Modifying the body: motivations for getting tattooed and pierced.

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MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Wohlrab, S.; Stahl, J.; Kappeler, P. M.
Year of Publication: 2007
Journal: Body Image
Volume: 4
Issue: 1
Pagination: 87-95
Date Published: 03/2007
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1873-6807
Keywords: Art, Beauty, Body Image, Body Piercing, Humans, Individuality, Motivation, Personal Space, Social Conformity, Social Identification, Tattooing

Body modifications have been prevalent for centuries and are practiced for a great variety of reasons. Lately, tattoos and body piercings have become increasingly popular. Thus, a profound understanding of the underlying motivations behind obtaining tattoos and body piercings nowadays is required. A considerable body of research on motivational aspects already exists, mainly using explorative approaches to describe motivations. In this paper we provide a review of the existing relevant literature. Furthermore, we establish ten broad motivational categories, comprising motivations for getting tattooed and body pierced, for reference in future research.

DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2006.12.001
Alternate Journal: Body Image
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