Well, I have been interested in getting a tattoo for a while, but I'm not 18 yet, and I don't think my parents would be too thrilled to bring me to a tattoo parlor. After looking at BME, I found scarification. I saw a bunch of pictures of people with artwork carved into their skin. I learned about the different kinds, and even saw a show on TV about a man who did this for a profession and became very interested. Many people, I'm sure, think that that is disgusting or mutilating, even look down upon it. I think that it looks pretty, and as long as its done correctly, is better than a tattoo. A scar wouldn't necessarily be permanent for the rest of your life, and it's like a natural tattoo...no ink!
I thought about giving myself a scarification, but wasn't sure what I wanted. I planned on putting it on my outer thigh on my right leg, but decided that that would be hard to get to and work on. One random day, before I decided what I wanted to scar, I started messing around with a needle to see how hard it would be to get through the skin...and found it wasn't too hard or painful. So, I just kept going. I didn't really have a plan, but it started to come out okay. As I was about halfway through, I kind of changed my design idea, but I like how the final outcome came out. It's a flower on my inner calf on my right leg.
What I did, was I used some manicuring tools, some kind of scissors like a razor, after breaking the skin with a needle. I only went deep enough just so it bled a little bit, then I burned it a bit. I lit a candle and put the needle in the candle, then put the hot needle on the cut. Believe me...it sounds worse than it actually was. After a few days, it began to heal over and scab. This is probably the most annoying part because the scab growing back can be itchy! A few days after that, it was dry enough that I could peel the scab off and re cut so the scar, so that it might stay a little longer. At this point, I kept it very moisturized until it healed completely.
This is where I am now. It took about a week to carve and another week or two to heal. The hardest part was keeping the whole thing looking the same. This was hard because I only did a little bit each day, so some parts were healed before others were cut. But in the end, or close to the end, it looks pretty good for my first scarification and I am pleased.
My friends on the other hand, most of them think it's a little weird and wonder why I would do it. They were stunned that I would do this (I don't have a lot of piercings, or anything of that nature), and thought that it looked really painful. I tried to convince them that it wasn't as painful as it looked and that it'll look different once it has healed. Some thinks it looks really cool, but couldn't imagine doing it themselves. Whatever people think, I like it and am proud of it. It symbolizes the end of my high school years. My parents? Yea, they don't know yet. Hah.
In terms of pain, it wasn't as bad as most people would think. It was sore for maybe a week, and hurt in the shower for about a week also. I used bactine once, but it hurt too much, so I used Neosporin once it had started to heal. I don't know if this was right thing to do or not, I have never seen a real scarification done or known of the exact procedure, so I basically made up my own. Today, I put fake tanner on my legs, and I am hoping that it comes out okay on the scar. We'll see if it makes it darker or makes it blend in more with my leg color.
I took some pictures of the flower throughout the process, and have yet to take a final picture. Once I do, which should be in a few days, I'll get them developed and put them up. I don't highly recommend doing this unless you don't mind the mild pain for a few weeks and the risk of infection. I did not get an infection at all, but it doesn't mean it cant happen. The tools you use should be sterile, use rubbing alcohol, bactine, and or Neosporin to keep the area clean. I am definitely no expert whatsoever on scarification, but if you have any questions, ask away!
Note: Scars are almost always permanent!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 30 April 2005