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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. 

 

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."

Communications Implants in the Future?

I ran into a brief but interesting interview with Douglas Ferguson in Media Post Magazine - Art, Science & Everything In Between and it mentioned body piercing and body modification in reference to technological advances of the future! The question was posed:

Will people ever consent to having communications devices implanted? Ferguson: Gradually. Thirty years ago, the only people with tattoos were sailors, gang members, bikers, and circus people. Piercing was even less popular. The tipping point on permanent body changes was reached years ago, and I predict implantation will catch on among young people and diffuse slowly into the general population. It matters not at all how repulsive we find the idea today, any more than it mattered thirty years ago with tattoos and body piercing.

Interesting stuff and he has a good point! The other two questions of this brief interview were also very interesting.

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