Psst. Would you folks like to have a lil peek into the history of modern body piercing?
Are you familiar with the Hanky Code?
According to Wikipedia, the Hanky code is:
“… a color-coded system, employed usually among the gay male casual-sex seekers or BDSM practitioners in the leather subculture in the United States, Canada, and Europe, to indicate preferred sexual fetishes, what kind of sex they are seeking, and whether they are a top/dominant or bottom/submissive. The hanky code was widely used in the 1970s by gay and bisexual men, and grew from there to include all genders and orientations.” Continue reading →
How do you write an article about an event so private, so secretive, that it’s guests were made to sign nondisclosure agreements? Easy. Just be one of the ones who didn’t sign. Over the last fourteen years, the ModCon events have been shrouded in mystery. Fight Club jokes aplenty- the first rule of Modcon is that you don’t talk about ModCon and so on.
But today, we’re going to do just that. In a continuing series of articles on my life in the modern Body Modification community I’ve decided to shed a little light on ModCon; where the idea first came from, the 1998 event that never happened and more.
Obviously there will be a lot left out for the sake of discretion (as well as keeping some of the mystery) but if you’re a geek for this sort of thing… read on. Continue reading →
“Sammy appeared in P.F.I.Q. #18 (1983) and #19 as the magazine’s first documented tongue piercing. This clip has audio and video glitches (that Roo was kind enough to clean up to the best of his ability) present in the original VHS; that’s why these are so important to share. Once the original masters degrade – this stuff could be lost forever. I hope you guys are enjoying these glimpses into our not so distant past!
"This video is a little fancier than the old 8mm conversions I’ve been sending in.
Filmed in South Florida in 1989 by Sailor Sid on a fancy VHS camcorder it features Jack Yount talking about his piercings and subincision. It’s living proof that the pre-1990s modification scene didn’t believe in wearing clothes. Which is how I like to remember Jack..
"This video offers a rare (not exclusive, but rare) glimpse of iconic tattooist Cliff Raven at work. Of all the videos I had in my “to do” pile, this one was the one I was looking forward to the most. As long as Roo wants to keep posting them (Roo: I do, I do!) I’ll keep converting them!
“Originally shot on 8mm film stock and converted to VHS in the early 1980s, this tape like others from the Sailor Sid archive has no sound. I can place names to a few faces but the one that stands out the most is infamous NYC artist Spider Webb. More from this series will be transcoded shortly!
“Hey ya’all, ready for another visit with Sailor Sid? This time he’s tattooing at Ken Meyer’s place in Kissimmee, Florida.
This video was taken from 8mm film then converted to VHS and didn’t originally have an audio track. As with previous videos this is very much a product of it’s time – aseptic procedure isn’t followed, nor is the wearing of clothes. Sid and Ken specialized in homoerotic tattooing, and wearing awesome hats! Thanks for watching and expect an update with Cliff Raven soon..
“This video dates to around 1985 and features Sailor Sid tattooing out of his Ft. Lauderdale, Silver Anchor tattoo shop. The lion’s share of Sid’s business came from the gay S&M community, and it wasn’t uncommon for both Sid and client to be fully nude during the process. The machine Sid is using is a rotary style tattoo machine, for those who’ve never seen one before – it was Sid’s preferred type.
Shawn sent me this footage (from some point in 1988) of his old friend Jack Yount and included the following..
“My first contribution to BME back in 1995 was a memorial article for my friend and mentor Jack Yount. The images that accompanied the article, as well as hundreds to be posted in following years to my own spcOnline site (currently offline), gave you a glimpse of Jack’s extraordinary modifications. This video, taken some years before we met, shows the start of his iconic transformation. It’s my hope however that you look past what Jack has done to his body and listen to the kindness and warmth in his voice.”