In 2004 a group of scarification artists got together at the 4th ModCon event in Toronto Canada and worked on a collaborative scar that utilized multiple styles and techniques on a client named Chris. Cutting, flesh removal and branding; each artist doing their part on the piece, sharing tips and tricks and inadvertently creating the Scarwars Project.
In 2005 we hosted our first event- a gathering in Philadelphia, PA that brought together seven of the world’s best scarification artists to continue the collaborative concept of the ModCon cutting; to work on cuttings/brandings, to learn from and to teach each other, and to unite the fans of a discipline of body modification that up until that point had no event to call it’s own.
We continued the events- 2006 on the West Coast and 2007 back in Philly- we updated this blog as content came in, only highlighting the best of the best. My good friend Ron Garza took the fun to the UK in 2013, hosting SCARCon in London. The message that we sent out in 2004 was received and people saw that cutting/branding could be art; the stigma that cutting was mutilation/self harm was finally getting some pushback by the really amazing folks who braved the pain and got these amazing pieces of art.
But over the years, the rest of the internet caught up with us. There are tumblr “blogs” devoted to scarification that post more images in a single day than this blog does in a year, reaching a far larger audience than we have. Quantity has far outshone quality and despite more than 10 people having accounts here on Scarwars.net, it’s remained largely un-updated, with tumblr, instagram and facebook being the main focus for the artists who are trying to reach the biggest audience possible.
Today I clicked the checkmark to not Autorenew www.scarwars.net when it comes to the next billing cycle. When my contract on this DNS/Server expires, so will Scarwars.
Thanks for a really fun ten years, folks. While other outlets have always posted more content than this blog, I’m proud to have always posted the best of the best. It’s been a blast.
If you’re interested in Body Modification history, swing on over to http://www.sacreddebris.com
It’s updated frequently and will cover cutting/branding from time to time.