ModCon Hardcover Book Available

Finally back in print after selling out its 2,500 copy 2002 print run, this is a new printing of the original ModCon book in its original form. This book contains photos from the first three ModCon conventions, as well as many more photos of heavy body modification, plus interviews and commentary on the subject. Some of the book is dated at this point, and I fought the urge to update it, but I feel it stands as an important marker of a wonderful time in this subculture’s history. It has however been reformatted as a 6″x9″ hardcover (a much nicer format for a book in my opinion), and expanded to 200 pages with new photos from the ModCon events.

Below are some of the pages from the hardcover book (click here to see some from the softcover). Click here to see photos of the softcover book and comparisons to the first edition so you can judge the print quality. The hardcover actually looks much better as every photo has been corrected and re-leveled but I don’t have a copy myself yet — I will post it when I do!

The book is available both as the new edition, and as a fairly direct reprint of the original.

Note: The book is out of print again due to Lulu’s printer being unwilling to print the content… So only the PDF download is available. Please, if anyone knows of an on-demand printer willing to tackle this material, let me know!!!

Sorry it’s expensive, but doing 200 pages of on-demand printing isn’t cheap… If any publishers are reading this and feel like doing a reprint, please email me.

Finally, if you’d like to see more before buying a copy, or you can’t buy one, here’s a link to a free PDF copy (lower quality images): ModConBook.pdf. If you enjoy the PDF, please do buy a copy of the book as it’s much higher quality and of course doing so supports new projects.


  1. Chris wrote:

    Hey mate, just wondering when the book will be available on amazon or a similar website.
    The link you gave wont ship to australia :(

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 4:57 am | Permalink
  2. Shannon wrote:

    The markup to put it up on Amazon was too high… The price would be silly… If all else fails, you could send the book to me and I can forward it on to Australia.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 6:13 am | Permalink
  3. Robyn wrote:

    Ordered. Done and done. I can’t wait to see the new book. I read through a good portion of my ex’s original copy, now I’m really excited for the revised one…

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 4:27 pm | Permalink
  4. Shannon wrote:

    Awesome — if yours gets to you before I get mine, please let me know how it looks… I’m very eager to see it and think it will be a huge improvement!!!

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 5:02 pm | Permalink
  5. pyro lizard wrote:

    I find it funny that it’s listed in the category “gay and lesbian”.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 7:07 pm | Permalink
  6. Shannon wrote:

    Yeah, I didn’t really know where to put it…!

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 8:34 pm | Permalink
  7. Chris wrote:

    Hey shannon, that sounds like a good idea. is there any way we could set this up not via these comments haha

    Email me?

    Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 12:01 am | Permalink
  8. Marjorie wrote:

    hello shannon i’m deffinitly buying one, i was just wondering if u had to pay and how much were the custom fees when you received your order? ( just to avoid unpleasant surprise like it often happend when ordering things from outside canada )


    Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 1:07 pm | Permalink
  9. Shannon wrote:

    I’ve ordered three books from Lulu so far (not counting this one) and none of them had customs charges.

    Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 3:12 pm | Permalink
  10. Lunar wrote:

    Definitely ordered !

    Friday, September 5, 2008 at 8:44 am | Permalink
  11. Ze wrote: copy are arrived this morning……simply gorgeous!!!I’ve send you some pic via mail….

    Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 9:31 am | Permalink
  12. HJP wrote:

    I am looking forward to getting the hardback issue and now it’s no longer available to order. The softcopy is though. I hope the ‘glitch’ gets worked out soon, I just got paid today and had to wait to order.

    Friday, September 12, 2008 at 6:18 pm | Permalink
  13. Ray wrote:

    I just received an email today saying that the printer refused to print the hardcover. “This is due to the extremely graphic nature of the content, and the printer has chosen not to print this book.” Has anyone else received this email? And why did some people get a copy before all this? WTF? CENSORSHIP!!! I am absolutely disgusted!

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 11:06 am | Permalink
  14. Have you got any news of when the hardciver edition will be back available?

    Monday, October 6, 2008 at 8:48 pm | Permalink
  15. SHE-MON wrote:

    Iam really REALLY looking forward to hardcover edition. I cant wait a minute. Any news?!!!

    Monday, October 13, 2008 at 10:32 am | Permalink
  16. Efix Roy wrote:

    Hey Shannon!
    I’ve ordered my copy of the hardcover edition and got a message saying it was refused, do ou know anything about when they’ll be avaible (under another publisher I guess)

    Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 8:48 am | Permalink
  17. Thanatos wrote:

    Glad to see that the hard cover is back up for sale. I am wondering, however, how much the book is going for? On zentastic you quote about 55$ where as on the printer’s site it’s closer to 75$.

    Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 12:27 am | Permalink
  18. Shannon wrote:

    Yeah, they seem to have upped their prices… It really seems kind of outrageous. I may just upload a better quality PDF so people can print it themselves!

    Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 5:17 am | Permalink
  19. Shannon i would LOVE to buy a copy of this book!! I’ve been waiting to try and get my hands on a copy forever, ive even posted craigslist ads haha. If i buy the book and mailed it to you, and payed for shipping back as well, would you be willing to sign it?

    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 1:18 am | Permalink
  20. Shannon wrote:

    Anthony, I’d be totally honored to do that!

    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Permalink
  21. Emm wrote:

    Hi Shannon.
    I got your book in the post yesterday and read it in 1 day. It was really hard to put it down once you had picked it up. I would like to say that I find these peoples stories very facinating. Thank you for giving me more insight. It’s just the paper back cover as I tried and couldn’t get hold of the hardcover.Thanks again. :-)

    Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Permalink
  22. redracer1 wrote:

    I was lucky enough to get a copy of this in its first printing, I got the softcover version. What an awesome book, I’m so glad I got it, I would recommend it to anyone into body modifications. It truly marks an era which may be gone forever (but I hope not). I only wish I could have been a part of the book!

    Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 11:33 am | Permalink
  23. Andrew wrote:

    hey i was wondering if there is a text only version of your books because the image are really intense.

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 4:52 am | Permalink
  24. Mike Hirsch wrote:

    R.I.P. Shannon, the world will miss you!

    Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

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