Body art: connecting past and future.

By | February 24, 2014

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Everywhere you turn, young people are using the human body as a

canvas. What they fail to realize is that they are participating in a

form of artistic expression that is nearly as old as human existence.

Addressing a Need

Observing my students’ fascinations with tattoo and henna, I

decided body art might make an excellent topic for study, guaranteed to

keep students’ attention. The topic was interdisciplinary and gave

me the opportunity to educate students about health and safety issues.

Defining Terms

Body Art: any form of art or expression that uses the human body as

a canvas or medium.

Skin Art: any form of decoration to the skin, permanent, or


Body Modification Body modification (or body alteration) is the permanent or semi-permanent deliberate altering of the human body for non-medical reasons, such as spiritual, various social (markings), BDSM “edgeplay” or aesthetic. It can range from the socially acceptable decoration (e.g. : the altering of the appearance of the human body

by adding or taking something away.

Body Sculpting body sculpting

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