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Kat Von D portrait tattoo by Erin Chance
With filming beginning for yet another tattoo TV show, NY Ink, it seems the timing is right for Dr. Matt Lodder's look at the formulas behind "reality TV" (and their relation to the true reality of tattooing) in his article entitled, "Televising the Tattoo" for Paperweight: A Newspaper of Visual & Material Culture.
The article articulates the hot button issue surrounding these shows: not every tattoo needs to have a story but a television show does. Here's just a bit of what Matt says:
It is true that subsections of the tattooed population--gangs, sailors, prisoners--have certainly long made use of tattoos to express specific concepts or to signify group membership, but this has never been true of tattoos in general. Tattooing has forever been decorative as much as it has been simply narrative, with many tattoos lacking a specifically expressive story-telling component to the design. Nevertheless, tattoo TV both depends on and reinforces the preconception that the skin is a screen for its generic formula. For so ingrained is the connection between tattoos and stories that without the traumatic sob-stories of death and loss attached to almost every tattoo, the shows would feature little more than shots of the tattooers high-fiving one another.
For more of this excellent read, you can order Paperweight, print & digital, here.
[For more on NY Ink, see the blogs of Ami James and Tim Hendricks.]
In further proof that the revolution will be shaded, come two events, back-to-back, which prove the Jewish mainstream is quickly catching up with Craig Dershowitz and the illustrated masses.
First, myself & my haphazardly-shaved chest are featured on the front page of The Forward (traditional Judaism's version of the Wall Street Journal, with more Wall, less Street) along with some fine art photography featuring the Rebbetzin herself, Marisa Kakoulas on an article describing tattooed Jews and our ever-growing influence on the unmarked.
Second, Sixth & I, a historic temple in Washington D.C., has tapped Ami James, the Israeli
tattoo artist made famous on Miami Ink, to speak with Todd Weinberger from Inked magazine regarding all that is Tattoo & Taboo about Jewish body art on Sunday, October 25th at 7pm
Unfortunately for all of us, that event promises to be sans Marisa's glamor shots.
Tattooed Jews, this is the moment. The house of cards is creaky, the Jenga tiles poorly structured. Let your ink speak out now and let us push Judaism into a culture of artistic acceptance and freedom of expression.