Modify: to change somewhat the form orqualities fromBody modifications have been around for centuries. The Aztecsand Mayans of Mexico and the Alaskan Eskimos are documentedfor using piercings as a form of body art. The reasons behind thesepiercings back then symbolized different things such as goodhealth or good luck. Now, piercings or other forms of body
ScarificationTo puncture (scar) the skin for a purpose of having adesired design. Mostly used in tribe rituals.
Tooth FilingFiling of a tooth or teeth in order for the tooth toappear sharper, rounder, etc.
Body piercer interviewMe: Have you or your any of your co- workers got in trouble after having a minor pierced?Piercer: There have been a few parents that have come to the shop to confront us, but wemake the person getting pierced sign a sheet basically saying that they give us permissionto pierce them.Me: How sterilized are the tools and materials you use before piercing/ tattooing a person?Piercer: Each and every needle, gloves and jewelry we use are brand new. They all come inindividually wrapped bags, and they are never used twice. Once they have been used, wethrow them away in a container used for needles.Me: What is some advice you give to any new people getting a piercing?Piercer: Always make sure you want the piercing 100%. Research the piercing as much aspossible and be sure that it’s what you want, because piercings leave scars and dependingon your skin tone, the scars can be noticeable or not noticeable at all. If you’re under 18make sure that your parents know to avoid any future conflicts. Go to a place that you trustis clean. A professional piercer always has a license. Surface piercings like yournape, sideburn, or belly button can reject easily so be sure to keep those areas as clean aspossible.
MichaelMe: What made you get the brand?Michael: Personal choice after I joined my fraternity. Scared of needles so I couldn’t do a tattoo so I decided togo with a brand because it was differentand the frat meant a lot to me.Me: What was the experience like? Can you give me details?Michael: It was nerve wrecking. A brand is done by shaping metal hangers into Greek letters. In my case it wasthe last two letters of my frat which means I was burned twice. Once they shaped the hangers, they sterilizethe hangers and skin. With baby powder, they create the outline of the letters on your skin. All this ishappening while you’re sitting and watching not knowing how painful it will be. Also, you can’t be under theinfluence of anything because it will thin out your blood and cause heavy bleeding.Me: Can you describe how it was during and after the process of getting branded?Michael: Once the trace is done, they fire up the hangers until they are scorching and have a bright red burn.They pick up the first letter and you brace yourself for the burn. It doesn’t hurt that bad and I have bros whosay their tattoos hurt more than the brand. The brand is quick, but it takes longer to heal. It takes about 3months for it to heal.
Miss Morgan DeniseMe: There’s always people saying “don’t get too many tattoos, you won’t get a good job.” Do you agree ordisagree?Morgan: I disagree strongly. My body is filled with tattoos from head to toe, and I am continuing to get moreand more. I am only 23, and my whole body is marked up. I own my own tanning salon and business. I am theowner, and nobody has looked down on me, or has looked at me differently. I believe my body is a canvas, and Ishall continue to mark it up.Me: What has inspired you to get so many tattoos?Morgan: Growing up I always saw my aunt Candice get tattoos. Me and her were very close, and still are to thisway. Of course I’m going to grow old and my body is going to sag, but every part of my body has a story to tell.Each part that is tatted is a memory. Some people express themselves through art, and so do I. The onlydifference is I like masterpieces to be put on me permanently.Me: What are your favorite pieces on you and why?Morgan: My favorite pieces are the portraits I have on my left arm of my grandmother, my father and mom.These are the three people that mean the most to me and have helped my through a lot in life. I look up tothem, and I permanently want them apart of me.
Controversy over nosepiercing?In 2010 a 14 year old girl, Ariana Iacono from North Carolina wassuspended from school for having her nose pierced. Her mother claimedthat according to their religion, having your nose pierced is to keep goodhealth, and as a sign of faith. The school thought of this as violatingschool dress codes. Ariana’s mother, Nikki, took the schools suspensionas in offense to their religion. Nikki Iacono took school officials to courtbecause she believed they were violating constitutional rights.
Follow Up…In order to find out moreinformation about bodymodifications you can check out:- Ripley’s Believe it or Notmagazines, books, museums.- Guinness Book of World Records- Taboo the show on NationalGeographic- Your local piercing/ tattoo shop
- At what age do you think would be appropriate toget a body modification?- Where do you think the most painful piercing wouldbe?- Should you be under the influence while decidingto get a body modification?- Would a piercing set off a metal detector?- Should body piercers/ modifiers numb the bodyarea before modifying it?- Should you get something modified on your bodybecause it’s a “trend” or because you actually likeit?- How would you take care of your piercing/ tattoo?