Rachel Larratt 1980-2022

Unfortunately, when we lost some of the ModBlog content, it included the post about Rachel’s passing. (Original Post) Rachel passed away on June 22, 2022. She died in her sleep.

Even now, it’s extremely difficult to write this post. Rachel meant so much to so many. She was my friend but she was so much more than that. For me, she was family and today, just a week after what would have been her 43rd birthday, the pain is still very raw. For those of us who really knew her, Rachel was a light and a force. She was passionate, generous and kind. She was goofy and ridiculous. Without even knowing it or trying to, she could command a room.

I’ll never stop missing you Rachel.

“Don’t call it a comeback. I’ve been here for years.”

I am pleased to announce that I will be coming back to Modblog as a full time contributor in the very near future.

I was motivated to do so by the recent Stay Calm event in Philly. That weekend truly renewed my passion for this community and, apparently, I was not alone in that feeling. Since then, I have seen a huge resurgence of BME events and interest. There have been talks of a big BME Fest reunion, several smaller events have already been planned, Shawn Porter has started writing for Modblog again and overall this community of ours has really started to come back together. We are no longer purely reminiscing over the good old days, we are beginning to move forward as well.

DSCN0063Me and the infamous Todd Bertrang at Stay Calm.

Shannon’s death was felt by our entire community a community which he, moreso than anyone else, brought together. In honor of our fallen friend I say we do our best to keep this site of his, and the community which it spawned, going well into the future. So please submit images, stories and videos to  [email protected]. Or, if you prefer, you can submit stuff directly to Modblog on the Facebook fan page I created by tagging it as the Modblog page, posting to the page’s wall, messaging me through that account or emailing me at [email protected]

Keep on keeping on, my friends.

Happy Birthday Sean!!

Well in true ModBlog fashion, I’m posting a birthday announcement a day late.  So help me out by wishing BME’s own Sean Phillips a very happy (and belated) birthday!


This handsome devil has been writing for ModBlog since last December, but his contributions to the community go well beyond his posts here.  Recently Sean has taken his “What Would Sean Do?” act on the road and is taking questions from all comers.  So if you’ve ever found yourself stuck in a situation that you just can’t figure out the answer to, there’s really only one thing to ask yourself:  What would Sean do?

In fact, since Sean is in the spotlight today, why don’t we use the comments to not only wish Sean a happy 33rd birthday, but also ask him a question that needs answering.  I’m sure he’ll be happy to help out.

Happy Chanukah ModBlog!

Greetings Modblog, I’m Jen. I’ve been managing BME’s customer support for over 5 years now but this is my first ModBlog post. I hear you can be a tough crowd but I’m going to try my best to keep you happy. For my inaugural post, I thought I’d shine the spotlight on a member of our community with a little Q&A. We often feature practitioners (and they certainly deserve it) but I thought it would be nice to see what other folks are up to. That said, allow me to introduce you to Rachel.


If this beautiful woman looks familiar, that’s because she’s graced ModBlog before, way back in 2007, this time the focus is on the woman and not just her gorgeous mods.  Rachel is a metalsmith. She makes what she describes as, ” small, mutated objects out of non-ferous metals (ie: sterling silver, copper, brass and gold) and fiber (mostly merino wool). I also make wearable (yet not practical) jewelry out of those materials.”


Jen: How did you get started?

Rachel: I came to Buffalo State College as an art education major… Then I looked in the mirror and realized that no one would hire me. I was taking a introduction to jewelry course as one of my art education requirements and was really enjoying myself. Things skyrocketed from there. This December, I’ll have obtained my BFA in Metals/Jewelry Design from Buffalo State College and in January my husband (iam: Mr Matt) and I will be heading off to the Baltimore area for me to get my MFA from Towson University.

Jen: What do you most enjoy making?

Rachel: I love making hinges. There’s something about the accuracy and concentration required that is centering and peaceful for me.

I also enjoy centrifugal casting (essentially, you carve something out of wax, invest in it a plaster-like substance, burn the wax out in a kiln and then cast in sterling silver, brass, bronze or gold by using centrifugal force to fling the molten metal into the mold). Centrifugal casting totally makes my day. I’ve only been hit by molten metal twice.


Jen: What do you enjoy most about your work?

Rachel: The idea that I can take wax or sheet metal and make something that questions beauty, our society and makes someone laugh is infinitely rewarding. I can take my ideas about body modification and how I choose to adorn my own body and put it into a context that someone can understand and something that I can focus on. For example, my mother’s mother hadn’t really spoken to me in years because she despised what I was doing to my body… I sent her my artist statement with a hand-made portfolio of some new work that she hadn’t seen yet and all of a sudden everything clicked for her. She understood why I chose to modify my body and how it relates to the pieces I make. We still don’t speak as often as we used to but our conversations are more frequent and genuine.

When looking a photos of Rachel at work, it’s not hard to see what might have prompted that change of heart.



Check out  some of the great work Rachel does.  The last photo is my favourite.




You can find more out about Rachel and see more of work on her blog and at Craft Haus. If you’re looking for a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life, check out Rachel’s Etsy shop, Oddly Wearable Designs.

Stay tuned for more write-ups on the incredible folks who make up our community.

VIMBY Video: Miya Bailey

Miya Bailey from City of Ink likes to inspire and be inspired; he’s constantly surrounding himself with art and creative minds. He’s also been featured in Inked Magazine, Urban Ink, Blackmen Magazine, The Source, and many others.

City of Ink Tattoo Shop and Art Gallery
Castleberry Hill District
323 Walker Street
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 525-4INK [4456]

VIMBY Video: MSK / AWR L.A. Art Show

VIMBY was at Canvas LA for one of their blow-out shows called “Send Lawyers, Guns and Money…”, a group show by MSK x AWR to raise money for a good cause. The gallery featured work by Revok, Augor, Ewok, Risk, and many other amazing graffiti artists.

Related links:
Ewok on VIMBY
Risk on VIMBY