Recently Godzilla Riots appeared on the cover of the Eastern Michigan University website in a photo clearly showing her scarification by Wendi Wentzell at Lucky Monkey in Ann Arbor (you can click through to check out the full scar piece). She explains the context,
“The Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Symposium is a one day program organized to recognize and celebrate the academic work of EMU undergraduate students. To participate a student not only has to be nominated by faculty sponsor but must also be recommended by the respective department as well. My own presentation was nominated by the history department, entitled ‘The Book of Jubilees as Jewish Apocalyptic Literature’. Surprisingly enough there was a representative of the Society of Biblical Literature in the audience and I am honored enough to have been invited to present at the Society’s annual conference.
I though it was pretty sick how EMU featured a picture of me presenting on their homepage, most especially when my scarification chest piece is in plain view. A university boasting me as a representative of the EMU academic community — this only proves, once again, the inaccuracy of society’s conception and generalization of people with body modifications.
Gotta love it when people with mods challenge notions of mainstream society by demonstrating their intelligence, especially when the integrity of their scholastic performance is recognized by the academic community.”
If this interested you, please also check out the interview with Alvar.