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Body Language: Stories in Flesh

Body Language: Stories in Flesh

by Matthew Bennett (Text by), Elias Cepeda (Text by), Jonah Horwitz (Introduction), Marc Hauser (Photographer), Pressley Johnson Design (Designed by)

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Here photographer Hauser's (Images from Within: Portraits of People Confronting Mental Illness) portraits of people and their tattoos are dramatic, humorous, and sexy. Lushly illustrated, the book promotes the convention that tattoos represent a pure, primitivist sensibility outside the technology-driven modern world. However, the personal stories that accompany the portraits reflect the diversity among those who use their bodies as canvas. Hauser frames his subjects in challenging, confrontational ways—daring viewers to look more closely. His use of a portrait-studio backdrop lends the images an anachronistic look, and there is not always a correspondence between the story related and the tattoo depicted. The tattoo work ranges in quality but rarely is exceptional. VERDICT This beautifully produced work will be a welcome coffee-table book for readers interested in tattoos and tattoo culture, but it is not an ideal sourcebook for those interested in tattoo design. Libraries would be better served by Terisa Green's The Tattoo Encyclopedia: A Guide to Choosing Your Tattoo or Adrian Lee's Full Coverage.—Toro Castaño, Roski Sch. of Fine Arts, Univ. of Southern California

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