Primitives by V. Vale
The New York Times called "Modern
Primitives" "the Bible of the underground tattooing and
body piercing movement." Crammed with illustrations and
information, it's now considered a classic that thoroughly
investigates ancient human decoration practices such as tattooing,
piercing, scarification and more.
An anthropological inquiry into a contemporary
social enigma--the increasingly popular revival of ancient human
decoration practices such as symbolic/deeply personal tattooing,
multiple piercings, and scarification. "Primitive"
actions which rupture conventional confines of behavior and
aesthetics are objectively scrutinized. In context of the death of
global frontiers, this volume charts the territory of the last
remaining underdeveloped source of first-hand experience: the
This well developed site has information for
various types of body modification including piercing, tattooing,
scarification, implants, subincision and circumcision, oral
modifications, body nullification, fingernail modification and
From University of Pennsylvania Museum of
Archaeology and Anthropology. This site explores how and why
people around the world
have been piercing,
their bodies for ages.
By Fakir Musafar
Fakir Musafar s known
worldwide for his fifty years of research and personal exploration
of primitive body decoration and rituals. Fakir has introduced
concepts and practices for the "body-first" approach to
explore spirituality in art, body modifications, SM and what he
calls "body play". Fakir's practices have been shown and
his views expressed in the 1985 film Dances Sacred and Profane
and in ReSearch publications 1986 book Modern
Primitives (a word Fakir coined in 1979 to describe
himself and a few kindred spirits).
Essay by by Anders Sandberg
It is an interesting fact that most
proposals of improving the human body in transhumanistic
discussions are mainly based upon bionic
and chemical enhancements, while overlooking the potential of
Body art, in its many manifestations, is not a
fad, which is the label given by critics. It is a lost art that is
resurgent again and growing again in popularity, attracting
individuals who are not afraid of being unique and standing out
from the masses, itís a way of remembering yourself again!
SPC Online is a photo archive featuring amputations, piercings, implants, tattoos, body modification history and more!