My Body, My Art – This is Why!
As human beings we are expressive by nature and we hold a strong desire to be heard. Both in terms of creativity and how we seek to express ourselves in our lifetime. People often say that man is a bundle of emotions and that is right but our society for centuries have been trying to repress certain forms of expression that aren’t widely accepted. Freedom of expression is not just a necessity for human beings but it’s also a fundamental right that raises awareness for individuality, subjects, emotions and even visions. It can be defined as, “The right to express ideas through communication, speech and the arts”. One should also keep in mind that freedom of expression does not mean that one should be involved in hate speech since it is against the whole idea of individual freedom.
My body, my art is not only a slogan. It tells us a story, a vision, that’s rooted in our inalienable rights which cannot be revoked by an outside force. To a person freedom of expression should be important because it allows us to externally express and share what’s inside of us. Possibilities of positive change and cumulative understanding are endless if we’re able to freely express ourselves without being confined by boundaries such as pre-determined societal standards. Subconsciously, these standards can be oppressive and to speak up we sometimes have to use our loudest voice which is our body. Whether we believe in God or not, we do believe that we have this body which is potent in itself.
Tattoos have become quite popular over the last few decades. For years they have been considered as symbols of being strong. In this era, we would commonly see them on people who were gang members or criminals. While this does hold some truth, tattoos nowadays can be found on a lot of different people that aren’t about that life and they simply chose this method of freedom of expression. So next time you do see someone with a tattoo, appreciate the fact that freedom of expression is still alive and how their tattoos hold this meaning to you and that person.
Piercings are used frequently to express the self through an act that is performed with an object. Piercings can say a lot about a person’s appearance but doesn’t say much about what’s inside. One of the basic concepts of freedom of expression is that one should be allowed to do what they please with their body. Piercings can also hold sentimental value for us and what makes it universally special is that for the most part, get pierced in the name of art. Which explains, why we see lots of people with similar styled piercings. Perhaps their unknowingly conveying a message to the world? My body, my art. . .
It is through our body that often times tattoos and piercings are strategically placed around the body to complete our own work of art. As our bodies unspeakably say who we may be to our neighbor, one should not be discouraged of what people may think. That is why we strongly stand behind our Art Belly Button Ring, as it symbolizes that we constantly seek art, we wear art, and ultimately we are art. Remember your body is your physical vessel and it demands your art!