Friday, September 12, 2008

Things I don't want on my wall

NPR reports that an art collector recently paid $215,000 for a Swiss man's tattooed back. The walking work of art, Tim Steiner, will appear at certain events to show off the tattoo by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. Even stranger, Steiner has also agreed that the art collector may preserve the tattoo after Steiner's death! That is one piece of artwork you should make a point to see sooner than later.

Other tattoos have been preserved for posterity, although not as artwork. In fact, evidence of tattooing exists on a mummified human body known as the Iceman from 3300 BC. And, to come full circle, the image of the Iceman now graces the arm of Brad Pitt and others. For more on the fascinating world of tattoos check out these titles:

Tattoo Art

Decorated Skin: A World Survey of Body Art

Here's Looking At You: A Celebration of Body Art

The Body Art Book: A Complete, Illustrated Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Modifications

Vanishing Beauty: Indigenous Body Art and Decoration

The Tattoo Encyclopedia: A Guide to Choosing Your Tattoo

Bodies Of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community

Tattoo History: A Source Book: An Anthology of Historical Records of Tattooing Throughout the World

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