There’s something to be said for subtlety. A lot of times we focus on the big picture, bright bold images of drastic modification. Don’t get me wrong, I love those images as much as the next person, but sometimes I like to see an image that is subdued.
Looking at this image from Altered Designs you may not even notice any modifications. I know I didn’t. I took me almost a full minute to see the anchors on her back for corseting. Once I saw them of course, I couldn’t miss them again. The photo, and the piercing job, combined to make this image both about the modification, and not at all about it. Just because this woman doesn’t have the most noticeable mods we’ve ever seen on ModBlog, it doesn’t detract at all from quality of the image.
You see, as much as I love seeing modifications that can best be described as being on a large scale, a nuanced image like this can really remind me that modifications aren’t just about getting the biggest and best. They’re about altering your body to the way you want. I’m not going to go on about that point, as I covered it yesterday, but you can see in this image a person whose mods are visible, yet they blend in with her. They have become an extension of who she is, and we can look past the superficial trappings of modern expectations towards modifications, and see her for who she is: A woman who just happens to have mods as part of who she is.
Personally I had a moment a few years ago when someone asked me a question about one of my tattoos. For a moment I was puzzled at the question. Not about the question itself, but the fact that I had completely forgot that the tattoo wasn’t always there. I have had it so long, it is just my skin to me. My mod has become just a natural extension of of my self, to the point that I can’t remember what it was like before then. So when faced with a question about it, I blanked simply because it seemed odd to me that someone would ask me a question about something that to me had felt like it was always there.
Have you had a moment like that? The first time you realized that your mods have become a permanent extension of yourself and you forgot that they were even there?