The Philosophy of Tattoos

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?

Author: John Miller

Publisher: Philosophies

ISBN: 0712353089


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Tattooing is an ancient practice with profound religious and cultural significance. While western tattooing centers 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?
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Tattoos Philosophy for Everyone

Covering philosophical issues ranging from tattooed religious symbols to a feminist aesthetics of tattoo, Tattoos and Philosophy offers an enthusiastic analysis of inking that will lead readers to consider the nature of the tattooing arts ...

Author: Robert Arp

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118252741

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Covering philosophical issues ranging from tattooed religious symbols to a feminist aesthetics of tattoo, Tattoos and Philosophy offers an enthusiastic analysis of inking that will lead readers to consider the nature of the tattooing arts in a new and profound way. Contains chapters written by philosophers (most all with tattoos themselves), tattoo artists, and tattoo enthusiasts that touch upon many areas in Western and Eastern philosophy Enlightens people to the nature of tattoos and the tattooing arts, leading readers to think deeply about tattoos in new ways Offers thoughtful and humorous insights that make philosophical ideas accessible to the non-philosopher
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The Philosophical Functionality of the Tattoo

Philosophy. of. Art ! If an object falls under the category of “art,” then one would suspect it has something in common ... My philosophical study of art focuses on tattoos, a traditionally unaccepted type of art, to help understand the ...

Author: Stefanie Flaxman

Publisher: Revision Fairy Press


Category: Philosophy

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Download for FREE at What makes something "art"? If an object falls under the category of “art,” then you'd suspect it has something in common with other items in this category. Art forms, however, produce strikingly different manifestations of art. For example, sculpture produces three-dimensional art, painting and drawing produce two-dimensional art, and performance art produces a time frame in which the art exists. How do these distinct practices have the possibility of producing creations that are acknowledged as “art?” The Philosophical Functionality of the Tattoo focuses on tattoos, a traditionally unaccepted type of art, to help understand the properties attributed to art. If tattoos are not “art,” why not? If tattoos are “art,” why so? Figuring out these characteristics about tattoos, specifically, contributes to the general ontology of art. [To continue reading, download the rest of the book for FREE at]
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Bodies of Inscription

A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community Margo DeMello, Gayle S. Rubin ... Japanese style because to me that is the real style of tattooing . Having been a sailor and having been to Japan , I just love the Japanese philosophy .

Author: Margo DeMello

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822324679

Category: Art

Page: 260

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An ethnography of the tattoo community, tracing the practice’s transformation from a mostly male, working-class phenomenon to one adapted and propagated by a more middle-class movement in the period from the 1970s to the present.
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy

Chapter 7 THE PHILOSOPHER WHO KNEW STIEG LARSSON: A BRIEF MEMOIR Sven Ove Hansson I first met Stieg Larsson on November 11, 1985. In a short note that I wrote to myself after the meeting, I concluded, “We seem to have quite a few puzzle ...

Author: Eric Bronson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118132937

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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The essential companion to Stieg Larsson's bestselling trilogyand director David Fincher's 2011 film adaptation Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium Trilogy—The Girlwith the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, andThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest—is aninternational phenomenon. These books express Larsson's lifelongwar against injustice, his ethical beliefs, and his deep concernfor women's rights. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo andPhilosophy probes the compelling philosophical issues behindthe entire trilogy. What philosophies do Lisbeth Salander and Kanthave in common? To catch a criminal, can Lisbeth and Mikael becriminals themselves? Can revenge be ethical? Drawing on some ofhistory's greatest philosophical minds, this book gives freshinsights into Larsson's ingeniously plotted tale of crime andcorruption. Looks at compelling philosophical issues such as a feministreading of Lisbeth Salander, Aristotelian arguments for why we loverevenge, how Kant can explain why so many women sleep with MikaelBlomkvist, and many more Includes a chapter from a colleague of Larsson's—whoworked with him in anti-Nazi activities—that exploresLarsson's philosophical views on skepticism and quotes fromnever-before-seen correspondence with Larsson Offers new insights into the novels' key characters, includingLisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and investigates the author,Stieg Larsson As engrossing as the quest to free Lisbeth Salander from herpast, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy isideal reading for anyone interested in unraveling the subtext andexploring the greater issues at work in the story.
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Tattoos Desire and Violence

Another example of the rise of womancentered tattoo culture is evident in “The Tattoo Baby Doll Project,” a collaborative project started in 1998 by a female embroiderer and female tattoo artists across the United States. The philosophy ...

