Body Art

United States
November 3, 2011 9:05pm CST
As some of you may know body modification is becoming very popular among us today. People get spikes implanted in their head to look like horns. Some people burn images into their skin. I watch a lot of shows about this and I'm all for it. I see it as a way of being different and expressing who you are. I wouldn't get implanted spikes, or anything but I would love to have tattoos and gauge my ears more. I see body art as just that, art. What are your opinions on body art and modification? Do you like it or not?
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17 responses
@Shavkat (44844)
• Philippines
4 Aug 12
It a choice for every individual to get into this kind of art. Art is a medium to express of what they desire or even feel. If I had the chance, I can put all the names of those who are close to me into my skin.
• Canada
20 Jan 13
I have my daughters names tattooed on my skin, and they will be there forever. Those are the only 2 names that will EVER be on my body though, simple reason being that no friendship, or relationship lasts forever!
• Philippines
9 Sep 12
I agree totally with you. I believe that this is a form of self expression. There is nothing wrong in being unique and different. I would not think the spikes are safe though. I think that is kind of a bit extreme for me. Tattoos are kind of nice. But I think my parents would not approve. Even though I do not have body art, I am still a ll for it and I respect people who are daring enough to get one.
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• United States
8 Nov 11
I think most of that stuff is rather bizarre. I've seen those shows too. They are interesting in a horrid kind of way. I like certain tattoos on people, when they are beautifully colored and not taking over the body. I hate to see them when they are ugly and all over the arms to the point that you can't see their skin. I wouldn't mind having a butterfly 'bracelet' made around my wrist, but I would not actually ever get one done.
• United States
8 Nov 11
I agree that they are interesting, but I really like them. I think full sleeves would look good on me but I don't think I will ever get them. I think the more the better. I have seen some incredible body art and every time I see tattoos I just want them more.
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• United States
9 Nov 11
I agree. Everybody has their own taste. I would like to get my eyebrow pierced and maybe my lip, as well as get some tattoos done.
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• United States
9 Nov 11
If I got my butterflies that I would like on my wrist, I'd never live it down. Everyone in the church would look down on me.. might not say anything to me, but they sure would to everyone else. So I just don't get one. I would love to have some forget me nots and maybe daisies in between made in a bracelet around my left wrist. But I'll never get them done.
@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
4 Nov 11
It is something that I wouldn't do myself but I have no problem with people who like them. My boyfriend just got a tattoo two weeks ago and he's planning to get more. I didn't try to talk him out of it or anything, I just expressed my concerns about hygiene and disease and I was assured new needles were being used so that was that. I did ask him why he wanted a tattoo and he didn't have any reason, he just liked it. I haven't seen anyone who's had extreme body modifications except on TV, but if I did see one I guess I'd still stare no matter how hard I try not to. It's just that what is different is often perceived to be strange, bad or crazy. Especially the older generations---I was raised in a household that believes body modification is a sin. But maybe that's the very reason why I started believing that I should be tolerant of what people want. Now, when I get older and have kids and my kids want to get such procedures, I don't know how I'm going to feel but I will probably oppose the idea.
• United States
4 Nov 11
I can see how it would concern people. I plan to get tattoos but I will have to watch them open new needles before I get them done. By law, they are supposed to use brand new needles on each person and they must open the needles in front of the person. I'm excited about getting ink and I can't wait.
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@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
5 Nov 11
I didn't know there was such a law, but that is very good, of course. We like watching tattoo shows like LA Ink and Miami Ink and in those shows I can tell that they do things the hygienic way. However, he was going to get a tattoo from a friend's friend he just met and they were going to do the procedure at home and not in a shop so I was initially worried. He got a biomech design and is very happy about it. Any ideas for your tattoo? All the best!
• United States
5 Nov 11
If a shop gets caught doing tattoos with dirty needles then they can get shut down. I want to get a grim reaper done on my left arm. I want to get a couple done but I'm not sure exactly which all ones I want.
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• United States
11 Nov 11
I got my first tattoo when I was 17. Got my boyfriends name put on my left arm. We gave each other tattoo's with Indian ink and a needle. A couple of years later, I had my nickname put on my right arm. Then I went and got a "tramp stamp" on my back. Got a name on my ummmmm....heart, and an ankle bracelet tattoo on my ankle. I'm 49 years old and I would luv a few more. I don't think an age should make a difference. I betcha once ya get your first tattoo HellsButcher, you're gonna want more and more!
