]]. The term "piercing" typically refers to this jewelry. One example of this process is the common ear piercing. This procedure is so simple and mainstream that some people do not even think of it as body piercing.
In the United States, ear piercing for females was long the only common piercing. Other body piercings were popularized by Jim Ward and his piercing shop, The Gauntlet, which opened in 1975 in Los Angeles. Piercings are also part of punk fashion.
Some regard body piercing as a kind of artistic expression, others as a form of sexual expression and/or stimulation. Genital piercings are some of the most common, and some piercers report that the Prince Albert piercing is the most popular of all. Many wearers of genital piercings keep their jewelry in during sexual intercourse and other sexual activities, but others find it uncomfortable. It depends to a large degree on the design of the jewelry and the type of sexual activity.
In the United Kingdom, decorative piercings are legal but those done in a sexual context are not. In R v Brown 1994 the court held that sado-masochistic piercing was "violent" and "cruel", and that there was no public interest in allowing people to consent to it.
Fakir at BodyPlay Biography of Fakir Musafar, father of the modern primitive movement. BodyPlay magazine previews, sales, and article index. Information on intensive piercing and branding courses. http://www.bodyplay.com/
Body Art: Marks of Identity Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Contains historical information regarding tattooing, scarification, and body painting. Exhibit highlights, photo gallery, and a virtual tour. http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/bodyart/
Bodyart Home Page Concentrates largely on tattoo and piercing images, but also includes fine art and alternative imagery. Home pages are available, and space is available for people and groups with original images and artwork. http://www.bodyart.com
Body Art World Information and links about body modification. Also Java chat, and a message board. http://www.angelfire.com/punk/bodyart/
Pierced Park Tattoos, body piercing, alternative fashion items. Salon listings, question and answer section, and a chat forum. http://www.piercedpark.com/
Celebration Of Body Art Information on specialty theme trips pertaining to adorning the human body. Photographs of past excursions, information on upcoming events, and contact information. http://www.jeannies-specialtytours.com/
Bodyart-tips.com Offers tips and links related to the art of putting different designs, emblems, paint, and jewelry on the body. Also includes links to other bodyart related resources on the Internet. http://www.bodyart-tips.com/
Body Modification by Blair An overview of the artists work and experience in various forms of body modification. Piercing, scarification, extreme modifications, and pearling. Also contains a newsboard. http://www.byblair.com/
Bodyart Usenet FAQs; including netiquette and multipart body modification. http://www.faqs.org/faqs/bodyart/
Nail Art Gallery Thumbnail gallery featuring artwork from Irene Ellis, Vicki Irvine, Best Foot Forward and various others. Also features links to the artists home pages. http://www.nailartgallery.com/
The RABbit Hole Contains FAQs, links to member sites, convention announcements, and a message board. http://www.rabbithole.org/
Bodies of Cultures From the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Image gallery of body modification through history. Information on piercing, tattoos, and mehndi. http://www.upenn.edu/museum/Exhibits/bodmodintro.html
Michigan Modification Articles and information regarding piercing, tattooing, scarification, as well as surgical and nonsurgical modifications. Also features links, image galleries, interviews, and personal experience articles. http://www.bmeworld.com/mm/
State of the Art Information on the First UK International Tattoo and Body Piercing Conference and Convention, as well as details and dates pertaining to this yearly event. Listing of artists, vendors, and exhibitors attending. Application forms, contact information, seminar and training information. http://www.tattoo-2001.com/
Modern America Featuring background information on artist Keith Alexander, client experience section, and contact information. Also contains detailed information on branding, scarification, and piercing; including aftercare and safety sections. http://www.modernamerican.com/
RABcon Information on the annual event where members of rec.arts.bodyart gather to discuss modifications. Contains details pertaining to past, present, and future events. http://www.rabcon.org/
U.P.B. News, member profiles, organization charter, 'munch' information and a FAQ section, as well as chat forum information for the UK People Bodyart usenet group. http://www.ukbodyart.org/
Bodyfication.com Features an image bank, chat forum, galleries, articles, membership information, and related links. Also contains a searchable guide with listings of artists, studios, and conventions. http://www.bodyfication.com/
CABA: Canadian Association of Body Arts A guide to the safe application of piercings, tattoos, and other modifications. Also includes membership information, charter, agenda, and history. http://www.bme.freeq.com/caba/index.html
Beauty 2000 Insurance company offering services to tattoo and piercing artists and studios. Available in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Contains contact and company information. http://www.beauty2000.org/
Neoarte Event links, artist interviews, and a piercing gallery. Also contains information on abstract and Japanese artforms. Available in English and Portuguese. http://www.neoarte.net/
Blacklight Kabuki Forum for the promotion of ultra violet artwork. Contains image galleries, upcoming event details, and submission instructions. http://blacklightkabuki1.tripod.com/
The Museum of Tattoos Pictures, interviews, books, a chat forum, top 100 links list, and information covering equipment and body jewelry as well as links to merchandise. http://www.angelfire.com/darkside/tattoos0/
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