Most people look at the words “body modification” and get weird or scary implications from that but it isn’t always something that is weird or freaky. It can be as simple as an ear piercing, which is something that most people have.
Body modification is the deliberate alteration of your body for a non-medical reason such as a rites passage, for religious reasons, as a form of self expression, or for aesthetic reasons. The term body modification is generally associated with tattoos and piercings but can also mean branding, scarification, implants, and a number of other lesser known practices or procedures.
It is a common misconception that a body piercing is a fairly recent trend but ear piercing is very popular through out many cultures and both ear and the nostril piercing have been dated back to the Bible (Genesis 24:22, Isaiah 3:21). Tribes across Africa, Southeast Asia and in North and South America all participate in lip piercing or have lip discs.
Tattooing has been around for a VERY long time and has been found on mummified Egyptians and the iceman of Otzi dating as far back as 3300 BCE. However, the practice is believed to have originated over 10,000 years ago. Means of tattooing has greatly improved over the years and the machines and inks have gotten much more sterile and easier to use. While the technology may have changed a lot, the basic reasoning for wanting tattoos hasn’t changed at all. People have been forcibly tattooed as well as a form of identification for criminals or as a form of humiliation and that sort of thing still exists in society today. Despite all that, tattoos have been and continue to be a greatly enjoyed thing to have.