Comparative Analysis of Josie Appleton’s article “The Body Piercing Project” and Bonnie Berkowitz’ “Tattooing Outgrows Its Renegade Image to Thrive In The Mainstream”.
Traditionally, tattoos were meant for sailors, soldiers, bikers and gangs. Along with several changes in the industrialized and technological society of the twenty-first century, the standard for getting body modifications have altered as well. Everyday, people are willing to get permanently marked as an individual choice rather than the customarily perception of belonging to a certain group. Tattoo and piercing shops are not seen as “the backstreet” of the commercial civilization today, it is somewhat an expected sight in all public places. Josie Appleton in “The Body
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Appleton writes about several psychological means on why people get tattoos and piercings. “Some also claim that body modification helps them to feel ‘comfortable in their own skin’ or proud of parts of their body they were previously ashamed” (Appleton 163). Amongst other issues, the problem of being comfortable with their body is made manageable to handle when having a tattoo or piercing. Even though a person is coping with his or her issues, the original problems are just concealed not solved. Appleton says some people use body modification to resolve a sense of self-estrangement, to deal with problems because when you hurt, you are still alive, or master traumatic events (163). Again, the modification will let the individuals cope with their issues but not entirely fix them. One can even look at getting body modification as an addiction since some individuals need them to handle their problems. Berkowitz informs about the physical means of getting a tattoo. In 2011, the tattoo artists use sanitized equipment and vegan-friendly ink in addition to advertising their autoclaves and hygiene standards according to Berkowitz’ article. Berkowitz again uses historical fact to underline the importance of her statements by saying that “… tattooists have largely cleaned up their own industry, beginning