Shawn Porter

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Shawn Porter
Birth Date 1974
Birth Place Plant City, Florida
Death Date Living
Occupation Modcon, ScarWars, BME QOD

Shawn Porter is the body modification archivist of both his personal collection, and for lack of a better term, the curator of the Jack Yount Collection—one of the most extensive documentations of the early piercing underground in America. He edited the SPC website from 1995 to 2005, co-founded ModCon, and was the host of ModCons 3.5 and 4.

Shawn also started the ScarWars project in late 2004 as a means to unite the scarification community and is a long-time BME QOD staff member.

Brief Biography

Shawn Porter was born in 1974 and raised on a cattle farm/orange grove in Plant City, Florida. Showing an early interest in the various ways humans modify their bodies, he began self-piercing at a very early age with little in the way of outside influence. His first piercings were performed in 1982; hastily piercing his own foreskin and frenum in the same year but removing the needle each time for fear of exposure.


In September of 1995, Shawn posted a notice to the rec.arts.bodyart group announcing the passing of Jack Yount (which had happened several months prior) and details for his delayed memorial. It outlined Jack’s life and modification accomplishments, and met with a private response from a Toronto, Canada webzine editor named Shannon Larratt.


The first Modcon was scheduled to be held in Brandon, Florida in 1998.

The death of SPC

Shawn ran SPConline from 1995-2005 as the sole editor.


In 2004 Shawn began uniting scarification artists, encouraging them to network and share information.

Occult Vibrations

In 2011, inspired by a love of Occult Symbolism and traditional American tattoos, Shawn created Occult Vibrations- a blog devoted to Occult and Esoteric tattooing.


Shawn currently lives in Philadelphia.

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