The Friday Follow-up

The question that is most often asked when a scarification piece is posted is “What does it look like healed?”  So today we’re going to take a look at a scar that was featured a month ago, and see how the healing is coming along.  I realize this isn’t a fully healed scar, but it is still nice to see how it is coming along.

Here is the piece when it was still fresh:


And now, the scar after a few weeks of healing:


This scar, done by IAM: Eroswastika is one of many I’d like to revisit.  Ideally I’d like to make this a weekly column, so if you’ve got some before and after pictures of your scars, upload them to BME, and then drop me a line letting me know that you’ve sent them in.  Also, if you’re interested in seeing other fresh and healed scars, check out the scarification galleries.

18 thoughts on “The Friday Follow-up

  1. I was wondering how the ‘shading’ would scar. It scared more than I though it would. Looks good.

  2. I don’t understand the appeal of scarification and I don’t like the end results. As for the “idiot” tattoo…

  3. I agree with Wob. I don’t understand why anyone would want a scar like that when you could get the same thing tattooed and it would look SO much better and last longer.

  4. and? its not for you to understand, to some people a scar can mean just as much as tattoo, or even more, scarification is mostly about being cut, and how it looks right after its done, not always how it looks 4months down the line, or 4 years down the line, however what with some amazing artists out there, work is looking awesome even after healing

    so rachel, you may think it would “look SO much better and last longer” what lasts longer then a scar? and im sure alot of people would think it looks pretty cool, as im sure alot wouldnt, taste and what not

    and wob, what about that tattoo? lets see you send pics of your work and see if it gets posted, rather the sit there and offer nothing.

  5. oh yeah, as for this, i love it and i’d really love it people would carry on sending in pics of their scars healing!! *hint*

  6. It looks great. I’ve had scars that have lasted quite a few months though, to the point i’ve thought they’d always be very apparent, but then they start to vanish anyways. But as gandy said, it’s not just about the longevity and boldness of the pic, plus i can appreciate the subtleness of an old scarring. Haven’t seen a lot of scar tattoos with shading, not with that much of it at least, i’m liking it.

  7. linda, if you have pale skin try sunbathing when its summer most scars stay white even after tanning, i have a tiny tiny scar on my belly from when i cut myself at work, and it shows up really well after a tan 🙂

  8. I love seeing new and healed pictures of scars, in fact I HATE just seeing new ones with no follow up! Its like seeing a cake before its cooked or something.

    I’d never get a scarification myself, as I don’t like the uncertainty in healing and to me i’d want it to be permenant. Not everyones the same though. I have a faded lizard scar on my arm (thanks to a black henna tattoo when I was 17) though. If it was a cooler design I would have encouraged it to stay noticeable.

  9. I love seeing healed (and healing) scars.. I wish I would have taken more pictures as mine healed.
    As for the people saying “why not get a tattoo?” Well, scarification is a totally different experience with different results. I have a couple scar pieces, on my stomach and ribs, and I like them much more than if they were tattooed on.. I love running my hands over my star cuttings (healed for a couple years and raised).
    I’d rather get scarred than tattooed. (Truth: I have a large branding on my ribs, and I have a large tattoo on the other side, still not finished because I HATE getting my ribs tattooed.. but the branding, by Blair, was a fantastic experience!)

  10. gandy, of course it’s for me to understand, and to comment on, and even to judge, or it wouldn’t be posted on a website dedicated to posting photos and having people comment on them. And as I said, I don’t understand the appeal and I don’t like the way it looks. And as for the tattoo, I think it’s pathetic and sad in the same way that it’s stupid to wear a T-shirt emblazoned with the word “Idiot.” Even worse, in fact.

  11. I love the end result, would be nice to see it again a few years down the road.

    Scarification is vastly different from tattooing, with the technique, procedure and aims of it all. I have small scar dots along my spine, and sure I could have gotten them tattooed for the sake of clean lines and longevity (we thought about using red for an ink rub to get a bigger contrast against my natural skin colour, but I decided against it), but for me the whole thing was more about the procedure itself, the journey being more important than the destination. Although I was aware of the uncertainty with the healing/end results, I was lucky enough for the scars to be relatively uniform and raised. Also I’m eager to see how they change during the years, as my skin ages :).
    Tattoos and scarification cater to different needs and wants.

    As for the “Idiot.” tattoo, while it doesn’t match my own tastes, I don’t think it’s fair to call it a stupid thing to do, everyone gets tattoos for their own reasons. Also, you wouldn’t tell someone with a full bodysuit to just wear Ed Hardy clothes instead, would you, Wob?

  12. “Also, you wouldn’t tell someone with a full bodysuit to just wear Ed Hardy clothes instead, would you, Wob?”


    No, but I don’t see how that relates to what I wrote.

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