Blood in, Blood out: The beginning of the end of

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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, 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 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
It’s updated frequently and will cover cutting/branding from time to time.

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8 thoughts on “Blood in, Blood out: The beginning of the end of”

  1. I have loved this website, you really have always posted top quality art. Sad to see you guys go but it’s understandable. Thank you for your commitment to the community, it wouldn’t be the same without you guys. Best of luck on your next endeavours!

  2. Thank you for your contributions to our community and for making my wife and I feel at home at the one scarwars we were able to attend. I feel honored to have been a part of scarwars. All our love, Chris and Michelle

  3. I found John Joyce because I stumbled across your site then you pointed me in his direction and I got my scar work thanks Shawn!

  4. Shawn, thank you for giving so generously to our community over the years. Things have changed so much since we met… in the community, on the internet, in our lives. ScarWars will always have a special place in my heart.

    I’m loving Sacred Debris, and look forward to reading it for a long time. :)

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