Nonmainstream Body Modification

Fri, 21 Jan 1994 09:38:02 -0600

A worthwhile article on the subject, entitled "Nonmainstream Body
Modification: Genital Piercing, Branding, Burning, and Cutting" can
be found in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 21(3):267-306
(1992). It's by James Myers, who deserves a great deal of credit for
pursuing this line of study. I'd also like to recommend a book by
Charles Sanders, Customizing the Body: The Art and Culture of
Tattooing (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989).

As far as the popular press goes, a fundamental reference is Modern
Primitives (RE/Search Press), a collection of interviews by Andrea
Juno. I also highly recommend photo and interview oriented magazines
such as "Skin Art," "In the Flesh," and "Art? Alternatives," published
by Outlaw Biker Enterprises, 450 Seventh Ave., Suite 2305, New York,
NY 10123-2305. They also publish "Tattoo Revue" and a variety of
special issues. While the quality of articles in these magazines is
generally poor to fair, the visual images are quite good.

For the most extreme treatment of this subject, see a publication
called "Piercing Fans International Quarterly." By the way, many
of the publications I've mentioned are available from Last Gasp,
2180 Bryant St., San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 824-6636. It's an
excellent mail-order enterprise that is coming to include more and
more anthropology in their inventory.