Shannon Larratt was a Canadian writer and publisher who was widely regarded as a leader and innovator in the body modification community. He was the founder and editor of BMEzine, an online magazine that showcased various forms of body art and extreme body modifications. He was also the author of several books, such as ModCon: The Secret World of Extreme Body Modification and Opening Up: Body Modification Interviews 1995-2008.
A Life of Passion and Creativity
Larratt was born in Victoria, British Columbia, on September 29, 1973. He had a Greek mother and an Iranian father, who was a physician. He fled Iran with his family after the 1979 revolution and settled in the US.
He founded BMEzine in 1994, and it soon became the largest and most popular online resource for body modification enthusiasts. He documented and shared his own experiences with various forms of body art, such as tattoos, piercings, scarification, branding, implants, and more. He also hosted private gatherings for like-minded individuals, called ModCons, where they could showcase their modifications and exchange ideas. He was known for his openness, honesty, and curiosity, as well as his artistic and technical skills.
A Struggle with Mental and Physical Health
Larratt had a history of mental health issues, which he wrote about publicly on his blog. He suffered from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression, and had several nervous breakdowns and suicidal attempts. He was also diagnosed with tubular aggregate myopathy, a rare muscle disease that causes progressive weakness and pain. He claimed that he faced discrimination and prejudice from the medical profession due to his appearance and lifestyle, and that his condition and pain were not properly treated. He wrote a letter before his death, in which he expressed his frustration and despair over his deteriorating quality of life and his lack of access to adequate medical care.
A Legacy of Inspiration and Influence
Larratt’s death was a shock and a loss to the body modification community and beyond. He was mourned and remembered by his fans, followers, friends, and family, who praised him for his courage, creativity, and generosity. He was also recognized by the mainstream media, who acknowledged his role as a pioneer and a visionary in the field of body modification. He was featured in documentaries, such as Modify and Flesh and Blood, and in magazines, such as Wired and Rolling Stone.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Rachel Larratt, and his three children, Alexander, Christopher, and Nicole. He also has a brother, Devon Larratt, who is a professional arm wrestler. He left behind a legacy of thousands of photos, videos, interviews, articles, and books, that document and celebrate the diversity and beauty of body modification. He also left behind a message of hope and empowerment, that encourages people to follow their dreams and express their true selves. He will be remembered as a body modification legend, a cultural icon, and a loyal friend. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.