Strikingly Beautiful Backpiece Scar

For a wide variety of cultural reasons, even though dark skin is the ancestral home of the scarification artform, it’s rare for modern artists to have the opportunity to work on such skin. Iestyn Flye at London’s Divine Canvas ( recently had the chance to do a scarification backpiece on his friend Moniasse Sessou, and the result is incredible, easily placing it among the great masterpieces of modern scar art. Some of the design work came from friend and magician Touka Voodoo (whose work you’ve also seen here), the middle portion representing Moniasse’s spiritual path. The design was drawn on freehand, and the main part was done all at once, with the flower being done in a second session. It’s six or seven months old in these amazing photos.



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10 thoughts on “Strikingly Beautiful Backpiece Scar

  1. “among the great masterpieces of modern scar art”
    Lovely scar, but that is def an overstatement. Yes the results are quite staggering, but that is to do with the skin type. Artistically there are many out there that would be more deserving of that title.
    Almost sounds a little bit like kissing ass……………

  2. as beautiful as it is to look at, I sympathize for her lover, as the smooth curves of her back are no more. a back of braille doesn’t appeal to the hands, but art often comes with sacrifice.

  3. not good at all looks hideous. She will grow to regret it. In about 10 years when she is 40 plus, a touch older you understand just how stupid this was. Her contemporaries will have moved on and will no longer be interested in marking their skin and or or discussing the various blah blah reasons for the marks.

  4. It is very interesting to read what people have to say… John what are you scared of? Why can’t you just accept that somebody made a choice, a strong statement for their path in life? What make you think that I would ever regret having marked my skin? The problem is that you know absolutely nothing about me and if you think that this scar was for esthetics then you are so wrong, so so wrong. I am not scared of growing old with scars. Receiving this scar was an honour that you will never understand, it is in my blood, it is in my lineage, it is my heritage that I embrace with pride and grace.

  5. Her backpiece makes me think of a Veve. It’s a symbol used in Haitian Vodou, as a beacon for Loas – “angel” types of spirits, during rituals. Each spirit has its own Veve. I don’t know if it was an inspiration for this scarification, even if it wasn’t, it’s still an amazing piece of art.

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