Body Adornment

Topics: Body piercing, Body modification, Tattoo Pages: 20 (6226 words) Published: November 15, 2010
Body Adornment

Submitted by : SADHVI KONCHADA
Roll no. - 26
Foundation Progamme – 2010

Submitted to : Mr. A. Srinivasa Rao
Subject: Professional Practices ( Dept. of Fashion Management) NIFT, Hyderabad

Table of contents Topic 1. Executive Summary 1 2. Introduction 3 3. History 4 4. Unit-1 : Tattoos 5 Introduction 6 Significance in the past 7 Present examples 8 Negative Associations 9 Dyes and pigments 10 Procedure 11 5. Unit-2 : Piercings 13 History 14 Growing Popularity in the West 15 Piercing Prohibitions 17

Risks 18 21st century statistics 20

List of appendices Title

1. Body Art: The story behind tattooing 21 and piercing in Canada

2. Tattoos : From Times articles 23

3. News: Piercing Cases a Cause for Concern? 24

4. World Records 26

Executive Summary

Objective :
Body adornment is the way humans have captured to relate their experiences to their physical body. The most common forms are tattoos and body piercing. This report would give the gist of the past significance of these forms, their methodologies, health risks and other necessary details. It also includes a news report briefing the same and surveying in Canada. Major Findings :

Almost every civilization has some kind of practice or ritual involving tattooing. Natives from Africa, Borneo, Polynesia, Philippines, and Mesoamerica still use tattoos as either religious or war symbols. The earliest known tattoo was found on a man on the Italian-Austrian border in 1991. After carbon dating testing was completed, the man, referred to as ‘Iceman’, was found to be around 5,200 years old. Of his 57 tattoos, most are located on what today are considered acupuncture points, leading anthropologists to believe the tattoos were used for medicinal purposes. The tattoos found on the Siberian mummies were thought to be decorative or to show one's status or rank. In Britain, if a person has dot tattooed on the left cheekbone, it means that they spent time in Borstal prison. In America, if someone gets a teardrop tattooed by the eye, it usually means that the person has committed murder or a friend was killer in prison. A tattoo of a clock with no hands symbolizes doing a life sentence. Conclusion :

Tattoos have been used for centuries to reflect changes in life status, whether passage into adulthood or induction into a group like the military or a gang. In recent years, tattoos have also become a fashion accessory, a trend fueled by basketball players, bands and celebrities. A report by the Food and Drug Administration estimated that as many as 45 million...
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