"Deep human interest and . . . amazing information" — Scientific AmericanCharming and crude, discreet and boldly exhibitionistic — tattoos come in a dizzying range of styles and express an extraordinary range of sentiments, from "go away" to "come hither." This pioneering survey examines the background of a counterculture phenomenon that has swept into the mainstream. It a"Deep human interest and . . . amazing information" — Scientific AmericanCharming and crude, discreet and boldly exhibitionistic — tattoos come in a dizzying range of styles and express an extraordinary range of sentiments, from "go away" to "come hither." This pioneering survey examines the background of a counterculture phenomenon that has swept into the mainstream. It approaches body art from a variety of angles, including artistic, semiotic, psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives.Tattoo: Secrets of a Strange Art first appeared in 1933, when the majority of people with tattoos were sailors, prostitutes, and criminals. Venturing from waterfront tattoo parlors to circus midways, author Albert Parry talked to many of the great tattoo artists of the early twentieth century about their techniques. Parry was among the first to analyze the custom's subconscious motivations and to expose its erotic implications. His fascinating stories examine overt and subliminal tattoo messages of masochistic tendencies, membership in a select society, sexual fantasy and romantic devotion, patriotism, and religious fervor. A unique historical document and a compelling psychological study, this book offers a thought-provoking look at one aspect of the human drive for self-expression....
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Tattoo: Secrets of a Strange Art Reviews
This is a really bad book. Normally, I don't say things like this, but Parry's book is seen and used by many as a "historical" work, and nothing can be further from the truth.The only thing it's a historical representation of is old, negative attitudes about tattooing and the absurd lengths people will go to to "prove" them, which is to say, make shit up.Also, I'm really suspect of Parry's "Freudian" take on tattooing, but honestly, don't have enough background to call him out. Terribly negative toward women (who, if tattooed, are all sluts and whores and deserving of rape.)I cringe when I see "facts" from this book quoted in works on tattoo history, since nothing in Parry's book (save for the NY Times articles on Martin Hildebrandt) is sourced.
This book was originally published in the 1930's and it's view points reflect that. It is a delightfully entertaining read with insights into the early culture and heritage of tattooing in the United States that can not be recreated post era. However I would admonish the reader to make sure that this book is not to be taken as a current understanding of tattooing and it's practices today but as a historical record of the theories, practices and stories of the time.