For my subculture, I was given “Body Modification.” It’s a pretty large term that includes a few rather different methods of expression. Body modification is, in essence, the practice of altering one’s body for aesthetic or religious reasons. It is an alternative lifestyle and, is largely used for personal aesthetics today and is mostly accepted by societal norms. According to most surveys, body modification is piercing anywhere on the body except the earlobe. Though a wide variety of people practice body modification, two distinct cultures stand out as the most prevalent: the “punk” and “metal” culture.
For this project, I will be narrowing down body modification to gauges and tattoos, specifically in the punk culture.