Artist performing scarification

Once an explicit symbol of individuality or conformity to something other then the norm, body modification now appeals to a wide range of people from all social groupings and all walks of life. In recent years, those looking for a new way of expressing themselves through the medium of body modification can turn to scarification. This has become the latest form of body art that has grown in popularity. Like tattoos, scarification is a permanent design achieved through scarring the skin with, most commonly; a scalpel or the use of heat (branding). Scarification can be seen as a step on from tattooing, it is a permanent modification with the added element that it is raised, unlike a tattoo, so it has a more tactile element.

An Ancient Art.

Scarification is an ancient art of marking the skin permanently without the use of ink, but instead by making incisions into the skin to create both basic and intricate patterns which heal to from a scar of the desired design. Sometimes irritants were added to the healing tissue over the first ten days to "confuse" the tissue, by using both alkaline and acidic irritants along with keeping the tissue moist over the ten day period, would assist in promoting a much more prominent scar. Scarification in ancient times was performed for ritualistic reasons, rites of passage from child to man or woman hood, social stature, to mark criminals, as a form of making the body more desirable to male or female tribal members etc etc.

Modern Times.

We at Rude Studios have an extensive knowledge of how skin moves and forms over the body to produce the best scar. Although the techniques are different now to what they were in ancient times the end result is very much the same and the journey through the process is also very similar.

We Prefer to use a cylindrical scalpel handle with a number of different size scalpel blades to perform the procedure, and although this sounds quite painful it has been compared closely to tattooing in regards to pain factor.

There are many different variables that will determine the outcome of any scarification piece. As a general rule of thumb most Caucasian skin scars turn out to be quite flat or indented, people of darker skin tones tend to have a more prominent keloid scar.

Although this is more often the case there are various things that can be done to promote scarring on a healing scarification piece, and will sometimes help to achieve a more prominent effect in Caucasian skin.

Scarification is a different way to tmark the body in a different and more subtle way than tattooing and can also be an alternative to tattoing with white ink over black, with a much better result. It is also a good way for people with existing scars they find unsightly, to have them turned into something a little less unsightly without having to try tattooing over the top of them to cover them up. 

Our Artists.

Sam Myers is our main scarification artist and has extensive knowledge and research on the subject. See the gallery page for examples of her work, both new and healed. Feel fee to call the studio for a consultation. We hope to see you soon.

Rude studios is constantly researching and keeping up to date with guidelines and healthcare within the industry. Striving to be the very best and provide outstanding service to our customers. This is why we are the first studio in Great Britain to hold “ sharps safety awareness certificate”.

With the pending implementation of the EU Directive to prevent injuries and infections to healthcare workers from sharp objects.

On the 10th May 2010 a Directive was introduced to prevent injuries and blood-borne infections to hospital and healthcare workers from sharp instruments such as needles.

The Directive is published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Member states, including the UK, will have until 11th May 2013 to ensure that the provisions of the Directive have been implemented into national legislation. 


Contact details

2 Rude


6 Vicar Lane, Leeds, city centre

Phone: 0113 2422188

Rude Studios

 13b North Lane, Headingley 


 Phone: 0113 3180451

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