Modern Primitive, the term created to define atavistic practices in a modern cultural setting, was originally coined by west coast practitioner/shaman Fakir Musafar. Used to describe himself and a handful of others, the "ideal" Modern Primitive feels a closeness, even a "past life" tie to the body rites practiced by indigenous tribal people.
Favored tattoos include large neo-tribal black shapes that fit the contours of the body, with earlobes, septum and labret usually stretched to conventional sizes.
Modern Primitives generally seek the spiritual side of modification, from private modification rituals to adding a ritual setting to conventional piercing procedures.
Note: Publishers Juno & Vale borrowed the term "Modern Primitive" for their landmark and best selling book Modern Primitives.