• United States
11 Nov 11
I'm sure I will too. I don't think I will ever put someone's name on me unless me and my fiancee have kids. I won't get her name on me because to me it's bad luck. One of my brothers did it on his leg and they didn't work out. Now he's stuck with her name on his body forever. I agree, Age shouldn't make a difference. One thing I wont do is let someone give me a tattoo with indian ink and a needle. My older brother attempted to give me one like that when I was 16 but he was too drunk lol. Now I have a little cluster or greenish dots on my arm.
• United States
17 Nov 11
Smart Man, for sure....I know a chic with like 15 names all over her body-all ex's. Not good. Greenish dots huh? lol.....I would have him cover it up once he sobered up...lol
• United States
18 Nov 11
Yea. Wow, that's crazy that a girl you know has 15 of her ex's names on her. That's stupid and there is no point in it. That's why I wont get names on my body. I would have had him to cover it up but we never got around to it and plus it's not like a huge patch of dots. It's a small cluster of greenish dots so I'm not worried about it. I'm thinking about getting it covered up when I get the money.
@shanemae (1025)
• Philippines
11 Nov 11
hi there! hmm.. i would not go for any body modifications. like tattoo? no, i can't imagine myself wearing those things in my entire life. even ear piercing. i already have my pair and i am not planning to have any other. that would look unfeminine and unhygienic although there are women who look good with that. still i am not persuaded by that.
• United States
11 Nov 11
I agree, Body art isn't for everyone. You have your opinion and I respect that. I think some people can really pull it off but some people just can't. It depends on the person. It is good to have your own opinion about things.
@shanemae (1025)
• Philippines
16 Nov 11
thank you.
• United States
16 Nov 11
You're welcome!! :)
@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
5 Nov 11
Some of it is quite radical, but then...who's to say? Seriously...what you do with your own body is for you to say. I have 3 holes in each earlobe and have my first tat picked out. Unfortunately I have chemical sensitivities so I might be allergic to the inks...I have to find that out before I can go any further. But if I can tolerate the ink I think that I will be VERY happy with what I have picked out and where I want to put it. I would also really like a wee stud in my nose but my job discrimates against me in that! PPPPTTT!!!
• United States
5 Nov 11
I think it's just an expression on oneself. I am all for getting some ink whether it be just one tattoo, or sleeves. I love it and I always have. I wouldn't want to work where I couldn't have my plugs in my ears.
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@1wldngl (3996)
• United States
5 Nov 11
I can wear my earrings....but I can't have a nose stud. I work in a local ISD, the kids can have nose studs...but I can't. I'm thinking of pursuing it.....ijs.....
• United States
5 Nov 11
In most jobs they don't allow nose studs, lip rings, tongue rings, or tattoos that can't be hidden by a long sleeve shirt. Some jobs don't really care as long as you work hard and get your job done.
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• United States
6 Nov 11
I have 6 tattoos and love them. They all mean something special to me. I will never get spikes implanted, but as long as people can get them removed, then why not. If that is what they want and can live with themselves having them.
• United States
6 Nov 11
True. If someone wants it then that's their own decision and opinion.
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• United States
7 Nov 11
Arealkool - I have seen some really good body art as well. I've seen some that blew my mind. When I get tattoos I'm going to get something that I know I can live with for the rest of my life. Tattoo removal can be really expensive and I think it's kinda pointless to even get a tattoo if you can't live with it being on your body for the rest of your life.
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@albto_568 (1269)
• Costa Rica
15 Nov 11
I like body art too, and I have tatoos myself, from some designs I did myself, I just, would take care on doing something too radical, though, the definition of this varies from person to person, is important to understand that people and times changes, and people grow up too, and something that might seems too cool today, may donĀ“t look as a good idea in a few years ahead, when applying to a job, or meeting the girlfriends parents. As long as it makes you happy, go for it, my advise is, be aware that this decision, will go with you for a long long time, so, think well.
