Pain is hard to pin down. It can be sharp, dull, burning, constricting, throbbing or colicky. It can be acute or chronic. For many, there is no close correlation between physical damage and the degree of pain experienced. There is an inherently subjective aspect to pain: Mood, attitudes and external events can all influence how it is perceived. It is even possible to endure agony from a part of the body that no longer exists, as amputees suffering from phantom This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 45 Love That for You A lesson in the art of compersion. Arts & Culture Issue 29 Nose Deep Why do we love the smell of old books? Arts & Culture Issue 27 In Defense of Loneliness Harriet Fitch Little shines a light on one of life’s most concealed emotions. Arts & Culture Issue 51 Emily Gernild The Danish painter breathing new life into an old medium. Arts & Culture Food Issue 51 Imogen Kwok The artist takes food styling quite literally, creating accessories out of fruits and vegetables. Arts & Culture Design Issue 51 How to Make a Chair And do it on a tiny budget.