Definition of body art in US English:

body art


  • 1Items of jewelry or clothing worn on the body and regarded as art.

    • ‘He had blonde spiky hair, Jess explained, and he wasn't completed covered with body art.’
    • ‘They're always into girls with piercings and body art, and colorful hair.’
    • ‘For example, Sweetman noted in his interviews with tattooed and pierced adults that most referred to their body art as decorative accessories.’
    • ‘Organisers said items on sale included outfits, footwear, body art, lingerie, jewellery and gifts.’
    • ‘Another on-premise program with Manic Panic is Red Passion's Body Painting Party, through which bar goers can receive a bit of body art.’
    • ‘The latter reason suggests that for many, getting some body art requires the same careful consideration as eating a Snickers bar.’
    • ‘In contrast to previous research, the results of the current study did not support the notion of an increase in self-esteem following the incorporation of body art.’
    • ‘Against the eclectic musical background there was a huge array of stalls, including recycled clothes, hammocks, body art, books and crafts.’
    • ‘Young women were slightly more likely than young men to have body art.’
    • ‘Apart from his body art, his face was elaborate with piercings: two in each eyebrow, six in one ear and eight in the other, a hoop in his nose, a barbell in his lip and a stud through his chin.’
    • ‘Remember that not everyone is open-minded, and your body art will often need to be covered for more formal occasions.’
    • ‘He also digs sharing information about his personal body art that you'd probably rather not know.’
    • ‘If you have an occasional drink - or an earring and some body art adorning your biceps - don't panic.’
    • ‘A Harris survey from a year ago says 17 per cent of U.S. tattooees regret their body art.’
    • ‘It seems that despite the popular myth, according to the 500,000 seamen's records held at Kew, sailors tended to confine their body art mainly to their forearms.’
    • ‘Second, it's best to position your body art where you can control whether it's seen.’
    • ‘Visually, too, this crossover thing has been overdone: there is too much mixing of elements, from Kerala lamps and sarees and Kathakali to Egyptian body art and vivid tribal colours.’
    • ‘Sometimes the body is a medium, for example, with tattoos or body art.’
    • ‘Under closer scrutiny, she had to admit that the tattoo, of a snake twisted around black flames, was the most artistic piece of body art she had ever seen.’
    • ‘The younger woman was not the ‘type’ and had probably gotten her body art for the shock value with which it hit her conservative parents.’
    1. 1.1 The practice of decorating the body by means of tattooing, piercing, plastic surgery, etc.
      • ‘The bald-headed one, whose torso had been transformed into a canvas for body art, gently welcomed the embrace.’
      • ‘Judged by Garry and the staff of the Todd Street Tattoos, 10 men and 10 women who practise body art took to the stage.’
      • ‘Jeffreys and Martin have viewed such forms of body art as tattooing and piercing as forms of self-destructive or self-mutilatory behavior.’
      • ‘The kind of body art they practise would shame the youngsters who adorn themselves with primitive attempts at aping the tribals.’
      • ‘I love body art and piercing.’
      • ‘Quite a few people - 56 percent - say they simply find tattoos and body art distasteful.’
      • ‘The connection between propensity for risk-taking behaviors and body art is supported by previous research, primarily with college age subjects.’
      • ‘Aboriginal markings and South American Indian body art are amongst some of the sources that provide students with a multicultural reservoir of ideas.’
      • ‘Our current policy on tattoos, branding, piercing, and other forms of body art has not changed appreciably over the past thirty years.’
      • ‘The body art is a means of aesthetic expression, but is also important in attracting the opposite sex and intimidating opponents.’
      • ‘Almost 50 children attended The Venue's launch last week to enjoy a free barbecue, face-painting, body art, badge-making and other craft activities.’
      • ‘The most poignant part of the exhibit is a movie clip that shows what Western society has done to many other cultures where body art was once a serious matter.’
      • ‘Philosophy of pain and piercing aside, how does this particular form of body art play out in their lives?’
      • ‘Can you remember when piercings and body art were a symbol of rebellion against society's mainstream values?’
      • ‘While she is a lawyer, which in the tattoo community is not a good thing to be, she has rallied its members to her side by articulating a vision of how copyright law could be applied to body art.’
      • ‘Many of the pigments used in body art are not approved for skin contact.’
      • ‘Body piercing is one of the oldest forms of body art, and modification and examples of piercings exist among museum antiquities.’
      • ‘Then the tattoo did something very strange for body art.’
      • ‘Some body art practices may have had a medical intent.’
      • ‘Body painting and masks will be another thrill of the event - special artists have been invited and will give ‘disguise’ shows as well as a display of body art.’
  • 2An artistic movement originating in the 1970s in which the physical presence of the artist (or of a model) is regarded as an integral part of the work.

    • ‘And then there's that new piece of body art that really livened things up in the airport security line.’
    • ‘While there are interesting parallels between performance and body art in Asia and the West, there are also significant differences.’
    • ‘In the words of one eminent French critic she ‘combines architecture, body art, street theatre, fashion, social therapy, formal poetry and ideological activism’.’
    • ‘She offers new interpretations of the masochistic body art of the 1970s, exploring associations with the submissive suffering of Christ.’
    • ‘The current profusion of off-kilter portraiture and body art, for example, strongly resonates with the work of two artists who came of age in the 1970s, Joan Brown and Gregory Gillespie.’
    • ‘This is particularly evident in the various ways her connections to feminism and body art have been construed.’
    • ‘Robert Gober's body art also falls into this lineage.’
    • ‘In her feminist analysis, Jeffreys argued that body art was a consequence of having lower social status in a male dominated society.’
    • ‘He cited an example from the 1980's, when, at a body art exhibition, an artist presented a drawing of a young naked woman.’
    • ‘Further, Rubin's filmmaking practices were a type of performance and sexual agitprop that foreshadowed the emergence of critical body art at the end of the 1960s.’
    • ‘Despite clear cultural differences in specific approaches and actions, Asian body art, like its Western counterpart, derives its effectiveness from the way it reflects on our common humanity.’
    • ‘Along our academic journey, some students get lost or frustrated with postminimalism, body art, land art, performance, neo-expressionism, feminism and multiculturalism.’
    • ‘The University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, recently hosted an exhibit about body art.’
    • ‘The Real Madrid ace, whose wife, Victoria, gave birth to the couple's third son, Cruz last month, has told pals he is desperate for trusted expert Louis Molloy to add his latest child to his collection of body art.’
    • ‘Western society is more tolerant of body art now than it was during the colonial period, when it was associated with tribal cultures.’
    • ‘This book makes clear the extent to which body art in general challenges notions of ‘acceptable’ artistic practice.’
    • ‘‘Peking opera gave me rigid training in body art,’ he said.’
    • ‘Kruger was referring to the gender wars that roiled U.S. political discourse in the 1980s, but the history of performance and body art suggests that the statement has much wider ramifications.’
    • ‘A temporary show on body art, complete with copious pictures of heavily pierced extremities, was not for the fainthearted.’
    • ‘This was Weber's fourth in a series of public readings that fall within the category of ordeal or endurance art, a performance genre derived from body art.’


body art

/ˈbädē ärt/