Body Art: Bodies of Culture

"I don't think there is a culture anywhere in the world that doesn't engage in any sort of body modification."Chuck Eldridge
Body art, or body modification, includes tattooing, piercing, branding, implanting, and stretching among the most outrageous trends.It can be found anywhere; in the city, country and tribal mountains.It is practiced by all sorts of people.They all have different insights and reasons for subscribing to their choice of body alteration.
Thefirst known tattoo was found on a 5,300 year old iceman recovered in Italy.Body art later died out in the west until it was brought back into tribal cultures by sailors and explorers.Tattooing is famous among the sailors, which explains a seen tattoo shop in a navy base.Sailors travel around the world and they're always looking for something to bring home.Tattoo became the ultimate souvenir in the South Pacific.
As early as the 1700's, sailors toured in the South Pacific and came across natives with body tattoos.One of the tribes they encountered was the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand.One prominent feature of their culture is the striking tattoos that they wear.Full faced tattoos or the moko, is predominantly a male activity.Female forms of moko are restricted to the chin area, the upper lip and the nostrils.The tattoos are mandatory.Facial tattoos are emblematic of their tribe.For them it is the mark of the great warrior.Their process is very extreme.They used the same tools as for carving.They would sizzle the skin away, and rub pigment on the design.
The history of tattooing in the Philippines dates back as far as the history of the country itself.Back then, tattoos were applied using a pointed bird bone or a kind of a comb made of sea shells.A hammer or a mallet was used to hit these instruments repeatedly and drive the pigment, usually made of pine and sugarcane juice) under the ski…