The Origins Of Body Modification; Tattoos and piercings

The Origins Of Body Modification; Tattoos and piercings

Body modification refers to intentionally altering an individual’s body for non-medical purposes like religious reasons, for rites of passage or religious and beauty purposes. Different types or body moderation started at different times. For thousands of years, some have been in existence while others came to light just recently. Tattoos and body piercing are the most common ways associated with body modification. Other types include; tongue piercings, body art like tattoos, neck rings, subdermal implants, ear shaping, foot binding, scarification, branding, surgical implants among others.The decision made by a person to get body modification can be due to different reasons but most people usually brush it off as a cry for attention seeking or being rebellious since they are not familiar with the history of tattoos and piercings and what they have become in the mainstream culture. Click here for more information.    

Although the various means of modifying your body cannot be traced back to a single culture or continent, It is believed that the very oldest documented tattooed person was the Iceman Otzi and in 1991, his body was found but had died in 3300 bc. Generally, tattoo culture is said to have originated well over 10,000 years ago. On mummified bodies of egyptian people, tattoos of mythical creatures as well as animals were found.Roman emperor, Constantine prohibited tattoos when Christianity was on the rise, because they were associated with Criminals and paganism. The Nazis would tattoo Jews on their arms during Holocaust while Romans tattooed their criminals and slaves. In every period in History, there has been a time when tattooing has been thought of a vice and a taboo but they do become more mainstream each and every day because of new techniques discovered as well advancement made in the modern technology.      

The Origins Of Body Modification; Tattoos and piercings

Nose piercing is also a common form that is used for body modification. In thousands of years, it has been practiced. The first recorded nose piercings were about recorded roughly 4000 years in Middle East and are named in Bible in the book of Genesis chapter 24 verse 22 during the 16th century. The culture that originated from the Middle East was then introduced to Indians. There was no nose piercing in America or general west not until a group of people who had initially travelled to India after which they introduced that culture into the united states.

The origin of tongue piercings is ancient Aztecs since they practiced a ritual where blood meant to be offered to the gods was drawn from the tongue creating an altered state where the sharmans could communicates with the gods. Piercing of the lips had also gained popularity and were purely reserved for the male members. The ear piercings are believed have originated for some magical purposes. There were some naive beliefs among some tribes which stated that it was possible for demons to enter into a person’s body through their ears and putting metal in them would repel the evil spirits and this created a need for ear piercing.They were also done for ritual purposes, for instance when a father and mother would pierce each ear of a child to symbolize that the child depended on both for survival.

Latest styles of lip piercings

Latest styles of lip piercings

Lip piercings are a type of body piercing that penetrates the area surrounding the lip or the lip itself. This piercing can be done in various ways for different styles. Like tattoos and body piercing, lip piercings are done to enhance beauty as well as give someone an edge. Lip piercing is also commonly done to young men in Africa after they have come of age and had initiation. It is quite common especially among the young people today and it reflects an individual’s sense of style. Compared to other types of lip piercings, it is the least painful and this could be a great reason why people prefer it to other forms of piercings.  These are some of the latest styles of lip piercings.    

1. The medusa piercing.  This is a type of a piercing that is done just below the nose on the philtrum region and this makes it to be officially called the philtrum piercing.  A medusa lip piercing is typically done by use of a labret stand as jewelry and the ball sits outside the mouth as in the dip of the lip on top. In other variations, a curved barbell is used and the piercing will be placed vertically through the lip being pierced in a way that both beads are visible. To get about health issues regarding piercing, visit:   

Latest styles of lip piercings

2. The Labret piercing.  They are often considered as being lip piercings but they are not exactly attached to the lip. It is pierced above the chin and under the lip, however, if you would like to be pierced, you can choose the location where you want it to be positioned in.     

3. The Jestrum piercing.   It resembles a vertical labret piercing but it is pierced on the top lip just like the medusa piercing and this has led it to be given another name, vertical medusa. It is done on the upper lip philtrum and placed directly under the nasal spectrum. The process uses a curved barbell and both ends of the piercing are actually visible externally as the barbell’s lower part curves on the underside of the upper lip.  Sometimes, it can be combined with a lower labret and this forms a symmetrical look. For more information about Jestrum piercing, click here.   

4. A spider bites piercing.  It is also known as the viper bite piercing. It is a pair of piercings which are on the bottom lip and also close together. The name is derived from the fact that they look like a snake bite but they are closer together as compared to a snake bite.  They cannot be done together and are done one at a time as these piercings are more painful than they should be and you must wait until one piercing is healed so that you can go and have the next done.    

5. The Madonna piercing.  This is a labret which is placed on the right, off-centre on the right in the upper lip at the same place that some starlets have moles or beauty marks.  A 14 gauge labret jewelry is often used and sometimes a labret jewel stud. Usually, a labret piercing is placed on the right side of your face.

What Is Dermal & Microdermal Piercing?

What Is Dermal & Microdermal Piercing?

Dermal Piercing Explained    

Tattoos and body piercing have been around since before biblical times and is a form of body modification. Dermal piercings a.k.a micro dermal piercings have taken body piercing to the next level. It is a small Single-Point Piercing that is embedded or implanted, just under the skin and anchored below the skin surface to keep it in place. It does not have an entry and exit point like traditional piercings. A dermal punch or a piercing needle is used to insert the piercing jewelry into the skin. The jewelry lies flush on the body part being pierced. Unlike cartilage, belly button or the standard ear piercing, it is more difficult to care for or change since it is embedded in the dermis layer. Click here  to know about origins of body modification.  

