Unique Entities Aspiring to Unite

Scarification: The act of scratching, etching, burning/branding, or superficially cutting designs or words into the skin as a permanent body modification.

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This type of tattoo raises a whole lot of controversy, as you may have guessed. You yourself could be thinking horrified thoughts and jumping to crazy conclusions. Scarification is not self-harm, although I’m sure those of us who have practiced self-harm find this to be a rather intriguing form of art. In a small amount of cases, the person getting the tattoo could be doing so for psychologically unhealthy reasons, but this fact does not define the practice.

I personally believe scarification to be a beautiful form of self expression. The pain one endures during the procedure, the careful healing process, and then finally viewing the end result. It represents a person’s willingness to feel pain in order to come to the resulting beauty. It can also be a permanent reminder of mental strength; mind conquering the physical.

You see, they say that people shrivel up because they have an imagination. So, don’t imagine anything, you’ll become brave as hell.

. . Old Boy . .

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Oh my! I absolutely adore how you can manipulate human casing. Our skin is so impressionable. It’s stained with our torment and smiles. Memories of falling; physically and figuratively. Representations of our inner imagination. Walking art. It makes me shiver just thinking about it.

Scarification is not modern. It has been carried out by the Māori in New Zealand, creating Tā moko. Moko is a traditional form of tattoo that is done using chisels (uhi) to carve the skin and create grooves, rather than puncturing the skin and leaving it smooth. It is often seen on the face, accentuating the features of the wearer and his or her identity. Moko is a story and the designs have meaning, like a visual language. It is a representation of what Māori call whakapapa, their ancestry.

african scarificationAfrican scarification was a sign of courage, strength, and fortitude. It emphasized beauty and chased the admiration of society. Different designs and placements represented different things, such as the abdomen on the woman to accentuate child bearing.

Even African sculptures had markings of scarification on them, showing the true importance of the art form to the people.

I can’t help but notice how desperate humans are to feel as though they truly portray their worth and connection to their fellow beings. We strive to be unique yet linked. It’s beautiful and inspiring.


~ by Moonstruck on March 15, 2013.

One Response to “Unique Entities Aspiring to Unite”

  1. This is definitely interesting.

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