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Tattooing piercing scarification and three dimensional body art have long been a cultural tradition a rite of passage symbolizing ones place in the world who one is Today there is no difference Like our ancestors bodily modification is again becoming a cultural occurrence Rather than signifying ones tribe religion or status within a tribe tattooing piercing and other forms of bodily modification are becoming symbols of the subculture one belongs to For more than a century American military personnel have tattooed themselves with symbols signifying their allegiance to their comrades andor their group McDowell The people of the Gothic movement pierce in order to show their individuality or a portion of their personality Alsentzer Both are similar practices for the same purpose that of fitting in with their very different groups In ancient Celtic culture people were tattooed with the symbol that signified a persons place within the society Celtic Nation Likewise modern society also uses bodily modification to achieve or display status Members of certain subcultures some known as Goth or Punk have resorted to tattoo piercing scarification three-dimensional body art as a way of separating themselves from the larger group These subcultures by nature find popular culture unappealing and so find means of differentiating themselves from the masses This alternative and simple method has become quite popular resultantly Bodily modification has also become a means of expression and communication for those of homosexual groups indicating their sexuality and interests Winterson Written on the Body Tattoos body piercings scarification and three dimensional body art have served both of these purposes detachment and communication though detachment is the much more common of the two In this sense bodily modification is very definitely an attempt at individuality With the onset of modern encouragement regarding individuality the long suppressed art in mainstream tattooing is again becoming a socially acceptable one It is said that the roadmap of ones life can be seen on
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