postheadericon How to Modify Your Body With Tattoos and Piercing

Body modification has existed for thousands of years, and has evolved into many different procedures, from the simple and painless to the elaborate and risky. Today, people choose to modify themselves for many reasons, from spirituality to fashion. There are many things to consider before you alter your body. Many different things could be considered body modification, such as reconstructive surgery and weightlifting. This Wikihow focuses on “atypical” mods, those related to tattooing and piercing, that make the body less “standard”.

How to Modify Your Body With Tattoos and Piercing

1 Decide what your reasons are for wanting to change your body. If it’s just fashion, how often do your tastes change? If it’s spiritual, what types of mods are relevant to your wishes? If it’s personal, what mods express who you are?

How to Modify Your Body With Tattoos and Piercing

2 Choose a level of permanence you are comfortable with. Piercings leave scars, tattoos are expensive and painful to remove. Implants may leave larger scars, and some mods like tongue splitting, tooth filing, and ear pointing are permanent, or very painful and difficult to reverse.

How to Modify Your Body With Tattoos and Piercing

3 Examine your body. What piercings, tattoos, or other mods would flatter it? Well done tattoos may improve a poor self image, you may have a septum that’s perfect for stretching. You may love the look of something on another person, but you might not love it on yourself.

How to Modify Your Body With Tattoos and Piercing

4 Choose a body mod artist that is knowledgeable and experienced. Make sure the surroundings are clean and sterile, as well as the procedures. Extreme mod artists are hard to come by, and you should research them thoroughly before choosing one.

How to Modify Your Body With Tattoos and Piercing

5 Know what the laws are in your area for age, and also what is legal. Some extreme mods, such as tongue splitting, are considered “medical procedures” in certain places and are illegal for anyone other than a medical doctor to perform. Some mod artists work in a legal grey area, and are low-key about their extreme work. In other areas, artists may be free to do whatever the client wishes and can legally consent to.

How to Modify Your Body With Tattoos and Piercing

6 Know everything about your procedure. Tattooing and piercing are common and very advanced, giving consistent results. Scarification results, even if done well, are hard to judge before healing.

How to Modify Your Body With Tattoos and Piercing

7 Think it over. Think it over some more. When you are certain, think about it some more. From stretching your lobes one gauge, to branding, to trans-dermal implants, all mods should be something you’ve thought about enough that you’re sure you won’t regret it.

How to Modify Your Body With Tattoos and Piercing

8 Use proper aftercare procedures, and take care of your mods.

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