Scarification is the ancient practice of marking the skin through cutting or branding the skin to create patterns or images. It has been a part of almost every culture on earth at some time and there are many that still practice it today as a means of cultural identity, a rite of passage or a method to permanently "wear" an amulet.
As it is creating an open wound in the skin, there are many risks that need to be taken into account. Possible infections, irreversible tissue damage and keloiding - where a scar develops its own blood source and continues to grow - are all possible outcomes so following your practitioner's instructions is extremely important.
As stated earlier, there are many ways to do this all with their own inherent risks, detriments and benefits. Our artist, Carlo specialises in the cutting and peeling form of scarification which allows for the designs to be more refined. This type of scarification requires a great deal of precision to be executed safely.