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Body Art Book: A Complete, Illustrated Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Modifications

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    A Universal Language?

    The Body Art Book: A rare form of definite self-proclamation that has been an expression of society since the beginning of time is the art of tattooing. The most ancient tattooed specimen to date was found within the iceman era which dates back to 3300 BC. Not only can tattoos vary in forms but significance as well. Dating back to tribal eras tattoos were used to signify protection over certain areas of the body, or even status within ones tribe. Over time, different styles have developed along with the meaning behind them. Each tattoo evokes self definition, expression and even personal awareness. It is a permanent mark that will forever remind one of the personal significance behind it. Interestingly enough, the art of tattooing is one of the only universal languages today. It is a prominent form of art in cultures all around the world. The self decorative form of piercing is also a common art form practiced in various cultures today. A well-placed pierce can enhance a cute body part or even camouflage a flawed one. It can also signify maturity or rebellious nature among younger generations. For some, a simple tattoo or piercing is sacred within itself and the need for more diminishes. However, it can also become dangerously addictive. The anticipation of getting the work not only comes with an overall endorphin rush but a sense of empowerment that reminds one of why they did it, and what it truly represents. A common tattoo with a myriad of meanings is the feather, which can be displayed in a number of ways. Often a feather signifies the correlation between the element of air and ones desire to break free of earthly bonds. It can also be associated with spiritual enlightenment or simply self adornment. In the piercing world there is tricky maneuvers and specific placement behind each piercing. For example, when piercing the navel one must consider the size and shape of the jewelry, the properties of the naval ( innie/outie, lots of little of flesh), and even the nature of the body behind the person having the work done. One cannot stress enough that safety and common sense are the most important considerations in body artwork. Aftercare is also key in any successful work. Daily cleaning with sterol utensils and spray is essential to a healthy recovery. Not only has this art form been around since the beginning of time it has continually evolved throughout the history of mankind. More than a part of our past, body art is a prominent part of our present and most importantly, our future.

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