Tattoos have been a thing for many, many years, with evidence of them way back in 3370 BC – that’s a pretty long time ago. However, it’s taken off in a massive way in recent years for people of all ages and demographics, and it isn’t just tattoos – it’s piercings and tongue splittings and stretching and just about everything in between.
We can’t possibly cover every type of body modification here, but we can go over the basics of some of the more popular ones. Ready to find out more? Read on!
Piercings are one of the most common forms of body modification, and the ones that can be removed the most easily. Little girls (and boys!) all over the world have had their ears pierced from a young age, traditionally in the lobe area. However, now body modification has taken off, other forms of piercing have become popular – various places in the ear, the nose, eyebrows, the genitals, and even nipple piercing! Piercing is traditionally done with either a sharp, sterile needle or a gun, depending on the location of the piercing. If you want to dip your toes into the world of body modification, this is probably the best one to start with because the holes will mostly heal over once you stop wearing the jewelry.
Tattoos, unless you have very costly – and painful – laser surgery, are for life, so we advise you to think very, very carefully before having your new partner’s name inked onto your arm. It involves having ink or pigment inserted into the skin to make a permanent design. As it is permanent and can come with a high risk of infection, it is important that if you are considering getting a tattoo to have it done at a professional tattoo parlour – do not let your friend have a go with some ink and a needle he bought off eBay!
The slightly more unusual
Tattoos and piercings are the most common forms of body modification, but look around you, and you will see various other forms. Some of the more unusual ones include ear gauges, where a metal ring is inserted into the ear lobe with the intention of stretching them, transdermal and micro dermal implants (where anchors for studs and spikes are implanted under the skin) and even things such as elf ears (the cutting and stitching of ears into a pointed shape) and tongue splitting – which is exactly how it sounds!
Body modifications are a great way to express your more rebellious and individual side and can look amazing. However, they are usually permanent and disfiguring, so before you get anything done that is going to alter your appearance for the rest of your life, think very carefully. Always make sure you go to a reputable salon to have this sort of work done and follow any aftercare instructions to the letter to prevent infection.