Images and styles are adopted which communicate meanings about the individual to his/her peers and to society.
Styles of dress, language, music, and dance are some of the ways that portray one's own unique symbols, values, and meanings.
People may also want themselves to be portrayed as someone who they are not.
For example, someone gets a tattoo or earrings just to look "tough" or "cool".
Body modification is clearly a means by which youth seek to displace authority and etiquette.
Within the last four years I have gotten two earrings, a tongue ring, and a huge tattoo on my back. " These are questions that I should have asked myself four years ago. The reason I got it was simply to look cool but know I am stuck with it for as long as I live.
Are certain forms of body ornamentation indicative of unhealthy, antisocial, or even evil influences as some detractors contend?
If these fears or opinions have any basis in reality, should society as a whole fear the future?
This is seen currently with the trend of body piercing, tattoos, branding, and other forms of body adornment.
These forms of body adornment are seen by the larger part of Western society as mutilation.