Scarifying involves scratching, etching, or superficially cutting designs, pictures, or words into the skin as a permanent body modification.
In the process of body scarification, scars are formed by cutting or branding the skin.
Scarification is usually more visible on darker skinned people than tattoos. Endorphins can be released in the scarification process that can induce a euphoric state. There are also aesthetic, religious, and social reasons for scarification. Additionally, although infection may be a risk with most forms of scarification, they do not involve the usage of tattoo ink.
Scarification produces harm and trauma to the skin; thus it is considered by many to be not safe. Infection is a concern. Not only do the materials for inducing the wounds need to be sanitary, but the wound needs to be kept clean, using antibacterial solutions or soaps often, and having good hygiene in general. It is not uncommon, especially if the wound is being irritated, for a local infection to develop around the wound. The scarification worker needs to have detailed knowledge of the anatomy of human skin, in order to prevent tools cutting too deep, burning too hot, or burning for too long. Scarification is not nearly as popular as tattooing, so it is harder to find workers experienced in scarification. Precautions are made for brandings, such as wearing masks, because it is possible for diseases to be passed from the skin into the air when the skin is burning, that can lead to death from the tool they use.
With the advent of the internet and high tech multimedia the old billboard advertisement could have gone out of favour.
Far from it, with commercial designers becoming more innovative to catch consumer attention.
As seen on WebDesignCore here are some of the most creative contemporary billboard designs. View the full list here.
Back in the 1950s, the magazine of choice for men was the adventure magazine.
The pages of these magazines were generally filled with “true” (typically fictionalized or embellished) stories of war, survival, crime, safari, and the Old West. A favourite theme was the showdown between man and wild flesh-eating beasts and critters or men rescuing women from the torture of savage natives or cruel enemy armies.
The showpiece of these magazines was definitely the front covers.
Below are some of the best from this era, see the full set at ArtOfManliness here.
Billboard advertisers are always looking for new and innovative ways to capture attention. Sometimes it seems, they can take it a little too far!
Thanks to Woman's Day, here are some of the most controversial billboards on display today. Read the full article here.
As reported on this article in WebUrbanist, an incredible number of photoshop stuff ups have appeared on magazine covers, product packaging and store displays. Here you will find everything from missing limbs to outrageously overzealous retouching.
Snow sculpture is an increasingly popular pastime that can be enjoyed be people of all ages and abilities. There are even many snow sculpture competitions held each year.
In today's post, we have a few comic book and sci fi heroes carved out in snow.
These images sourced from ComicAlliance. See the full article here
Madame Tussaud turned wax figures and sculptures into a fine art. At Madame Tussaud's museums today you can find celebrity wax figures so realistic they can't be separated from the originals!
Unfortunately however not all wag figures are created equal. See below some sculptures that turned out not quite right...
Deciding to have a tattoo and choosing what that tat will are important choices. This is because a tattoo will say a lot about their owner for as long as they shall live. What many people don’t realise however, is that where your tattoo is placed can say just as much!