I’ve got scars that can’t be seen

shannonlarratt sacred debrisIt’s been eighteen years, give or take a month or two, since this photograph of Shannon Larratt was taken. I’ve posted about that day before, 1 citing it as the meeting where we came up with the concept that would grow into the ModCon events 2 and how it impacted the future of the BME and SPC sites. It was also a night where we stayed up talking until after sun-rise, sharing stories buzzed on caffeine and candy and not taking ourselves too seriously.


Shannon was wearing a classic BME.FreeQ.com shirt that day; you can see a little bit of the logo in the photograph.


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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