Tattoos, Piercings, and Body Mods, Oh My!

I love tattoos.

I have since I was twelve years old, and I started copying them out of magazines 66442_10150670872028303_1038181154_nin the motorcycle garage belonging to a friend of the family. It’s how I learned to draw. Well, how I got started, anyway. The moment I found out you could create a piece of art, put it on your body, and it would stay there, I was in awe. And I was definitely getting one. One day.

I had my angel drawn and ready to go when I was 16, and got it at 18. My ‘two year rule’ started from there. You see, people regret tattoos sometimes, and I don’t want to end up one of those people. My rule is I can’t get a tattoo done unless I’ve liked the idea for over two years. It’s why I only have a few, and I’m not yet covered.

I often have people stare, and not always in a good way, but most of the time, I don’t really care. People need to understand something about those that have tattoos, piercings, and body mods.

 

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The Beauty Myth

In 1991 Naomi Wolf suggested that images of beauty were being used against women in order to control their social and political status.

She makes several intriguing points in her book, ‘The Beauty Myth.’

“The more legal and material hindrances women have broken through, the more strictly and heavily and cruelly images of female beauty have come to weigh upon us… [D]uring the past decade, women breached the power structure; meanwhile, eating disorders rose exponentially and cosmetic surgery became the fastest-growing specialty… [P]ornography became the main media category, ahead of legitimate films and records combined, and thirty-three thousand American women told researchers that they would rather lose ten to fifteen pounds than achieve any other goal…More women have more money and power and scope and legal recognition than we have ever had before; but in terms of how we feel about ourselves physically, we may actually be worse off than our unliberated grandmothers”

I’d like to suggest another layer to this. Not only has the beauty myth engulfed our lives, and especially the lives of our young women, but the beauty industry is feeding off the self-loathing it creates through these ‘impossible to achieve images.’

The images being portrayed as beautiful are getting so difficult to achieve that even models and gorgeous women in the music and movie industries can’t do it. Photos and screen shots are modified to match the slimmer look. Women are starving themselves to ‘look the part.’ Why wouldn’t our young girls follow suit? Many of these women are their idols and role models. It’s become so important to look good, other more important goals fall by the wayside. It’s a sick and twisted reality.

Then there are the stars fighting the trends, including Beyonce Knowles, who has been upset several times over magazines ‘trimming’ her body, including the most recent H&M Summer Collection shoot.

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She’s a role model portraying a beauty image that goes against the trends and she was right when she said, ‘I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.’ Continue reading

Common Insanity

We often hold a distorted view of ourselves.
Whether it be to do with our intellect, our looks, our physical capabilities.
Through our reality, and experiences, we plot out a schema of who we are.
Others can poke and prod.
But at the end of the day, we have to make a choice.
There is only one person who allows certain restraints to debilitate us.
What we choose to believe about ourselves affects our daily interactions, the way we hold ourselves, our bodies, self-talk, our relationships and so, basically everything important to us.
This Dove campaign is pretty awesome. Not because I like the soap, but because it shows evidence of the common insanity that lives within us … the lurking undercurrent, waiting to pull us under. One, that should be observed, and checked, as often as one remembers to do so.

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