Friday, August 26, 2011

Mouth Modification: Taking Self Expression To A Whole New Level...

Oral modification goes back further than recorded history. Vikings, Mayans, West African Tribes (to name a few) used various methods of oral modification to identify themselves, to distinguish class, tribe, seniority, religion, coming of age, etc... Whether it be sharpening of teeth, adorning teeth with jewels, splitting tongues or piercings, all of these have roots deep in our history.

Now days, it's not unusual to see people covered in tattoos, body piercings, sporting diamond covered "Grillz" or bejeweled pearly whites. Some even go as far as to have horns anchored in to their skulls and have lip and tongue tattoos.

Through the ages, self expression has taken a leap from the modest 20's where even showing a shoulder was inappropriate, to a world where the more bizarre one can be, the better. But is it better? Individualism and self expression are rights that should not be taken away from anyone. But with rise in popularity of body modification in general and people doing it because it's "cool", the concern is that it is taking away from the cultural and historical aspect of the trend.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

1 comment:

walnutflwr said...

Great blog! The whole point of self expression is having the right to choose, but young people in particular are making permanent alterations to their bodies because it's "cool" with no thought of symbolism or culture...Yes it does take away from the cultural aspect of the trend. For those of us in an older age group, symbolism comes more into play. For a younger age group that doesn't really understand the concept of "forever", it's a trend. What happens when the trend has run it's course?
I enjoyed your blog!