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Scarification leaving mark on area

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WILMINGTON -- Scarification is a procedure similar to tattooing, but much more damaging to the skin and potentially dangerous. It started as an African tribal ritual. An image gets cut into the skin with a scalpel. When the wound heals the scar stays, leaving a permanent design. Scarification may not be new, but it wasn't until recently that it started leaving more of a mark in our area. Walker, as he's known, has not only had scarification done, but is one of the only body piercers in the area to perform it. Walker said, "You can actually practice on fruit, oranges, grapefruits." He says the procedure is safe and none of his clients have ever had complications from the procedure. "If you know what you're doing you're not in any risk," Walker said. Tattoo artist Justin Lanasa said, "I would not allow any of my guys to even think about doing it, because there are so many risks involved." Like most other tattoo artists and body piercers in the area, Lanasa refuses to do scarification. "I think it's more of a medical procedure," he said. The county health department regulates who can perform scarification. Right now the only requirements are that the scarification artist takes sterilization and blood born pathogen classes. But doctors say there are serious health risks. Physician Samuel Armitage said, "Scarification of course gives the opportunity for bacteria pathogens to enter the body, and gives the opportunity for certain structures to be cut which should not be cut."

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I can name

I can name a CIO and a CTO in Wilmington who work for very large corporations in Wilmington who are both heavily tattooed and very well respected in the professional community with both making 6-digit saleries. Granted, I.T. professionals are known for being unique individuals and maybe these two are the exceptions. But they both implement the standard of why not to judge a book by its cover. They are two of the most knowledgable and seasoned IT professionals in our area and I trust both of them as well as their employeers. One keeps his tattoos covered at work and the other has a beautiful full sleeve of integrated portriats and he lets them show all day long. How did these two become so sucessful? Why are these two so well respected in our community? It is because they are the best at whet they do, honorable, honest and full of integrity. Don't judge a book by its cover... They are both more educated than most of us... They cannot be that dumb to have gotten where they are in life today...

Look, nothing is wrong with

Look, nothing is wrong with a small tattoo. Not hiring someone for that is crazy. I would rather hire someone with a small tattoo that works,then all nontattooed lazies I've encountered. Who cares, who would want to work for you.

It's Funny...

Wait till you get about 50 years old then see how "great" these tatoos and scars look....

its even more funny

those of you who say think about what that tatoo will look like when you are fifty havent thought it through. If you are a relatively healthy person you shouldnt have baggy skin by fifty and further more have you ever gotten a tatoo? if not then dont judge we live in a world today that is full of hypocrisy and you honestly cant judge others for there belivies would you your-self like to be judged based on what the masses think about a subject that you see diffrently no and neither does anyone else so just let people do what they belive and you do what you belive. Hypocrite...?

I love to see tats...

As an employer of a rather large business in the Greater Wilmington area, tattoos and other marks of distinction make my job that much easier. When having the pre-employment screening of potential $30-50K people that I depend upon for my business, I simply can more easily screen and turn away obvious bad apples. There are a lot more people out there in the world today that have tattoos and cannot make a decent buck than those that have them and are successful in life. Tats in obvious places show me what kind of decision makers people are.

TATTOOS

TATTOOS ARE SIGNS OF SELF EXPRESSION...SIGNS THAT THE PERSONS SPORTING THEM ARE ATTENTION SEEKERS WHO CANNOT GET NOTICED WITHOUT ONE. TRY A GOOD PERSONALITY, INTELLIGENCE AND PRIDE IN ONE'S LOOKS AND LET THE INK GO TO THE NEWSPAPER INSTEAD! FREAKS WILL BE FREAKS.

RE: tattoos being for freak only?!

i dont agree. most people have a tattoo in this day of age. its become the norm...... the people who dont have tatts stand out from the crowd as the rest of us with them blend in together. i have 1 small butterfly on the back of my neck and im hardly a freak or attension seeking.
think about what you say before you say it.

Allow me to retort...

Do you also discriminate against minorities? The comments posted by Wilmington residents to the story and about tattoos in general make me proud to say "I USED to live in Wilmington". How in the world do you equate tattoos to an individual's ability to do a job? Who are you and the others that responded negatively to the article to judge someone because they don't subscribe to your mis-guided and judgemental approach to life? Incidentially I know a number of people with tattoos who are a productive part of the work force. These people include physicans, lawyers and business owners. By the way, I am "successful" and "make a good buck". You have inspired me to spend some of my hard earned cash for tattoo number three.

agreed

i agree with your out look on this subject and am glad that people are willing to be non-judgemental you have a trait that is becoming a rare commodity in people today so think you

Better be on your butt!

Because if you work for me and I can see it then your gone out of my service industry business. I do not have to have a reason to let you go, just tell you to go. Go ahead and teach this mentality to your kids, and they will have to be employed elsewhere as well.

I hope you don't teach your

I hope you don't teach your grammar to your kids, they'd never get a job.

SCARIFICATION

ANY SELF RESPECTING YOUNG WOMAN WHO IS TATTOOED OR SCARRED IS JUST PLAIN SCREWED UP. IF SHE HAS TO CALL ATTENTION TO HERSELF BY HIDEOUS AND CHEAP DRAWINGS IS EITHER WEAK OR JUST PLAIN MENTALLY UNSTABLE. CHEAP IS THE WORD.

Having a tattoo makes you

Having a tattoo makes you screwed up. Please.

How silly...

Having a tattoo SHOWS you're screwed up. It's kinda like "your sign".

Tattoos on women can be very tasteful

there's nothing wrong with a discreet, small tattoo that is only visible to her most intimate friends. It can be extremely sexy.

scarification

The early Am. Indians who did this were considered Savages. In today's sociaty one might call those who do this, the same thing. Anyone who knows ANYTHING will not put METAL OR INK OR OTHER SUCH TO THE SKIN THAT IS HARMFUL. OH THEY MAY SURVIVE FOR A WHILE, BUT WHAT *NONSENSE* . WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

Scarification

Say what this is disgusting, what are you hard up for attention

to each his own

to each his own but definitely not for me

I Have Never

Understood why people ruin their skin like they do With Ink or especially scars. Not critisising, just don't understand puting something on you can't take off.

scarification

First of all the art of scarification is truly up to the individual, as is most self expression such as piercing and tattooing. Scarification is no more risky if you do your homework and find out about the person and place performing it. A sterile environment and a person who has trained and studied this art form are keys to getting scarred. And as for the Dr.'s input, bacteria pathogens can enter thru any fresh cut or wound....just as they could enter a cut or suture he peformed, but in a sterile environment the risk is minimal. I think people should step back and realize that these things , although mind blowing to some, is a way of life for others..and last I checked we live in America..where we can CHOOSE!

scars

Its all about the pain, the ink and scars are just a souvenir. Gonna look funny when your 50, kids don't think about that. Get that sexy belly tat and when you get a beer belly or have a baby it looks like crap.

Brilliant

Even easier to tell who's a moron now. I wouldn't practice on just "fruits" I'd practice on "nuts" as well.