The Body As A Canvas Of Identity Creation

1975 words - 8 pages

“All cultures ‘dress’ the body in some way, be it through clothing, tattooing, cosmetics or other forms of body painting.” (Entwistle,”2000: 323) she, successfully summaries the international culture of self-decoration. Using two examples: the living skeleton also known as Zombie Boy, concealed with Dermablend, a full coverage make up brand, which has also helped Cheri Lindsay and Cassandra Bankson whom suffer from somewhat common skin conditions. This essay will discusses how the body can be seen as a canvas of identity creation.

“Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.” (O, S, Card, 2014).
Identity, of course it is not just one’s given name, but it what defines you as an individual. There are many factors that influence identity, such as culture, personality, ethnicity and your sense of fashion. Throughout a person’s life he/she builds and develops a personality, we are initially influenced by our parents and the culture around us, as we grow we are influenced by our social surroundings, which in today’s world are established by online social media and pop/social icons. These factors promote fashion designers, new trends and creative ideas.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs shows that psychologically we have an innate need for a good self-esteem. Self-esteem is a key element for human beings, to reach the top of the hierarchy (self-actualisation), you must go through each level. Self-esteem has its own level highlighting the importance of confidence in a person’s identity.
We create images of how we want to see ourselves through advertisements, inspirational messages and what we develop or surrender to be more often than not influenced by the outside world.
There are different ways people show their identity, for example certain individuals would do so by tattooing their body, body modification or buy using cosmetic products. What will be discussed is how body tattooing within the years has become less of a taboo and more of a fashion trend and also how people make use in a different way.
The word tattoo is said to have been derived over 5000 years ago from the Polynesian word ‘ta’ that means striking something and the Tahitian word ‘tatau’ which means ‘to mark something’. (Designboom.com)
“The last 20 to 30 years have seen a considerable resurgence in the popularity of tattooing and body piercing in the West, a process which has involved not only a remarkable growth in the numbers involved, but also their spread to an ever wider clientele” (Armstrong,1991; Armstrong and Gabriel,1993;Armstrong et al.,1996;Blanchard,1994;Curry,1993;Demello,1995a,1995b;Mercer and Davies,1991;Myers,1992;Rubin,1988;Sanders,1989).
To show how body tattooing can define a person there we will be further analysis about this once revolutionary form of expression. Which fashion designers have now embraced and introduced into modern fashion.
For example Rick Genest known as ‘Zombie Boy’ has taken something that was once looked at...

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