The Padaung in Thailand people use shackles on their feet, and brass necklaces to prolong their necks as a mark of identity. On the other hand, the women have used this practice from a tender age to create an illusion of prolonged necks hence enhancing their beauty. Moreover, the community believes that the rings offer protection against attacks by tigers.
The Yakuza people of Japan use the full-body tattoo as a sign of art, religious and cultural identity. The tattoos were initially worn by Japanese warriors. In some communities, it was seen as a mark of honor. The tattoos over the years have however evolved into a mark of personal identity.
Body modification is used as a form of personal identity, especially in North America. Such identities include piercing, scarring, tattooing, and putting objects under one’s skin. Body art as a form of expressing either personal or cultural identity is a practice that continues to live to date. I use my clothing, jewelry, and piercing in different ways to express myself. In a world that is constantly evolving, everyone is fixated on being their unique person, and as such, body art is used. I have an eclectic sense of style, and I like to wear clothes that are colorful and have big bright patterns. They make me feel happy, and they reflect my love of life and willingness to take risks. I have dyed my hair colors like neon green, maroon and yellow to express myself. I use my form of body art to beak the barriers of sex, religion, and ethnicity. I want to express myself separate of these labels. My love for color and design should elicit a sense of personal identity when people see me. They should be able to see me for who I am separate from the labels the society has put on us.