Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art (book)

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Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art
Author Daniel Wojcik
Genre Culture Studies
Country United States
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
Published September 1995
Language English
Pages 72
ISBN 0878057358

Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art by Daniel Wojcik

From the back:

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 into 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 folklife. Given special focus is Perry Farrell, an influential practitioner of neo-tribal body art. This informally taught artist and musician who once 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.

Daniel Wojcik is a professor of English and folklore at the University of Oregon.

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