Branding Body Art

Branding Body Art Biography
Body art is a growing trend in America and branding is the oldest form of body art in existence. The reasons people take a hot piece of metal to their flesh are long and varied. Branding has been used by tribes as a form of identification for ages and as a rite of passage for just as long. It has also been used as punishment for a crime. It's a popular part of some sado-masochistic rituals.
But plenty of people who are part of mainstream culture sport brands as well. For example, some fraternities use it as part of their membership process. That's why sports stars Michael Jordan and Emmitt Smith are part of the branded set.


"Body art is very important," said Dr. Timothy Clydesdale, chairman of the department of sociology/anthropology at The College of New Jersey. "Look at the cosmetics industry, male and female." The reason why branding, and some other forms of body art, are culturally not accepted in this country has to do with our ethnocentrism, Clydesdale explained.
"Branding is unacceptable to the mainstream because it is used by the fringes and identified with them," he said.
And although it may seem as if branding is on the fringe of body art, it is offered at some east coast tattooing and body piercing shops.
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