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 Wikipedia.org, 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:
rites of passage
group membership or affiliation
Here are some common body modifications:
Body piercing, permanent placement of jewelry through an artificial fistula; sometimes further modified by stretching
Pearling, also known as genital beading
Neck ring, multiple neck rings or spiral are worn to stretch the neck
Tattooing, injection of a pigment under the skin
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
Transdermal implant, implantation of an object below the dermis, but which exits the skin at one or more points
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)
Nullification, the voluntary removal of body parts.
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
Jelqing, penis enlargement
Stretched lip piercings
Branding, controlled burning or cauterizing of tissue to encourage scarring
Scarification, cutting or removal of dermis
Yaeba, the deliberate misaligning or capping of teeth to give a crooked appearance.
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