body art

Interview with Elayne Angel on Body Modification

I was recently interviewed about body modification (for a school project) and I will share with you what I had to say on the subject:

Q: In your experience, how has body modification changed over the years since you started compared to now? Is it more complex and safe or is it going downhill for lack of better words?

 

A: Body piercing has undergone a truly explosive revolution since I became involved. After a long history among tribal peoples followed by years of obscurity at the fringes of Western society, body piercing has now achieved massive worldwide popularity in contemporary culture. For an amazing education about the development of the modern body piercing industry, read my former employer/mentor Jim Ward's revealing book, Running the Gauntlet. 

 

The Body as a Work of Art

I received this wonderful message as a posting on the Piercing Bible guestbook:

I really can't describe how good it feels to have found your website. I've
been interested in body modification for a few years now and though I have
only a few piercings, it's people like you who inspire me to treat my body as
a work of art. It makes me proud to have such a strong woman like yourself
representing the body mod community in such positive light.

Thank you so much for giving me such a positive role model. You give me
strength to remember who I am and not let society tell me what is and isn't
acceptable and normal. Perhaps one day you'll come to New Zealand and I'll
get the opportunity to be pierced by you.

Stay gorgeous, gorgeous.

Maybe some day I will come to New Zealand. I have some friends/colleagues at Streetwise Body Piercing and Tattooing in Auckland. I hope to visit and maybe do some piercings! If you want to stay up to date with my travels, sign up for my free newsletter (in the box in the left lower corner of this page).

Amazing Artwork

This post is about something a little bit different from what I usually write about, but I ran into a blog for an artist and was so impressed with what he had to say and the artwork that he did. It is, in fact, piercing-related artwork in pen and ceramic. Check it out here. Read what he has to say. He seems like a really cool dude! He's from South Africa and is a very talented artist. EUGENE HŐN : CERAMIC ARTIST (who is also wicked-good drawing with a ballpoint pen) says:

"Piercing evokes all sorts of emotions within us and society still frowns upon it and deplores the practice thereof. Personal expressions of this kind is a cultural phenomena associated with the individual’s need to expressive him or herself in a cultural diverse and hybrid society (globalisation) – the coming together of cultures and groupings (collisions) and their social behaviour patterns and beliefs – the creolization of cultures."
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