Posted on 05-20-2006 13:57:43 by aimee
    the color work on the eyelids is particularly stunning.

    Alkaline_fairy, ref the eyebrows – maybe nair for men?

    you know, i think one of the coolest things about modblog is that we get to see samples of such a wide variety of work done by different artists, with who the artist is, and where they work almost always annotated… it’s a great tool for finding an artist whose style/skill you like that you may have never otherwise known about. so, thanks to everyone who sends in pics and stories about your piercings, tats, etc..

    shannon, i may not always agree with you, but in appreciation of all the good that you *do* do, i think i’m going to buy you a book from your wishlist.

    semi off-topic, but does anyone know how to get in touch with IAM:katzen? the email address on her iam page has been bouncing back for a while now, and i’m hoping to get some ink done by her :)

    Posted on 05-20-2006 22:16:07 by glider
    Try via

    Posted on 05-21-2006 00:52:55 by Tracy
    His eyebrows probably never grew back after being shaved. If you shave your eyebrows you always have a chance of them not growing back. The chance grows as you grow older.

    Posted on 05-21-2006 06:02:03 by Courtney
    Tracy – that’s incorrect. If you shave your eyebrows they will always grow back. By shaving you leave the root of the hair intact, therefore much like a plant, it’ll grow back.

    The only way he could’ve gotten his eyebrows to stop growing back is either by laser/electrolysis or frequent waxing. Eventually they stop growing when the root is removed fairly often.
    I don’t mean to offend you or correct you in a demeaning way, please don’t take it that way. Just explaining how it works.

    Posted on 05-21-2006 13:42:06 by laura
    The tattoos are absolutely amazing—a great design with vivid colors. His eyelids are especially stunning! I agree with everyone—he looks genuinely happy, and it’s great that he has been able to fulfill his dream.

    Posted on 05-21-2006 14:47:55 by *MissM*
    Beauty Boy.

    Posted on 05-22-2006 00:50:40 by aimee
    thanks for the link shannon. it seems though, that the humanmarvels page just links back to her iam page (or to if you click on the enigma). thanks for the effort though :)

    Posted on 05-22-2006 12:15:11 by ID10T Error
    He looks awesome! Should’ve been allowed to teach with his face tattooed.

    Posted on 05-22-2006 22:20:47 by Em
    Courtney – not correct. After shaving them for a long enough period of time they may stop growing back. I shaved my eyebrows completely off for 5 years and now have significant thinning in certain areas of my eyebrows when I try to encourage natural growth and still need to draw them in ;). Of course it wasn’t an instantaneous way to lose my eyebrows (sadly), but you can still spot little old ladies wandering around redrawing their eyebrows in from shaving/plucking them so severely for so many years. The only way to guarantee the hair never comes back, you’re right, is electrolysis.

    But shaving your eyebrows is no big deal to do. I assume guys would do it with their daily shaving,yeah? Myself, I probably shaved them every 2-3 days to draw back on.

    Posted on 05-26-2006 21:15:12 by AzerPhyre
    Whoa! He reminds me of Mr. Christianson, my highschool english teacher! He was covered in Star Wars and mythology tattoos and would talk to you about everything, from comic books, to politics and social economics.

    It’s really great to see people in an influencial position with body modifications. Because of Christianson, I’m following my dreams and I’m currently a tattoo apprentice.

  2. This man honestly completely freaks me out. I’ve seen plenty of tattoos and piercings, but what is freaky is that if he ever needs to leave his community of friends who get where he’s coming from, he will be treated like an alien from another planet. Not a choice I’d make, but of course it’s his right, and orange and blue ARE complimentary colors, so I have to agree the color combination is nice. However, I hope someone is working on creating a removable iSkin for a human face (like that for the iPod).

  3. All I can say is… man, it musta stung a bit when the tattoo reached the ears. :)
    And all that after he retired?

  4. I like the work. But if you want to be serious for a minute, What is this guy going to do when he gets like 70 years old and wrinkled. Hey there are tattos and pircings, then there is stupidity. Grow up.

