Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art

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Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art

Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art is a book about body scarification, piercing and tattooing among “punk and neo-tribal” culture.  It was published on May 1, 1995 by University Press of Mississippi.  It contains a chapter detailing Perry Farrell’s piercings, tattoo and self-inflicted body scarification.  While it is unfortunate that some of the personal detail about Perry are wrong, the book does contain some interesting information about his body modifications as well as body modification culture in general.

The back of the book contains the following summary:

Tattooing, piercing, and scarification have been notorious and celebrated forms of body adornment in the punk culture for nearly two decades. Punk rockers assaulted society with in-your-face styles calculated to annoy or horrify. Their do-it-yourself ethos emphasized parody, gender confusion, and forbidden aspects of life. Whether for the goal of asserting one’s own identity, shocking the establishment, or expressing personal aesthetics, these once taboo styles of body art have moved in to other areas of modern culture. “Neo-Tribalism,” adapted from non-Western practices of body adornment, has emerged as a new youth and subcultural phenomenon.

Here presented in a book exploring the shock aesthetics of punk and neo-tribalism is a fascinating study of modern-age folk life. Given special focus is Perry Farrell, an influential practitioner of neo-tribal body art. The informally taught artist and musician who onced lived in the streets of Los Angeles founded the band called Jane’s Addiction and created the “Lollapalooza Tour” Understanding the subversive and personal appeal of body art for youth of the Western world is enhanced through understanding such a neo-tribalist figure as Perry Farrell.

Release Date: 05/01/1995
Released By: University Press of Mississippi
ID Number(s): 0878057358
Medium: Hardcover Book
Length: 72 Pages