BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 15, 2014
I’m a big fan of body modifications. I have dyed hair and six piercings myself, and fully intend to get more, and maybe even a tattoo if I can ever finally pick something. However, there’s a cultural attitude that dictates having dyed hair or piercings or a tattoo makes someone a bad person, or unqualified for a position. This couldn't be further from the truth. While there is a bad egg in every basket, there's no person who can be so judged based solely on his or her physical appearance. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jul 25, 2013
I must say that after I watched the short documentary “Space Barbie,” I felt very conflicted. I'd heard of Valeria Lukyanova before - a Russian woman living in Odessa, Valeria has used plastic surgery and extreme body modification to become what she calls a “refined girl," and what the rest of the world calls a Barbie doll.
Disturbing, no? I don’t think her impossibly unnatural appearance sends a good message to women, especially to young girls. Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on Mar 22, 2012
I'm not a body-piercing fanatic, but I did get my nose pierced just before graduating from college, where I met and admired many hippies. Some of them had their noses pierced, and it looked beautiful on them, so I wanted to hop on the bandwagon.
(An example of the aforementioned foxy hippies)
All this got me wondering how hippies latched on to nose piercing, and I started doing some heavy Googling. Read More
BY Erina Davidson
on Jul 08, 2011
As a daughter of a Japanese mother, the worst thing I could do is take an interest in piercings and tattoos, next to hating miso soup and wasabi. Though tattoos and piercings are much less taboo in Japan than they used to be, being inked still conjures images of criminals and gang members for some Japanese citizens (including my grandma). I’m not interested in getting yakuza-style bodywork, but I have three small tattoos and currently have eight piercings that I keep jewelry in at all times. Read More