Author(s): Robert Arp
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
Robert Arp is a Philosopher and Ontologist who has taught at numerous colleges and universities. He is the author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (2008), and co-author of Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well (2011), What's Good on TV: Understanding Ethics through Television (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and Philosophy DeMYSTiFieD (2011); in addition, he is editor of South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006).
I Ink, Therefore I Foreword x Rocky Rakovic I Am, Therefore I Ink: An Introduction to Tattoos - Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am xiv Robert Arp Acknowledgments xxvii SHEET I THE HISTORY AND NATURE OF TATTOOS 1 1 Tattoos and the Tattooing Arts in Perspective: An Overview and Some Preliminary Observations 3 Charles Taliaferro and Mark Odden 2 How to Read a Tattoo, and Other Perilous Quests 14 Juniper Ellis SHEET II TATTOOS AND ART 27 3 Are Tattoos Art? 29 Nicolas Michaud 4 Fleshy Canvas: The Aesthetics of Tattoos from Feminist and Hermeneutical Perspectives 38 Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray and Tanya Rodriguez SHEET III THE TATTOOED WOMAN 51 5 Female Tattoos and Graffiti 53 Thorsten Botz-Bornstein 6 Painted Fetters: Tattooing as Feminist Liberation 65 Nancy Kang SHEET IV PERSONAL IDENTITY 81 7 Tattoo You: Personal Identity in Ink 83 Kyle Fruh and Emily Thomas 8 Illusions of Permanence: Tattoos and the Temporary Self 96 Rachel C. Falkenstern 9 My Tattoo May Be Permanent, But My Memory of It Isn't 109 Clancy Smith SHEET V EXPRESSIONS OF FREEDOM 121 10 Tattoos are Forever: Bodily Freedom and the (Im)possibility of Change 123 Felipe Carvalho 11 Bearing the Marks: How Tattoos Reveal Our Embodied Freedom 135 Jonathan Heaps SHEET VI EXPERIENCES AND STORIES SURROUNDING TATTOOS 149 12 Never Merely 'There': Tattooing as a Practice of Writing and a Telling of Stories 151 Wendy Lynne Lee 13 Something Terribly Flawed: Philosophy and 'The Illustrated Man' 165 Kevin S. Decker SHEET VII ETHICAL CONCERNS 179 14 The Vice of the Tough Tattoo 181 Jennifer Baker 15 To Ink, or Not To Ink: Tattoos and Bioethics 193 Daniel Miori 16 Writing on the Body: The Modern Morality of the Tattoo 206 Simon Woods SHEET VIII EASTERN AND RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES 219 17 Is a Tattoo a Sign of Impiety? 221 Adam Barkman 18 Confessions of a Tattooed Buddhist Philosopher 230 Joseph J. Lynch 19 An Atheist and a Theist Discuss a Cross Tattoo and God's Existence 242 Robert Arp Notes on Contributors 261