These are the different types of body art:
Jewelry is the most common type. This is a temporary type which almost everybody wears (sometimes) like a ring or necklace.
Tattoos are a type of body art which is permanent. Tattoos are created by colored materials inserted beneath the skins surface. The most common reasons to get tattooed are:
- Wanting to show your individuality and uniqueness
- Belonging to a group that has tattoos
- Pleasing your partner
- Identifying with a (known for tattoos) subculture
Piercings are a temporary type (which may leave a scar when removed). Body piercing is the creation of an opening in the human body in which jewelry can be worn and the word piercing refers to this opening. The most common piercing is an earring, but you can get a piercing in almost everybody part of your body.
Nail art is another temporary type which is applied on your nails. It is really nice and affordable. It exists of (colourful) decorations on your (natural or fake) nails. It can be anything from stones and sparkles to tiny feathers.
Body paint is also a temporary type. It is painted on to the skin, and only lasts for several hours.
Nowadays body painting is becoming very popular in the use of TV an film projects, advertising, media, sporting, modeling events, runway, and much more.
Airbrush is a temporary type as well. Ink is sprayed on to the skin by an artist (sometimes through a stencil). The resulting design usually mirrors the look of a real tattoo, without any pain. If you use the best inks, the tattoo can last up to at least two weeks.
Henna is another temporary type. Henna the paste of a flowering plant which is used for body (and fingernails) paint and hair dye, especially in various festivals and celebrations. The paste is left on the skin for a few hours to overnight and the stain lasts a few days to a month. How long it will last depends on how long it is allowed to stay on the skin, the quality and the individual skin type.
Tooth Art is also a type of body art. The are different types of tooth art, some are permanent, some are temporary:
- you can replace your tooth (or teeth) with (a) gold one(s)
- you can get a (removable) cap for one tooth
- you can get a (removable) grill for all of you (upper)teeth
- you can get a diamond into one tooth (or in more teeth)
Scalpelling is a type of body art, which procedure is similar to piercing and it is also for the creation of decorative perforations through the skin and other body tissue. It is most commonly used as a replacement for or enhancement of ear piercings.
Implants are a temporary type (which may leave a scar when removed). Implants are devices placed under the skin for decorative purposes. You can get them in different shapes through an incision.
Branding is a permanent type of body art in which a mark (usually a symbol or pattern), is burned into the skin,
with the intention of creating a scar. This is performed using a hot or very cold branding iron.
Another permanent type is Scarification. This involves etching, scratching, or some sort of superficial incision or cutting as a permanent body modification, etching pictures, words or designs into the skin. During this process, scars are formed by cutting the skin.