Book 6. Body Art-Modification, Tattoo-Piercing Guide, includes Jobs

Body Art-Modification, Tattoo-Piercing Guide Introduction

Most of us see people around with all kinds of body adornments, modifications, art, tattoos, piercings, scarring, branding, etc. but we don’t where it comes from.

If you go to, under several categories in thre body art genre, you’ll find indepth articles about the history of these practices, how they began in ancient cultures and how they are now done in the West, mostly to look cool by young people I think.

I cover the practical parts of body art, the safety of it, resources and websites and even jobs and business. There’s a small industry to tattoos, piercings, body jewelry, tattoo removal and even performance arts shows that showcase body art.

I don’t claim to be an expert but it’s a good book if you’re looking to learn entire field and don’t want want to bother clicking all over the internet looking for bits and pieces of body modification knowledge.

Books about piercing and tattooing are at #617.95 or RD119.5 at the library.

Many people have this fetish of adorning their bodies for ego sake because it seems cool. Some people do it for sexual attraction sake and because they like the masochistic feeling of the piercings.

Body piercing go from earrings, nose rings, eye brow rings and tongue rings to body jewelry which is often bellybutton rings or studs can go as far as genital piercings.

Rings are just round pieces of metal. Studs are pieces of metal with a small knob at one end and a screw-on knob at the other.

Body modification is often done for:

sexual enhancement
rites of passage
religious beliefs
group membership or affiliation
body art
shock value

Here are some common body modifications:

Body piercing, permanent placement of jewelry through an artificial fistula; sometimes further modified by stretching

Ear piercing

Pearling, also known as genital beading

Neck ring, multiple neck rings or spiral are worn to stretch the neck

Scrotal implants

Tattooing, injection of a pigment under the skin

Teeth blackening

Eyeball tattooing, injection of a pigment into the sclera

Extraocular implant (eyeball jewelry)

Surface piercing, a piercing where the entrance and exit holes are pierced through the same flat area of skin

Microdermal implants

Transdermal implant, implantation of an object below the dermis, but which exits the skin at one or more points

Breast implants

Silicone injection
Subdermal implant, implantation of an object that resides entirely below the dermis, including horn implants

Genital modification and mutilation

Female genital mutilation

Circumcision, the partial or full removal of the foreskin, sometimes also the frenulum

Emasculation, complete removal of the penis (orchiectomy plus penectomy)

Nipple cutting

Nipple removal
Nipple splitting

Nullification, the voluntary removal of body parts.

Tongue cutting

Tongue splitting, bisection of the tongue similar to a snake

Corsetry or tightlacing, binding of the waist and shaping of the torso

Cranial binding, modification of the shape of infants’ heads

Breast ironing, Pressing (sometimes with a heated object) the breasts of a pubescent female to prevent their growth.

Foot binding, compression of the feet of girls to modify them for aesthetic reasons

Anal stretching

Jelqing, penis enlargement

Stretched lip piercings

Branding, controlled burning or cauterizing of tissue to encourage scarring

Ear shaping

Scarification, cutting or removal of dermis

Tooth filing

Yaeba, the deliberate misaligning or capping of teeth to give a crooked appearance.

genital tattooing

Disfigurement and mutilation

There is a fine line between body modification and self-mutilation.

Here are related terms:

Attraction to disability
Church of Body Modification
Genital modification

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