The latest trend among the weird and wonderful acts and activities occurring around the world is sunburn art. It has in fact reached the mainstream of society by now and the medical authorities are concerned since it is a health hazard.
A new craze is doing the rounds. Termed sunburn art, it involved covering your near-naked body with some pattern of impervious designed object so that when you undergo some sunlight therapy, the result is a logo. A picture of a man with a batman logo emblazoned on his bare chest is one example of what has been going around the Internet as a visual meme of sorts.
Humankind seems to have an undying love for fads. Especially, the American public is a big fan of all sorts of gimmicks, gizmos and gadgets that titillate and tantalize everything from their extremely cloyed tastebuds to their very ticklish toes.
Such faddism can prove harmful at times as happened with scream therapy in the 60s and 70s. It brought out subterranean monsters from the unconscious of the individuals who participated in the screaming sessions. A similar yet different fate may overtake those gravitating towards sunburn art.
All that sunburn art requires is the quality of stenciling a pattern, be it a heart symbol or a skull and crossbones anywhere on your body. Then you allow the sun to do its work. The result is something akin to tan lines on the bikini body of a beautiful babe on a beach in the sultry, sizzling summer heat.
Unlike tattoos, you don’t need to visit a specialist with a sharp needle. It only takes your body in an underwear if you are a male or a bathing suit if you are a female and the abundant solar power of May, June and July.
The sunburn art displayed on Instagram ranged from the mild to the wild to the downright dangerously sick. The medical establishment has given a fair warning to all amateur sunburn artists to be very careful lest they contract skin cancer via this hazardous method of self-expression.
Everything from sprouting melanomas to skin outgrowths that are malignant may occur anytime thanks to this invasive procedure. Physicians have given an ultimatum regarding the fearsome trend.
They say that like sungazing which is at most dubious in its benefits, sunburn art is a crazy fad that will not last long since it is bound to have very bad consequences for its practitioners. With the ozone hole being larger than usual in this age and time, sunbathing is a surefire way of contracting skin cancer faster than you can say “UV Rays”.
The Skin Cancer Foundation has released the following statement on Sunburn Art:
The Skin Cancer Foundation strongly advises the public to avoid sunburns at all costs. A sunburn is not only painful – it’s dangerous, and comes with consequences. Sunburns cause DNA damage to the skin, accelerate skin aging, and increase your lifetime skin cancer risk. In fact, sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends adopting a complete sun protection regimen that includes seeking shade, covering up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses, in addition to daily sunscreen use.
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