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There are various aspects through which people especially youth identify themselves People are always sending some sort of communication out at all times whether it is subconscious or not Images and styles are adopted which communicate meanings about the individual to hisher peers and to society Styles of dress language music and dance are some of the ways that portray ones own unique symbols values and meanings One other such signifier of identity is through body modification particularly tattooing and body piercing In todays society people have adopted the new style or trend of body modification There are many reasons in which people obtain piercings and tattoos Those who modify manipulate and mutilate their bodies do so for many reasons Some say its simply exciting and pleasurable or part of the latest fad Others place it in the context of art ritual or self-expression-they say its an act with cultural and social significance In contrast many people cant understand why someone would choose to put so many holes in their body or cut their skin They see body modification as self-destructive much like anorexia or bulimia Below I will talk about why what where and how people modify their body and how people look upon them Youth and adolescence is one of if not the most significant and influential moments in ones life when youth are seeking their identity of who they are Tattooing and piercing are one of the many ways through which youth may express their identity for they are symbolic representations of how the self is conceived or understood People may also want themselves to be portrayed as someone who they are not For example someone gets a tattoo or earrings just to look tough or cool Getting a piercing or tattoo symbolises a certain change in ones life These changes no matter how minuscule they may seem have a huge impact on a persons identity Usually when a youth gets
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