Body modification. Tattoos and piercings. When seen they are judged. But when they go unseen no one judges. Why is that? Simple body modification shouldn’t decide if a person is good or bad, socially acceptable or an outcast, cool or nerdy, clean or dirty. Body modification is a form of expression and an outlet. Some get tattoos or piercings because they know it will be painful at some level, no matter how mundane or severe the pain is – it’s still pain. It’s pain inflicted upon the body but not (usually) by oneself. It’s pain without the outcome being scars – ugly, shameful scars. It’s pain with the outcome of something more beautiful than clean naked skin. It’s pain for a reason, pain with a product, pain for remembrance.