Tattooing is an ancient practice with profound religious and cultural
significance. While western tattooing centres on three main traditions -
Polynesian, Japanese and Euro-American -- it has been recorded more or
less everywhere. Beginning with the birth of the tattoo, John Miller
explores this unique expression of personal, cultural and national
identity, the tension between tattoo's status as a fashion item and its
roots in subculture, and the relevance of magic -- a crucial part of
tattooing's origins -- in contemporary society.
As the inherent shock factor of tattoos decreases, tattoos are becoming more extensive, public and challenging in response, prompting an upsurge in avant-garde tattoo projects and 'extreme' tattooing. The Philosophy of Tattoos investigates the innate human desire to mark the skin, and what tattooing might tell us about that obsessively asked question: what does it mean to be human?
The Philosophy of Tattoos - John Miller
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