I’m a big fan of scars, but I don’t believe in scarification (where you modify your body by scratching, burning, branding, or etching artificial scars into your skin like a wannabe tattoo). I’m not opposed to body modification. Tattoos are art. Piercings are art. Scars are not and they shouldn’t be. A scar should be natural. It’s something that you earn. It’s something to be proud of. They have to be deserved. A scar is an area of fibrous tissue that replaces your normal skin after a wound or injury. You get a cut and a scar forms to patch your skin back together stronger than before. I have various scars on my legs and arms from playing sports, hiking, and camping. I have a scar on my face from surgery to remove a cyst. I have a scar on my hand from playing too aggressively with a butterfly knife. All my scars tell a story and that’s how it should be. A scar that you design and deliberately place on your body is not a real scar. Scars form when uncontrollable forces clash with your body. Something’s got to give and it’s usually weak flesh. It’s a memento of something that made you a stronger person.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young


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