  5. I get slightly annoyed but the “what are you going to do when you’re (insert any age here)”. The man is a professor who seems to be quite successful in his life. So, I imagine that when he is 70, Jen, he will still be smiling and loving his life. Calling what Bruce has accomplished “stupidity” is nothing but plain and simple ignorance. Grow up indeed.

  6. Jen, he’s already “grown up”. He’s got crows’ feet and wrinkles. Dude’s freakin’ retired.

    How people can rain on this dude’s parade is beyond me.

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  8. He says something like presentation is all about attitude and nuance, not one’s appearance. Yet, look at the massive amount of attention he’s paid to his appearance.

    Sure, he’s a success in academia, hooray. But, you can’t deny there was a pivotal moment in his life when he realized he wasn’t standing out from the crowd soley on attitude and nuance — he had to go the glam route for… for… for whatever demon of insecurity haunts his esteem.

    He’s akin to the county sheriff who always wears aviator sunglasses: neither wants to be laid bare, so both hide their unique nuances behind a manufactured attitude.

    Those of you contemplating horn implants, lip rings, breast augmentation, etc. to enhance “self-esteem” or whatever your reasons, most of the world, like 99.999%, will be so distracted by your modifications the real you will be lost upon them.

    Want to stand out from the crowd? Learn to geuninely like and accept yourself — all of yourself and your baggage, too. How do you do that? I have no idea, but that’s where you’re going to find the real mojo that makes YOU tick. Call it your spirit, Grace or enlightenment, but that single challenge is universal, timeless and offers a life of riches.

    Joining the sideshow dwellers is to castigate yourself into the shadows, letting those who live life miss out on your presence.

  9. I think its important that he’s teaching tolerance, we need more teachers doing that, regardless of if they have fabulous tattoos or not.

    Does anyone know if the designs are authentic Maori (I believe thats what I read in some article or post), or if they are some other ethnic design where they originate from, or perhaps they are simply a combination of culture and his own ideas?

    I also wonder how long a tattoo of that caliber takes?

    Much respect to Bruce Potts. ~paperflowers

  10. The man’s got some brass balls, to be sure. If only we all had the same courage to express ourselves.

  11. Guy seeks attention and gets it- that is why he does it.Just think about it, where was he as an ordinary dude? A mere one of us, not a standout wantabee

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  14. Paperflowers – The article I read says: Bruce Potts teaches Public Speaking. He got his first tattoo in 1968 during a stint in the Navy and decided after retiring from teaching in public schools that he wanted to get his head and face done as well. He said it took about three and a half months to complete.
    “I have been wanting to do it ever since I was 12 years old,” he said. “It’s almost like I feel it was a right of passage.”

    The fact that this man is teaching tolerance is simply amazing. I’d love to take a course or two from him! I admire his resistance to societal norms. I work in a law office and am compelled to hide my tats. But the beauty is I just keep getting more & more and no one is any wiser…

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  16. What are most of these people applauding here? a guy got a end-life crisis tattoo. congrats for him. Who gives a shit? it’s slick i give the artist that drew it some credit.
    ANd the people that think this kind of crap doesn’t influence someones personal career never dealt with the professional world in their life…i don’t give a shit, but that makes me the other 5%.
    He can survive/hibernate in a liberal school for the rest of his life…that’s fine. but the rest of the professional population that exists on this planet and not in a culture-dome will not take this man seriously for one second. sorry.

  17. I met Bruce in 1997 in Long Beach, CA. Bruce you referred me to Crystal at Points of Light. I have talked with you since, but I don’t think I ever told you that I loved you from the moment I met you. You called me a sweet spirit, noone ever had before. You are an incredible human being and have much to be happy for! You are loved and I thank you for your help from the bottom of my heart. You are so right on! Bless you always!


  18. love the foul trible face tatoo thats one of the nicest face tatoos so people face tattoos do look good and thay realy do make people very very happy just look at the smiyl on his face

  19. as nice as the tattoos are iam glad he did wait till he retired because he may not have been lucky enough to get a job

  20. I really wish I had Bruce Potts teaching one of my classes when I went to college. I just know that I would have never missed a single class for the whole semester!!!

