Body art uses the human body as a means of artistic expression. Body art includes piercing, tattooing, painting or scarring, and it can include adornments, such as clothes, shoes and hair coloring.
Body art as self-expression or as part of rituals goes back thousands of years. Cave paintings feature bodies covered with tattoos or piercings. Elaborate costumes, fashions and hairstyles are frequently used in ceremonies and celebrations or to assert individuality.
Body art is often permanent or leaves lasting marks. Temporary body art allows for changes to be made as the need for self-expression changes. In recent years, multiple body piercings and tattoos have become increasingly popular as a way of expressing creativity.