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    cultural passing and its relationship to body modification. Throughout the text the author searches for the meaning of the Maori Moko, and what the rationale is behind tattooing the body and face. The practice is not as popular as it once was; however, when older women were asked as to why they wanted the moko, they responded simply “it is the Maori way” and that “the moko was seen […] as a visible embodiment of Maori culture”. Similar ideas are presented in “Tabwa Tegumentary Inscription” by Allen F. Roberts, which discusses scarification within the similar tribes. The text notes the pain one endures undergoing scarification, and states the importance of this process for women within the Hemba community. These young women went through the procedure of scarification because it was seen as a sign of perfection needed in order to marry and have children. Girls who had not received their scars were often teased. The same idea is presented within “Ga’anda Scarification: A Model for Art and Identity” by Marla C. Berns. Among the Ga’anda people, the girls and boys must both undergo specific regimens in order to be seen as qualified for marriage. The boys may be taught practical skills like how to build tools and hunt, while the girls are given a series of scars across their face and body. In “Zulu Earplugs: A Study in Transformation” by Frank Jolles, he discusses the cultural importance of earplugs within Zulu culture. The process of piercing and stretching the ear, known as…

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    Many use it as a coming of age ritual that marks certain times throughout life. One group, however, has a slightly different spin on it. When a boy comes of age in the Chambri tribe in East Sepik, they go through crocodile scarification. This is basically the same idea as normal scarification, but the cuts and scars are located specifically on the back so that they resemble the scales of a crocodile. In a news article, a reporter writes about the relationship between the Chambri tribe and the…

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    body. Some of the most common type of body art are piercing, tattoos, and scarification. These methods are often used as a rites of passage, aesthetic reasons, religious reasons, and to show self-expression. The three different cultures being talked about are the, Tikopia, Marquesas, and Tsonga. All three cultures use body art through the process of tattooing. These different cultures do not do this art for the same reasoning which is one way to distinguish the different cultures. Cultural…

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    There is mention of ear and nose piercings in the Bible. There are a range of myths behind ear piercings and their placement and meaning. Nose piercing have been found as far back as 4,000 years in the middle east. Lip piercings and enlarged piercings have been used across Africa, Southeast Asia, and North and South America for centuries (St. Leone, 2010). Scarification, which is where people get scars permanently etched into the skin. This originated in dark-skinned people, because too much…

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    I’ve always loved seeing what makes an individual unique; after all, if we were surrounded by people that all looked the same, acted the same, and were nothing but alike we’d live in a very bland world. I was thirteen years old when I first noticed a visible tattoo on someone that was in my age range, and I remember analyzing the tattoo and thinking how beautiful each detail was. It wasn’t until a couple of days of getting to know this person that I noticed how no one would sit with him, or talk…

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    In this era, tattoos have become tremendously popular. Even though there was an unethical stereotype against people with body modifications, it still exists today. With the increasing number of people obtaining tattoos, the question arises if they should be allowed to be seen in the workplace. Although some occupations, like factories and construction companies, don’t mind tattoos showing, other professions, like the healthcare field, want their employees to cover up their body modifications…

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    Lean, Mean, and Tattooed Many people these days are soul searching and attempting to recreate how society views them individually. Most do this by non verbally communicating their beliefs and documenting life's milestones through the visual aids of tattoos. Where in wearing your heart on your sleeve takes on a literal meaning. Tattoos are becoming more and more socially acceptable among the newer generations because it is a “...form of self-expression.” (Keinlen 25), and seen as art. In some…

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    The media tends to stereotype people with tattoos and piercings as an untrustworthy group of people. Media believes that a person should look clean and respectable. A person with tattoos and piercings gets criticized over not meeting the media’s standard way of looking. The media judges a person with any sort of body modification before the said person has a chance to prove their self. Media portrays people with tattoos and piercings as unprofessional, bad parents, and criminals. In the media…

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    Tattooing is an art that has always been under construction. Although it been a contributing part of counterculture, tattooing has also contributed to art history in more ways than one. Once seen as a permanent marking for bikers, criminals, and rejected groups of society has now become a form of expression for everyone ages 18 and above. In America, native american tribes used it as a representation of their cultures and later on sailors and soldiers used tattoos to show where they had been and…

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    Inked Through out the pages of time, the second layer of human flesh became the first canvas for art. Today, this form of art is called tattoo. Just as a canvas is stroked by a paint brush, human skin is inked with a needle to create a permanent masterpiece. Loaded with as many meanings as there are global cultures, tattoos come in different sizes, shapes, styles, and designs. People wear tattoos like clothes that symbolize the runway of their life. Today tattoos are widely accepted across…

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