The Procedure    

First, the area is sterilized. A dermal punch is used to cut out a small tunnel of skin, or a piercing needle is used to create an L-shaped pouch, using dermal forceps the anchor is placed into the incision. No anaesthetics are needed to do this procedure.    


Piercing migration and rejection is a high risk and common in Dermal Piercing. The body defends itself against the “foreign body” by pushing the jewelry closer to the surface. To ensure that your piercing lasts as long as possible, keep it clean and use antibacterial soap. Never touch it without washing your hands first.     

Purchase a saline solution and swab it on twice a day with a cotton bud. Add a small drop of Tea Tree Oil onto the cotton bud if the piercing is not on your face.    

You can make your own saline solution by using sea salt and boiling water (1/4teaspon salt to one cup). If possible, wear a breathable bandage and wear loose clothing if the piercing is under your clothes.    

How to Keep a Dermal Piercing in Place    

You can minimize the chances of rejection by following these tips.    

  • Select an area that has more skin such as your back or thighs.  * Use titanium or niobium jewelry rather than stainless steel 
  • For external piercing use a larger gauge. 16- and 18-gauge work the best. 
  • Talk to your piercer about the piercing, find out about the depth and the best size of the jewelry. 
  • Follow all aftercare instructions    
What Is Dermal & Microdermal Piercing?

What To Do If A Lymph Or A Crust Appears

If a crust begins on the piercing, soak a cotton bud in saline water to soften the small scab until you can remove it with a clean cloth or tissue.     

If the area has become badly infected and is pussy and yellow, go to your doctor, But, as soon as you see some redness take action, wash the area more frequently to keep it clean. If red streaks or swelling develops, or if the area is warm, it is a sign of infection. Skin infections get bad, quickly and can lead to sepsis that is potentially life-threatening.  Visit: for more information.  

Signs That Your Body Is Rejecting A Piercing 

  • jewelry has visibly moved from its original place
  • jewelry hangs or droops differently
  • the skin at the entrance hole becomes, flaky, red or inflamed, almost transparent, or calloused-   looking

Should you decide to remove your dermal piercing, it can be done with very little scarring or no scarring. Get a medical practitioner to remove it as there is a chance that the foot has melded to the tissue and it will have to be cut out. It is painful and costly. Do not change the top of your dermal til your piercing is completely healed.     

Dermal piercing is relatively safe, but infection, scaring, keloids and implant rejection are just as common as in other piercings.    

A Word Of Caution    

Body piercing and Dermal piercing can become addictive, so if you like your first piercing the chances are that you just might go for a second piercing. Keep your piercing clean, follow all the instructions and you will not regret having it done, even if you decide you dislike it.

5 Tips For Piercing Your Belly Button

5 Tips For Piercing Your Belly Button

Body modification has become increasingly common and can range from piercings to even more extreme measures such as shaping your teeth. Tattoos and body piercing is a form of art that has been used for cosmetic purposes as well as representations of some memories that people have in their daily lives. For example, birthdays of lovers or children, names of people who brought significant value to our lives, dates that mark important events in our lives or for decoration and beauty. There are people who feel like their skin is blank or naked without them and feel the need to have a tattoo or more drawn on their skin. To get about body piercings precautions, click here.   

Belly button piercings are attractive and beautiful. It is even practiced in some cultures as a tradition. Traditional belly button piercings are done above the upper half of your navel. Here are some tips for piercing your belly button    

1. The belly button piercing kit.  You must make sure that your piercing kit contains cotton balls, a body ink marker, a pair of sterile gloves, some jewellery as well as a mirror. The piece of jewellery should be small and thin. You will also need a clamp and a 14 gauge sterile piercing needle which is made from bioplast, titanium or stainless steel and a 14 gauge belly button ring. Rubbing alcohol is also necessary and some wipes.    

5 Tips For Piercing Your Belly Button

2. Picking the location for the belly button piercing.  Determining where you want your belly button piercing is probably one of the most important factors when it comes to getting one. Most of the times, people pierce above the navel. For instance, if you are a lady who is plus size, you will want it pierced where it is exposed and will not be hidden by a stomach roll whenever you sit down. The piercing also needs air to heal hence the need for exposure.    

3. Keeping it clean.  Once you get your belly button piercing, it is very important to keep it as clean as possible. Especially when it has not healed yet. This helps you to keep it from getting bacteria or dirt which could lead to an infection or further complications. Also, a dirty navel can cause irritation which creates discomfort and makes you want to itch all the time.    

4. Avoid jewellery that dangles.  Dangling belly button jewellery is beautiful but sometimes may get caught up in your navel, especially if you have a big belly. Also, having them pulled on clothes or other things is very uncomfortable and also very irritating. Curved barbells with balls of jewellery which are rounded and smooth allows for smoother movement of the jewellery within your belly button piercing as well as makes it easier to avoid irritations and infections or the risk of getting caught onto something.    

5. Just show it off.  A belly button is very pretty and it also complements your body and you should not be afraid to show it off. Flaunting it when wearing a crop top or other clothes that reveal your body is good. During the summer, flaunt it in your bikini and appreciate how gorgeous it looks on you.

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