• United States
16 Nov 11
I agree. When getting a tattoo or any other modification done someone should think before they do it. I am sure I want it though. I am engaged so I don't have to worry about her parents. I'm sure not everyone I know will like it but as you sadi, If it makes me happy then do it. Where I live, you can work anywhere as long as your tattoos can be covered up. Most places don't even care. I will make sure they can be covered though just to be safe.
• United States
9 Nov 11
I believe that people need to lose their old-fashioned views on body art. I think that it is a form of self-expression that should be allowed and encouraged in moderation in society. Currently, I don't have that many piercings (they are all in my ears), but I would eventually be potentially interested in more. My parents despise piercings, but I don't see anything wrong with them, as long as there aren't so many that it detracts from your overall appearance. I think I would know when I reached an acceptable limit. I wouldn't let myself become too ostentatious in the number and visibility of my piercings.
• United States
9 Nov 11
I agree. Some people are set on their old fashion ways and look down on body art. It's more acceptable in today's society though. I have both ears gauged to a 2gauge and I thought about going to a 0 or 00, but I don't know yet. I would like to have my eyebrow pierced and maybe my lip but I'm not sure if I will get them done or not. I'm really into tattoos but I don't have any yet. I would love to have full sleeves on my arms because I think it would look really good on me. I see body art as a way of expression too. It's my favorite form of art andI say the more the better.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
4 Nov 11
Body art is not for everyone. There are some people who will abuse it. Body art is one way for people to be creative and express themselves.
• United States
5 Nov 11
Exactly. Some like it and some don't. I love body art. Do you like it?
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@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
4 Nov 11
I personally would not like to any modifications done in my body. I am contented with what I have and happy not to have any spikes, tattoos, piercings, surgeries just for fashion or art as some people may have call it. Although I don't find it bad either if my friends are into such arts.
• United States
4 Nov 11
I respect that. Everyone has their own taste and they all like different things.
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@Galena (9124)
4 Nov 11
I think it makes the world more interesting. personally I'm not into piercings. they suit some people, but I hardly even wear earrings, so it's not really for me. tattoos and waist training for me. I really like to see some of the more unusual body mods too. the world would be quite boring if we were all the same.
• United States
4 Nov 11
I agree. If everybody was the same then the world would be boring. The way I see it is, everybody is different in some way, but some just show how different they are. I'm one that doesn't want to fit in with any group. I think horns are awesome.
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@bingskee (5238)
• Philippines
4 Nov 11
some people just look good with these body modifications. some look like they're crooks who had just come out of prison. i see them for some as art and i see them as aggravation for some. i admire people who have the guts but unfortunately i do not have guts to have my body tattooed or pierced. i say, too much of everything is not good so a little tiny pierce is okay especially if it's nicely located. or a tattoo that is cute and not all over the body.
• United States
4 Nov 11
I love body art but I would never get covered in tattoos. I would like to have sleeves on my arms but I would be fine with 5-6 tattoos. I'm not really into the little bitty tattoos. I like the medium to big ones. I feel the same way about piercings too. I have 2gauge in both ears and I can stick a pencil through the hole but I want to go bigger. I guess it's just how I am. I like being different.
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• United States
4 Nov 11
I currently have four tattoos and I just had my monroe taken out a few days ago because we lost power and I lost the ball to the barbell. :( I was so disappointed about that. I love body mods. I really only date men with tattoos. I think they're really sexy. I don't know if I could date a man with less tattoos than me. As for piercings, I've had just about everything done when I was younger. I had my lip, snakebites, labret, monroe, belly button, nose, and my eyebrow. I definitely want more tattoos, but I feel like I grew out of piercings.
• United States
4 Nov 11
I have both ears gauged to a 2g but I kinda want to go bigger. I've wanted to get my eyebrow pierced but just haven't done it. I want tattoos really bad. I would love to have sleeves on both arms.
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• Canada
20 Jan 13
Honestly I think people should be able to do what they want to their own bodies if that is what they choose. I have 8 tattoos, and I love them! Each one has a story/memory behind it and my most precious one is the one that I got symbolizing my daughters. It has their names under it as well. Those are the ONLY 2 names that I will EVER have on my body though!
• Italy
25 Jan 12
I love body art modification. I think that everyone can do what he wants of his body. Some body modification seems excessive but however I respect the idea of body modification. I also see like you body modification like art even if many people have a different idea.