There has been a global rise in demand for plastic surgery, which represents the simultaneously growing believe that fixing the outside will fix the inside.
A growing interest in plastic surgery reflects growing ideas that 'fixing' your body will fix your life.
Tongue splitting: one of the procedures the defendant was convicted for.
A body modification practitioner has been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent – even though he had the consent of the 'victims'.
Wales's intimate piercing ban takes away bodily autonomy for under 18s.
In the mid-1990s, body modification enthusiasts – a long-ostracized subculture – created an online community that incorporated blogs, dating and wikis.
Even though Facebook claims to be a global community, its rise has come at the expense of online subcultures for marginalized people, from body modification enthusiasts to drag queens.
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The law isn't clear on whether someone can even consent to eyeball tattoos, skin implants, tongue splitting or ear pointing.
She branded me with science.
Scarification is becoming a popular alternative to tattooing — but there is one big difference.
People with tattoos form part of a rich and meaningful history.
Tattoos are a part of mainstream culture and an everyday expression of our aesthetic impulses. That wasn't always the case, and the history of the tattoo lets us chart changing ideas about the human body.