My buddy nancita sent me an interesting article featuring images of a female artist who has a skin condition called dermatographia. This means that her skin frequently breaks out into red, itchy and sometimes blistery hives. The hives are caused by a sensitivity to scratching. When the skin becomes irritated, histamines are released which causes swelling. When this occurs, the artist claims she can "painlessly draw patterns and words on my skin, which I then photograph."
If you are looking at these pictures and thinking that it's a little bit gross, yet a little bit pretty, I couldn't agree more.
I really respect how she turned something that would make most feel self-conscious into something interesting to look at. I'm just glad to hear that it doesn't hurt. If that were the case, it would be considered more like self-mutilation than anything else. What do think of skin art?