Wembley, Middlesex: Publications, Ltd., 1987-1995. Quarto (29.5 x 21 cm). Original photo-illustrated color wrappers; 48 pp. each. Very good condition.
22 of a total of 23 issues published (lacking the 23rd and final issue) of the British body modification magazine, published irregularly under the editorial direction of Henry Ferguson, with features on various aspects of body art including tattoos, piercing, branding, scarification, implants, and surgical modifications but also nonpermanent forms such as painting, hairdressing and jewelry, with recurring columns on non-Western traditions and social anthropology as well as reporting on relevant current events, book reviews, and advertisements, richly illustrated throughout including extensive photo essays, many in color.
With contributions by or interviews with premier tattoo artists, body modification experts, and anthropologists, including Lal Hardy, Lynn Porter, Ted Polhemus, Chris Wroblewski, Dick Taylor, et al., Body Art added a certain thoughtfulness to an eroticized genre widely understood as a fetish subculture but which was gaining traction in the underground arts scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s and in the academy with studies of the "semiotics of clothing and body decoration". Vivid color photographs present remarkable examples of artistic and technical innovations.
Book ID: 53044