AGONY & ALCHEMY
Sacred Art and Tattoos
By M. Young
Tattoos are as timeless as petroglyphs and cave art: they have been integral to the human experience since men and women began to walk upright. Although tattoos traditionally served as significant religious and social functions in ancient cultures and indigenous tribes, they were considered taboo in the West for centuries. Arising out of the contmeporary culture of the streets, tattoos have gained ground in recent decades as symbolic emblems of life on Earth in our millenium.
This is a book that takes the reader into an experience that vividly captures the imagination with over one hundred photographs of tattooed people and sixteen color plates of original art of sacred iconography. Tracing the path of skin art through historical perspectives and popular trends, the author goes beyond considerations of cultural relevance into a transpersonal, universal experience of art and alchemy that is compelling and sublime. With a Foreword by Robert Beer
"...a compelling book that will give the reader an insight into these often misunderstood icons and cultures. Thoroughly recommended." - Skin Deep, December 2005
Size: 260 x 260 mm
Extent: 260 pages
Illus: b/w photos. and colour illus.
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Hohm PressDecember 2005