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Body Piercing and tattooing date back thousands of years Body piercing can be traced as far back as the 9th Century BCE in Iraq and as early as 2000 BCE in China History of Body Piercing Evidence for the practice of body piercing among Mayans Aztecs Romans Egyptians and Victorians is also prevalent According to the History of Body Piercing the Victorians pierced out of firm religious beliefs and to signify a rite of passage and often times as a sign of royalty While body piercing is seen as one of the most ancient practices of body modification which includes art forms such as tattooing and branding virtually all forms of body modification can be traced back to ancient times According to Katheleen McCloud 2002 tattooing can be dated back to 12000 BCE and was extremely popular among the Maori Polynesians Mayans Egyptians and the Chinese However for many years tattooing was shunned by the Anglo Saxons under the belief that tattooing was a freakish act Recently there has been a resurgence of body piercing and tattooing in the mainstream Now a days it is even hard to find a celebrity who is not pierced or tattooed Celebrities such as Pamela Anderson Tommy Lee Angelina Jolie Billy Bob Thorton Britney Spears AJ McClean and many more sport tattoos Christina Aguilera and Spears are also extremely popular pierced celebrities Traditionally in the United States piercing has been dominated by females with pierced ears However today not only are many men getting pierced but the locations of the piercings have migrated throughout the body According to one study of college students in America among college students 42 of men and 60 of women had body piercings However it has been suggested that these piercings are sought out of the same reasons for which they were sought back in ancient times However what ever the motivation is to pierce or tattoo oneself there are many things that can
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