Tattoos, Scarification, Piercing

It is important to people in most cultures to provide some visible identifier – an indication of membership for all to see. The permanence of tattoos, piercings and scarifications make even bolder statements. Humans are endlessly capable of developing patterns and symbols to expand and reinforce a culture’s identity. It is incredible that – with just a few markings – we can tell if a tattoo hails from New Zealand or Africa or the Hawaiian Islands. And, even if one of those cultures is not in our personal heritage, many of us proudly wear them as a statement about our own values.

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