What is Scarification?

6 Mar

Above: A piece done by Brian Decker of Pure Body Arts

Scarification tattoos originated from tribes and cultures that had used them as a rite of passage or to tell something about the person wearing them. In other cultures, they were a part of their religion. Here in America, they are a piece of artwork.

A scarification tattoo can be something that has been cut into a person or burned into the body. When the design is burned in, it is called a brand.

Ink rubbing can also be an option when getting a scar tattoo. What this is; is after the tattoo is fresh, tattoo ink is rubbed into the cut and it gives off a similar effect to a tattoo.

The reason why some people choose to have a scar tattoo as compared to an ink one is because it shows better on those who have darker skin. A dark ink will not show up as well on a darker skinned person. These can also leave risen scars which is another look that some people crave.

Some risks are that the scar tattoo will not heal evenly. The goal of a scar tattoo is for the keloids or hypertrophic scarring. Another risk is that the tattoo will not show as clear. After the tattoo has healed, small details may not be seen because the scar tends to expand from where the cut itself has been made.

A lot of young people try to do this at home, but they will not show up as dark because they are not as deep down into the skin. Doing any procedure at home is not the best idea.


2 Responses to “What is Scarification?”

  1. danielleuniverse March 9, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    Pretty Interesting, I never heard of this type of tattoo before


  1. Modifying College - March 25, 2011

    […] downstairs. At this table was a man named Brian Decker. He is an artists that specializes in scarification. Soon after the convention, I got in contact with him and did a short […]

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