Volume 11 - Issue 4 - April 2003

T he words of the French Bohemian author, Arsene Houssaye, “when Art is understood by everybody, it will no longer be Art,” were not meant to describe the fascinating phenomenon of body art but they certainly remain true. Tattoos, body piercings and other skin adornments, while misunderstood by many, have become quite popular in modern society. These practices have a long and fascinating cultural history that’s intriguing to every dermatologist and to all who study the human condition. These practices began thousands of years ago. The famous “Iceman,” who was recovered in the frozen mo