When the new cuts were still fresh! By Iestyn Flye (also photo by Iestyn)
I don’t remember if i posted about this last year, but here is some scar work i did on a young, Native American girl. In her Blackfoot tribe it is customary to have a line scarred around their arm for each year they’re alive. It is known as Ponn Miistis, which literally translates to “the rings of a tree”. When they run out of room on one arm they move to the other, then the legs, but apparently their average life expectancy is only 43.
Anyhow, her parents are more modernized now and didn’t want her having this done while she was growing up. She was intrigued by her grandfather’s rings, which covered his arms and legs, so decided to come to me from Montana to catch up. Last year i worked on her upper arm and finished it up this time. She’s 24 now.
She promises to be back every year for another line, too!”
Body modification indigenous style; fucking gorgeous.
It’s why I stretch my lobes; a lot of east coast tribes practiced that. I plan on making a string of porcupine quills to string through as well. Many Iroquois Nation depictions have them wearing it.