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Tattoo: Secrets of a Strange Art

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Publisher Comments:

"Deep human interest and . . . amazing information" — Scientific American

Charming and crude, discreet and boldly exhibitionistic — tattoos come in a dizzying range of styles and express an extraordinary range of sentiments, from "go away" to "come hither." This pioneering survey examines the background of a counterculture phenomenon that has swept into the mainstream. It approaches body art from a variety of angles, including artistic, semiotic, psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives.

Tattoo: Secrets of a Strange Art first appeared in 1933, when the majority of people with tattoos were sailors, prostitutes, and criminals. Venturing from waterfront tattoo parlors to circus midways, author Albert Parry talked to many of the great tattoo artists of the early twentieth century about their techniques. Parry was among the first to analyze the custom's subconscious motivations and to expose its erotic implications. His fascinating stories examine overt and subliminal tattoo messages of masochistic tendencies, membership in a select society, sexual fantasy and romantic devotion, patriotism, and religious fervor. A unique historical document and a compelling psychological study, this book offers a thought-provoking look at one aspect of the human drive for self-expression.

Synopsis:

This pioneering 1933 survey approaches body art from a variety of angles, including artistic, semiotic, psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives. One of the first studies to analyze the subconscious motivations and erotic implications behind tattooing, it examines overt and subliminal messages of romance, patriotism, and religious fervor. 27 illustrations.

Table of Contents

Foreword

I. Women and Love

II. Men and Love

III. Prostitutes and Perversion

IV. The Youth

V. The Art and Its Masters

VI. The Circus

VII. Sailors

VIII. Low Herd--High Society

IX. Identification

X. Faith, Magic, and Disease

XI. Removal

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486447926
Author:
Parry, Albert
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Subject:
General
Subject:
Tattooing
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Tattoos, Mehndi, & Body Painting, Etc.
Subject:
Body Art & Tattooing
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27, and 3 color on covers
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.47 pd

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » Body Art and Tattooing
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Contemporary
History and Social Science » Sociology » Reference and Methodology
History and Social Science » World History » General
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Humanities » Philosophy » General

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This pioneering 1933 survey approaches body art from a variety of angles, including artistic, semiotic, psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives. One of the first studies to analyze the subconscious motivations and erotic implications behind tattooing, it examines overt and subliminal messages of romance, patriotism, and religious fervor. 27 illustrations.
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