What is body art and what of its origin? Body piercing and sketching on human skin goes back to ancient times. Both type of flesh décor can specifically symbolize status or a religious dedication for some folk. Today, body art is seen as a way of "beautifying" the skin rather than represent something. The question is, does it though? This would depend on how a person perceives beauty. Aside from beauty we have "pretty" Pretty ugly symptoms if the process goes wrong. Tattoo/body piercing is risky business and should be given serious thought before you end up resembling a pin cushion.
Body art can honor a special time in a person`s life. Regardless of how "special" the occasion and before making an impulse decision, consider the risks and downsides. Verified testimonials come from the people with the name of their ex tattooed on their body who live the rest of their lives toting regret. Tattoos are a permanent ink/dye marking on the skin. Scrubbing with soap will not remove the tattoo.
Branding/Scarification sees the skin seared with specific instruments (hot iron/scalpel) which create a raised design; the darker the skin, the better the keloid. A keloid is a tough heaped-up scar that rises above the rest of the skin. It is irregularly shaped and tends to enlarge gradually. Unlike scars, keloids do not subside over time.
Body play or shaping is the harshest of body art practices. It includes body suspension, waist/corset training, and implantation of objects under the skin. Common objects located underneath the flesh are metal spikes/marbles. Do not dive in head first without weighing up the pros and cons. You must give serious thought to the aftermath if the procedure goes belly up.
Type of body art fast becoming the rage is aesthetic dentistry. This includes gold/silver and porcelain caps. The process sees a hole drilled into a molar (ouch) and a sparkling gem placed into the orifice.