Re/Search #12: Modern Primitives
"An investigation of Contemporary Adornment and Ritual"
Taking an anthropological perspective on contemporary body modification (tattooing, scarification et al) doesn't make these practices any easier to understand - at least not for someone whose skin is a clean slate. We have tattoos and still can't think of a good enough reason why.
This fascinating book goes on a deep quest to understand why people go to such extreme lengths to decorate their bodies and it touches on almost every aesthetic element you can think of. From corsets and coiled collars to piercing suspension and genital *ahem* remodelling. There are also standout interviews with Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey, and Psychic TV / Throbbing Gristle co-founder, Genesis P-Orridge.
Publication date: 1989
Publisher: Re/Search Publications
Description: Softcover. 2nd printing. 212p.