Definition of body art
: art that uses the human body as a medium … body art is just what its name implies: an art form in which the artist's body is the medium rather than the more conventional wood, stone, or paint on canvas. — Robert Atkins, Art Speak, 1990; specifically : decorative tattoos or piercings The celebrity mom adds to her collection of body art. Find out about her latest tattoo. — Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), 20 Oct. 2012
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