Body Art History

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Body Art History

Discuss  body modification of the past. Makeup, Henna, Body Painting, Ritual Piercing, Scarification and more. For those who have, those about to get and those just looking... Also lore, historical and modern day applications, the how  and what. Open Discussion for all

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The Art

Body art is art made on, with, or consisting of, the human body. The most common forms of body art are tattoos and body piercings, but other types include scarification, branding, scalpelling, shaping (for example tight-lacing of corsets), full body tattoo and body painting.

More extreme body art can involve things such as mutilation or pushing the body to its physical limits. For example, one of Marina Abramović's works involved dancing until she collapsed from exhaustion, while one of Dennis Oppenheim's better-known works saw him lying in the sunlight with a book on his chest, until his skin, excluding that covered by the book, was badly sunburned. It can even consist of the arrangement and dissection of preserved bodies in an artistic fashion, as in the case of the plastinated bodies used in the travelling Body Worlds exhibit.

Body art is also a sub-category of performance art, in which artists use or abuse their own body to make their particular statements.

In more recent times, body became a subject of much broader discussions and treatments that cannot be reduced to the body art in its common understanding. Important strategies that question the human body are: implants, body in symbiosis with the new technologies, virtual body etc. Scientific research in this area, for example that by Kevin Warwick, can be considered in this artistic vein. A special case of the body art strategies is the absence of body. The most important artists that performed the "absence" of body through their artworks were: Keith Arnatt, Andy Warhol, Anthony Gormley and Davor Džalto.

Above Photo: Taken from Encyclopedia Britannica- Girl with body paint for puberty ritual, Monrovia, Liberia-Thomas S. England/Photo Researchers

The interests of this group include (but are not limited to)...

History of Cosmetics (Antiquity-16th Century)- Make-up, Hair Dye, Nail Polish, Tooth Blackening, etc.

History of Body Painting- Cultural/Religious applications of Body Painting around the world.

Makeup in Theater- From the East to the West. Chinese Opera to Kabuki, Shakespeare to Broadway.

Traditional body painting

Body painting was very common used in the early 12th to mid 14th century by religious practitioners in rituals. This is an example of Gothic Art. It was common in the areas of countries we now refer to as France and Germany. Examples were displayed on frescoes, but primarily worn by members of the church clergy under robes. Primarily symbols on the arms, chest and back, these forms of identification led to Dalecarlian form of writing found in many northern European countries.
Dalecarlian symbols.

Body painting with clay and other natural pigments existed in most, if not all, tribalist cultures. Often worn during ceremonies, it still survives in this ancient form among the indigenous people of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific islands and parts of Africa. A semi-permanent form of body painting known as Mehndi, using dyes made of henna (hence also known rather erroneously as "henna tattoo"), was and is still practiced in India and the Middle East, especially on brides. Since the late 1990s, Mehndi has become popular amongst young women in the Western world.

Indigenous peoples of South America traditionally use annatto, huito, or wet charcoal to decorate their faces and bodies. Huito is semi-permanent, and it generally takes weeks for this black dye to fade.

Actors and clowns around the world have painted their faces—and sometimes bodies—for centuries, and continue to do so today. More subdued form of face paints for everyday occasions evolved into the cosmetics we know today.

Face painting is the artistic application of cosmetic "paint" to a person's face. There are special water-based cosmetic "paints" made for face painting; people should ask before having face paints applied what products are being used. Acrylic and tempera craft paints are not meant for use on skin and are not acceptable, nor are watercolor pencils or markers. Products not intended for use on skin can cause a variety of issues ranging from discomfort to severe allergic reactions.[6] Just because the product is marked "non-toxic" does not mean it is meant to be used on the skin.

From ancient times, it has been used for hunting, religious reasons, and military reasons (such as camouflage and to indicate membership in a military unit). In re-entered the popular culture during the hippie movement of the late 1960s, when it was common for young women to decorate their cheeks with flowers or peace symbols at anti-war demonstrations.

For several decades it has been a common entertainment at county fairs, large open-air markets (especially in Europe and the Americas), and other locations where children and adolescents are. Face painting is very popular among children at theme parks, parties and festivals throughout the Western world. Though the majority of face painting is geared towards children, many teenagers and adults enjoy being painted for special events, such as charity fund raisers.



Discussion Forum

Unlocking The Mysteries Of The Tattoos Of The Dead By Alice E. Vincent

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 14, 2014.

My art/pictures and meanings

Started by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler Aug 18, 2012.

Dragon Tatoos by Triskele Alder

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

History And Art Of Tattooing

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

The History of Japanese Tattoo Art

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

Maori Ta-moko influences Face Painting

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

Tattoo Body Art by Susan Olofsson

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

Glitter Tattoos - The History Of Temporary Body Artwork by Mike J Smith

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

A brief history of tattoos 2 Replies

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

Dolphin Tattoos

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

Tribal Celtic Tattoo - Finding Quality Artwork and Designs

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

LED Tattoos Could Turn Skin Into Screens (VIDEO)

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

Irezumi by Porcelain Doll

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

General Tattoo Graphics

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

HENNA GRAPHICS 1 Reply

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

Henna Body Painting by Rae Schwarz

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

Redheads and Redophiles a conversation of Henna and Hair

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

Mehndi

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Aug 18, 2012.

Henna

Started by WarMouse -Manager- Aug 17, 2012.

Body Painting with Makeup by Rae Schwarz 1 Reply

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by JZino Feb 28, 2011.

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 18, 2012 at 9:15pm

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 18, 2012 at 9:14pm

There is a push to ban visible tattoos in the military. It is okay for a soldier to lay down their life, but being tattooed is viewed as simply unacceptable. We do not agree. And so, 25% of proceed of every military shirt sold will go directly to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) because all soldiers --tattooed or not--deserve our support. This gesture will never measure up to what they sacrifice for us, but we are aware and we give a damn.

Protect the rights of those who defend our lives.

Many of you have been asking if these would be available for women and they are! mens and womens t-shirts and mens and womens tanks!

Snag one at: http://steadfastbrandclothing.com/?a_aid=deadera

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 18, 2012 at 9:13pm

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 18, 2012 at 9:10pm

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 6, 2011 at 11:47am
 

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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