in addition to reclaiming my own cultural practices, language, music etc., i have thought long and hard of our complicity in the continued colonization of other peoples and what biyuti posted abt tattoos a while ago.
and i realized that i was never attracted enough to get any of my own because it is not part of my culture. ditto w piercings, earlobes excepted.
if i am to respect my own culture, it follows that i will have to be respectful and mindful of others’ too. some things are not for me; and part of my decolonization process is and inevitably has to include ridding myself of as many colonial practices as possible. tattoos and piercings are just skimming the surface.