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My Scar Story

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My 3, tiny tiny scars.

Scars. We all have them. However, the stories behind them are all incredibly different. (more…)

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Your skin is your largest organ, your first defense against the outside world. And mine is constantly under attack. The enemy? My own hands.

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Scarification, the process of creating raised designs on the body by cutting, branding, burning, or freezing the skin, is a body modification practice widely unheard of (compared to the more popular practices such as piercing and tattooing) in the Western world. Its practice in the U.S., originally adopted by the gay and lesbian subcultures of mid-1980s San Francisco, was revived by the neotribal movement of the early 1990s in an attempt to create a more “authentic” aesthetic while also romanticizing exoticism.

TW: blood, mildly graphic description of scarification process

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In a print based society, we’re trained from an early age to find meaning in marks.  I’m going to look at some of the ways that we ‘read’ bodies today.

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