September 23, 2009 / Featured articles / 12 comments
In the process of scarification, scars are formed by cutting or branding the skin. There are many reasons why people may turn to scarification. Aesthetically, scarification’s are usually more visible on darker skinned people than tattoos. Also, unlike tattoos, scarification’s are a product of one’s own body.
At the rate tattoos are evolving from simple ink etched on skin to creating scars that have designs, you could only imagine what tattoo artists are going to think of next.
There are also religious and social reasons for scarification. According to some tribal belief in Africa, producing scars on newborn children helps preventing vision related illness. There may also be religious expressions used in the scarification process.
Scarification is not a precise art; there are many variables, such as skin type, depth of the cut, and how the wound is treated while healing, that make the outcome somewhat unpredictable.
The body creates the scar, not the artist; it is important to keep in mind that a method that works well on one person may not work so well on another. Also, the scars tend to spread a bit as they heal, so scarification’s are usually relatively simple designs — small details can easily get swallowed up in the healing process.