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  22. hi dude luv ya tats look cool ….ya look like a tv presentor from Australia called Bert Newton we call him affectionately Moon face…Australia is abit like ya South abit hillbilly and some parts down here if we had a teacher with facial tats would be shunned and redicualed…hope it gives ya positive responses dude..when are we going to see the full body shot hey dude..take care bye Bobby

  23. I dunno… It’s pretty cool, but people look sort of weird to me without eyebrows. What a stupid thing to get hung up on, eh?

  24. Its just perfect. Look at the colors. Is there a (female) tattooist who can do this kind of work for me in Holland or Germany? I would like to get it on my head !

  25. You’re my hero. That looks like it was painfull espically around your eyes and ears. yet soo cool. I espically like the multiple peircings but if you’re gonna stretch your lobe that much you should put the spacer in (it soesn’t look like one is in there and your right, pictures left ear looks stretched from this angle)

  26. I have one question for you. How much did the tatooing of your head, face, and ears hurt? I am thinking about getting a tatoo. Pat and Dave will die!!! I work at a girl scout camp and all the staff are going to get tatoos at the end of the summer.

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  28. its probally the guy who have the greatest style in this world or the most ridiculous thing i saw but hes really cool

  29. I think he looks ridiculous,is he from this planet?? Poor guy just to shows you what people will do for attention,he lacks positive self esteem,by the way i love body art ,but this is just ridiculous!!! A.S.

  30. If he didnt look so damn happy with himself Id feel sorry for him- which just proves it aint how you look on the outside that counts I guess

  31. I’ve met him a few times, very nice guy. Although…all of my coworkers were afraid him. Just goes to show you how silly people can be.

  32. Good for him! If he’s happy, then that’s all that matters. I love his tattoo, it works for him, and he looks like a genuinely nice, happy, sweet guy. I wouldn’t want something that dramatic, but I would never judge someone who does. More power to him, and if you judge a book by it’s cover, then I feel sorry for you, and you’re gonna miss out on a lot of really cool people that way.

    Oh, and PLEASE people, STFU with the “Hurr, whut about when ur 70? Ur gonna regret it….duhhh.”. I’m sure most people are aware that tattoos are pretty much permanent, and are OK with that. Just because YOU don’t understand it does not mean that you need to trot out the same tired old crap every time. Like we haven’t heard it before. Enough is enough.

  33. Why would people consider this guy a great teacher just because he has his face tattooed?

    I agree that he had to retire before he could go crazy with his tattoos.

    When will people realize that tattoos don’t make anybody anything different than they are already?

    I know many “uncool” people who have tattoos, and in fact, the majority of people I know who are troubled or “uncool” are tattooed.

  34. Sorry, but I agree with comment 44. He is an idiot. If he’s concerned if 19 year old students think he’s cool because of his exterior disfigurement, he’s an even bigger idiot. And the “tribal” crap. Please, give it a friggen rest. What tribe is he from: the Fugawees? As in; who the fugawee? Sorry, Brucie, but you didn’t have a “former life” as a Tahitian. And mimicking their “body art” is more culturally insulting than respectful. And as for “warrior”, saying it doesn’t mean you’ve earned it.

  35. Why?
    Just why? There is not reason for this and it’s an insult to a culture that takes this seriously.
    I just can’t condone or understand. There are statements, and then there is this, and it makes no sense.

  36. I am one of Bruce’s neices. I have not seen him in over 10 years and I do not know when I will see him again. I know that most of my siblings have not seen him either, and my parents have only seen him a couple of times. All I can say is that I hope that he is happy with his decision to tattoon is head. I want him to know that he is always welcome to visit his family when he wants too, especially during major holidays and events. The family may not like want he has done, but we still love him.

  37. insulting somebody always happens when there is no argument. your hate comes back to you.
    which is the higher value, the personal freedom and the wish to decorate oneself or some ancient primitive culture ? the distinction has to be between something you do to your own body and something done to other bodies – forcibly. In africa they have the tradition of cutting off woman’s genitals. I have no respect for this culture, i have respect for human rights.

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