By Shana Ellapa
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.
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.
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.
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.