Author: Karin Beeler

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786482532

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Whether they graphically depict an individual’s or a community’s beliefs, express the defiance of authority, or brand marginalized groups, tattoos are a means of interpersonal communication that dates back thousands of years. Evidence of the tattoo’s place in today’s popular culture is all around—in advertisements, on the stereotypical outlaw character in films and television, in supermarket machines that dispense children’s wash-away tattoos, and even in the production of a tattooed Barbie doll. This book explores the tattoo’s role, primarily as an emblem of resistance and marginality, in recent literature, film, and television. The association of tattoos with victims of the Holocaust, slaves, and colonized peoples; with gangs, inmates, and other marginalized groups; and the connection of the tattoo narrative to desire and violence are discussed at length.
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The Philosopher s New Clothes

The Theaetetus, the Academy, and Philosophy's Turn against Fashion Nickolas Pappas. Talk of the uniformed man brings shaved heads and tattoos to mind as anti-fashions, even though these do not involve materials placed on or over the ...

Author: Nickolas Pappas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317399247

Category: History

Page: 302

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This book takes a new approach to the question, "Is the philosopher to be seen as universal human being or as eccentric?". Through a reading of the Theaetetus, Pappas first considers how we identify philosophers – how do they appear, in particular how do they dress? The book moves to modern philosophical treatments of fashion, and of "anti-fashion". He argues that aspects of the fashion/anti-fashion debate apply to antiquity, indeed that nudity at the gymnasia was an anti-fashion. Thus anti-fashion provides a way of viewing ancient philosophy’s orientation toward a social world in which, for all its true existence elsewhere, philosophy also has to live.
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Conscious Ink The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos

Whatever inspires you to get a tattoo, know there is a hidden meaning that is personal to you. Consciousness is creative ... Because tattooing is rooted in shamanism, it also subscribes to the philosophy that there is no separateness.

Author: Lisa Barretta

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 9781632658920

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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There is hidden, powerful wisdom in tattoos. Did you ever think of your tattoo as a charged body talisman or a portal into your spiritual self? Ancient cultures practicing shamanic tattooing laid the groundwork for our modern exploration of consciousness. Tattoos are both a revelation and a proclamation of your embodied archetypes, dreams, emotions, even a hint of past-life memories. Conscious Ink shows how this edgy skin art interfaces with our body’s subtle energy field and reveals how tattoo imagery ties into the potent energy of inner alchemy that expands our self-awareness. Are you prepared to: Find out how/why intention is the moving force behind your tattoo’s vibration? Do you bring on good luck or bad juju? Understand why the piercing of your skin and drawing of blood forms a symbolic link into the energy field of your tattooist? Explore how tattoos reveal past-life/current-life emotional memory? Discover how tattoos can shift the emotional energy stored in certain body areas? Mindful inking can be an amazing modality that awakens your spiritual self. Looking at tattoos beyond the lens of body art, Conscious Ink gives you a new perspective on tattoos and their undeniable roots in pure, magic and mysticism.
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The Social Semiotics of Tattoos

Tattoos. and. Tattooing. in. an. Era. of. Liquid. Modernity. Theoretical approaches Basically, this work is about the cultural resources individuals use as they go about creating and expressing meaning in their everyday lives through ...

Author: Chris William Martin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350056497

Category: Social Science

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Why do people put indelible marks on their bodies in an era characterized by constant cultural change? How do tattoos as semiotic resources convey meaning? What goes on behind the scenes in a tattoo studio? How do people negotiate the informal career of tattoo artist? The Social Semiotics of Tattoos is a study of tattoos and tattooing at a time when the practice is more artistic, culturally relevant, and common than ever before. By discussing shifts within the practices of tattooing over the past several decades, Martin chronicles the cultural turn in which tattooists have become known as tattoo artists, the tattoo gun turns into the tattoo machine, and standardized tattoo designs are replaced by highly expressive and unique forms of communication with a language of its own. Revealing the full range of meaning-making involved in the visual, written and spoken elements of the act, this volume frames tattoos and tattooing as powerful cultural expressions, symbols, and indexes and by doing so sheds the last hints of tattooing as a deviant practice. Based on a year of full-time ethnographic study of a tattoo studio/art gallery as well as in-depth interviews with tattoo artists and enthusiasts, The Social Semiotics of Tattoos will be of interest to academic researchers of semiotics as well as tattoo industry professional and artists.
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Tattoos in American Visual Culture

By drawing upon the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari to expand the idea of performance and performativity to images, I suggest an understanding of agency as the activity that occurs within specific discursive relations.

Author: M. Fenske

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230609709

Category: Social Science

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In analyses of tattoo contests, advertising, and modern primitive photographs, the book shows how images of tattooed bodies communicate and disrupt notions of gender, class, and exoticism through their discursive performances. Fenske suggests working within dominant discourse to represent and subvert oppressive gender and class evaluations.
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