Thank you!


Shawn Porter, Rachel Larratt, Todd Bertrang

I’ve finally found time to catch my breath after an amazing/emotional/exhausting/rad weekend; Stay Calm is behind us now and we’re left with a renewed sense of community for having done it. Seeing faces we hadn’t seen in years, meeting new old friends for the first time, telling stories, and having fun. I couldn’t really think of a better way to pay our respects to Shannon for the community he brought into being.

There will be more coming soon; pictures fron the park and the bar, fundraiser totals (Stay Calm believes in 100% financial transparency) and even event listings for upcoming IAM related functions, but for now, let me say a few thanks to the people who made this event go off without a hitch:

Thank you Carmela: Your ability to navigate the worlds of group rates, permits and planning are unparalleled.
Thank you Robin: When we were all too sad to think, you had the foresight to suggest doing a Weirdos hosted Memorial.
Thank you Brian: My consigliere for the last 13 years. Whenever I was stressed, your “I’m on it” was all I needed to hear.
Thank you Sahra: You were invaluable on a variety of levels.
Thank you Chez: Good LORD you can sell a fucking Jell-o shot.
Thank you Luis, Joe, V, Big Poppa Josh and Christine C for helping with everything else.

Thank you to all of the folks who came, had fun and donated generously to the cause; Ari and Rachel came up for the event and it was so great that she was able to see the influence her Dad’s life had on his friends and extended IAM/BME family.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Bella Vendetta
Bike Stop
Bishop Organics
Brian Decker
Diabolik DVD
Efix Roy
Gorilla Glass
Johnny Thief/Seppuku Tattoo
Maya Jewelry
Ryan Ouellette
Scarab Body Arts
Scylla & Corsetiere

Most of all- Thank you Shannon Larratt.
For 18 years you were my friend, my enemy, my mentor, my student, my devil’s advocate and more. I’m sorry that I’ll never get to break your balls over something you posted on Modblog, or bend your ear about some weird Sci Fi movie. I wish more than anything that we had one more day to just sit back, like we did under that tree in Tweed or on the beach in Mexico, and shoot the breeze about nothing important, just enjoying it for what it is.

We’re not going to remove this site post event; it’ll stay up as a reminder of a really great weekend with some of the finest people I’ve ever met and as a memorial to our friend.

Thank you everyone,


Shawn Porter
Philadelphia, PA
29th April 2013


Stay Calm Philly Fun Guide!


We’re pleased to have so many out of town visitors for the Stay Calm Memorial; Philadelphia is an amazing tourist destination and we’d love for you folks to make the most of your time here. Carmela has put together a custom tour book for ya’all that features some of our favorite Philly attractions, eateries, bars and amenities as well as complete event information!

FINAL: Stay Calm Philly Fun Guide/Event info
FINAL: Stay Calm Raffle Guide

You can download this into your phone, laptop, ipad, kindle… even if you don’t have a data connection you’ll be good to go!

See you soon!

Thank you, Shannon! (video submission request)


Hey folks!
So. We’re a week away from the STAY CALM memorial and the SC team is finally getting all of our ducks neatly in a row.

We’ve got 95% of the raffle items in hand (with the other 5% hopefully en route) and the shirt and print order off to the printers. We’ve got volunteers set up to help out at the bar, we’ve got a spot picked out at the park and we’ve even got a brunch scheduled for those of us who can get up early enough on Sunday to have a more reserved afternoon.

What we don’t have is you.

I know a lot of you folks would really love to make it here but for various reasons can’t. Can’t get time off work. Can’t get a sitter, a plane/bus/train/zeppelin ticket to Philadelphia, a hotel room, what have you.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t BE here, right?

One of the things that I’ll always remember Shannon for was him bringing the techie community and the body modification community together. It’s 2013. Most of us have computers with webcams, phones that can record in 1080p or handhelds that shoot damn near theatrical quality video.

What I’d like for you folks who can’t make it to do, if you still want to be here in spirit… is to record a short video talking about your connection to Shannon and the IAM/BME Community. How it’s affected your life. Met a spouse? Had a baby? Traveled to Mexico for BMEFest and used a swimming pool as a gravity bong?

Tell your story!

Then either upload it to YOUTUBE (tagged staycalmbme) or get a account and link me. We’re going edit them together and put them online; shared here on SCPhilly as well as BME. There are some great stories out there; sweet, funny, raunchy… let’s not let them be forgotten.

