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article raises some points for thought - self mutilation as art 
12/11/08 5:10
asleep at mal 9/09
http://crispinsartwell.com/long/tattoo.htm

i never really thought about the ink and piercings as self mutilation per-se, but i am proud of the art that adorns my body and i will eventually add more

and the grouping of not only tattoos and piercings but weight training, anorexia, etc as forms of taking control of your body
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12/11/08 17:11 (UTC)
I just wrote a paper for someone on this subject, and my main argument for tattoos and piercings being accepted into the main stream was pointing out all of the acceptable body mods including hair cuts/dyes, dieting, plastic surgery, ect. and trying to prove that body mod has become so common place it could no longer be put in a category of mutilation/mental illness since cultural attitudes have changed so drastically in the last 20 years.

Yes, I'm 32 and still writing college papers for students for cash. Shut up. ;)
12/12/08 7:09 (UTC)
I have to say I'm not buying all his theories...not that this guy's point of view isn't valid but I think he's projecting too much. His reasons for doing things are not my reasons. They will probably match up with some people's, just as mine will, but our culture is not so homogeneous that you can say 'People do X thing because of Y'

I think might also want to brush up on the history of tattoos, since the first one didn't just suddenly appear one day on the arm of some biker while he was passed out drunk. Stereotypes and common perceptions are inaccurate and shallow, they don't provide a sound basis for a theory of human motivation.

But yes, thought provoking :)