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Moon men, elephants and septum rings

Updated: Mar 4


By Shana Ellapa



Jason Maseko’s septum piercing. Robert Sobukwe house, Rhodes University, Grahamstown. 10 September 2018. Photographed by: Adriaan Rossouw

Primordially, the body has been a primary tool used to express the “self”. Our bodies convey different stories about who we are. We use it as a tool for expression and a means of presenting the perceived “self” to society.


Jason Maseko’s septum piercing. Robert Sobukwe house, Rhodes University, Grahamstown. 10 September 2018. Photographed by: Adriaan Rossouw

This is an amalgamation of the rawest forms of self-expression. Blurring the boundaries between art and fashion we are forced to reassess the social stigma of tattoos and piercings at UCKAR. The notion of assuming people’s identities from the symbolic art present on their bodies needs to be done away with.



Reif Ridsdale’s triangular forearm tattoo. 16 Prince Alfred road, Rhodes University, Grahamstown. 9 September 2018. Photographed by: Adriaan Rossouw

We are simply not all knowing of others and the issue with assumptions is that it is rooted in classism and supersedes ideas about aestheticism. This project has forced students to take part in the discourse, looking deeper into the art form and allowing themselves to be vulnerable in this crucial conversation.



Emma Wesseling. Asymmetrical elephant. 11 Durban Street, Grahamstown. 12 August 2018. Photographed by: Anoux Smit

The unique individual self-expression has been witnessed all around campus. Students have used their bodies to convey a message about themselves, as a collective the ideal and practice of self-expression is inked into our student body.





Emma Wesseling. Cat. 11 Durban Street, Grahamstown. 12 August 2018. Photographed by: Anoux Smit