Oh. Did you guys like the STAY CALM Hand Screened print that Johnny Thief designed for us? Well get this! If you submit a video to the THANK YOU SHANNON! Project- your name goes into a drawing to have one sent to you on us! They’re available exclusively to attendees of the memorial, so you’ll be the coolest kid on your block!

Once you’ve got it online, email with the youtube or dropbox link and you’ll be set.

OH! This is really important. All submitted videos must be shot “properly”. Please watch the below video for best practice filming tips.

Videos should be under five minutes, 720dpi or higher if possible, m4v or mov format.

Stay Calm Print Finalized!


So it’s finally ready. Presale for the ‘official’ (for want of a better word) Stay Calm print goes up in the next day or two, but before the product listing goes live I thought I’d give you folks a sneak peak. We’re really please with how this came out.

The print will be hand screened in three colors on quality paper by Philadelphia’s Awesome Dudes Printing and will be available exclusively for event attendees. Size and price to be determined.

As with all Stay Calm offerings, 100% of net profits will be donated directly to Ari Larratt.

About Johnny:
Johnny “Thief” Di Donna is one of the most skilled and true artists inking people in America right now, and has achieved huge success in a broad range of very mainstream fields without compromising himself to that mainstream. Whether it’s designing artwork for Guitar Hero 3 or tattooing customers at his shop SEPPUKU TATTOO, his raw talent shines through- Shannon Larratt, February 2008

Tshirts Preorder!


Our friend and member of the IAM community Steve Labelle has whipped up the ‘offical’ event tshirt, which is available for presale now. The links below will have all of the ordering information, so please read it carefully!

If you’re going to be attending the event and will be picking the shirt up in Philadelphia:
Stay Calm Shirt Preorder for those ATTENDING the event.

If you need the shirt shipped:
Stay Calm Shirt Preorder for those NOT Attending the event. Will ship 1st May 2013.

As with all other monies raised for the Stay Calm event, 100% of net proceeds are going directly to Ari Larratt.

This is the mockup; the shirt may change slightly, but not much.

Momento Mori


More great news, folks!
Legendary rock poster artist Johnny Thief has completed the artwork for a very limited screen printed event poster for STAY CALM. Printed here in Philadelphia by the awesome dudes at Awesome Dudes Screen Printing a signed/numbered edition will be available only to folks attending the event. Presale is going up shortly and we’ll get the image online as soon as we have the final color art.

If there’s a call for it, we may do a second version- non signed/numbered for folks who can’t attend, but that’s still up in the air.


Glider Heart by Jeremy Smith
We’ve got some really fun stuff in the works, so.. Here’s the first big announcement:

I’ve been truly overwhelmed by the amount of folks who’ve signed up to come to Philly to say our respects to Shannon. To some of us he was a friend, to others a mentor… but to Ari- he was Dad.

I really want this event to be FUN, but to remind everyone that there is a somber note to the event as well. To combine the two- we’ve reached out to some of our friends in the industry and are going to be offering some AMAZING Raffle Prizes that will be up for grabs on 27th April!

100% of the Monies raised will go DIRECTLY to Ari!

Here’s what we’ve got so far- so keep checking back and bring some spare cash because this is can’t miss goodness!

Free Scarification gift card from John Joyce of Scarab Body Arts
Organic Jewelry courtesy of John Joyce/Scarab.
Free Scarification gift card from Ryan Oullette.
Implant Gift Card by Brian Decker.
$100 Gift Certificates from Gorilla Glass.
Organic Jewelry from Bishop Organics.
Gift Cards from Jimmy Buddha.
Gift Cards from Maya Organics.
Tattoo Gift Card from Johnny Thief.
Piercing service gift cards from Luis Garcia.
ONE OF A KIND “Glider Heart” Pendant by Jeremy Smith.
Free Suspension from ROP at this years ROP Campout.
An original SPC Blood Saint (vintage, son!) from Me.
Some rad tote bags from Tatjana.
Adult DVDs/Web Memberships from/for:, Buck Angel, Crash Pad Series, Brutal Master, Erotic BPM,,, and a few more!

More coming soon!

Some of the raffles will be “Dutch Auction” style and others will be silent, but there are going to be some AMAZING things up for grabs and it’s for a super rad cause.

25 Days and counting, who’s as geeked as I am?