Expressing the Inner Wild

Tattoos, Piercings, Jewelry, and Other Body Art

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Maybe you’ve noticed Kanye West’s grill of gold and diamonds on his bottom teeth or admired Nicki Minaj’s crazy wigs. But have you checked out Chris “The Duchess” Walton, a singer from Las Vegas, who has fingernails that are 20 feet (6 meters) long? Or Julia Gnuse, who is called the Illustrated Lady because her entire body is covered with tattoos? What about baseball player Covelli Loyce “Coco” Crisp? Have you seen the stud implant on his neck?

All of this body art is pretty wild, but in fact, people have been decorating and modifying their bodies in fantastic ways for thousands of years. Cleopatra of ancient Egypt wore hair styles to rival those of Lady Gaga. The ancient Inca of South America decorated their nails with images of gods and eagles. Even English playwright William Shakespeare had a piercing!

In Expressing the Inner Wild, you’ll read about all the amazing ways people around the globe and across the centuries have been creatively transforming their hair, lips, fingers, toes, eyelashes, ears—just about any body part you can think of—with jewelry, makeup, inks, piercings, and other decorations. From African tribal body paint to ear plugs, tattoo pantyhose, and nail art for guys, you’ll discover the sky’s the limit!

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 56
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 8.8
BISACS YAN005030, YAN019000, YAN052020
Dewey 391.7
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1020
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Table of contents


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Body adornment and modification are well established markers of status, artistry, rebellion, and the sheer joy of ostentation, and this title reminds adolescent readers that even the most outré of contemporary styles has probably been bested in other times and cultures.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Kirkus Reviews

“The narrative style is so succinct that readers will find they’ve already devoured a whole section of the book without even noticing, and full-color and black-and-white photos make the read all the more enticing.” —Kirkus Reviews