12. Never Merely ‘There’

Tattooing as a Practice of Writing and a Telling of Stories

  1. Robert Arp PH. D.
  1. Wendy Lynne Lee PH. D.

Published Online: 20 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118252789.ch12

Tattoos - Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am

Tattoos - Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am

How to Cite

Lee, W. L. (2012) Never Merely ‘There’, in Tattoos - Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am (ed R. Arp), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118252789.ch12

Author Information

  1. Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 6 APR 2012

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470672068

Online ISBN: 9781118252789

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Keywords:

  • tattoos, experiences and stories around it;
  • never merely ‘there,’ practice of writing;
  • visible tattooing, not of terribly-feminine themes;
  • tattooing at Auschwitz, ink, terror, death;
  • Freidman's story, history of the ‘tortured body’;
  • performative tattooing, and feminists, the Suicide Girls;
  • ‘Real’ Tattoos and excesses of meaning

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Story One: Sewn into My Skin is Written into My Story

  • Story Two: Tattooing at Auschwitz – Ink, Terror, Death

  • Story Three: Tattooing as a Practice of Writing, Unwriting, Inscription, and Counterinscription

  • Story Four: ‘Real’ Tattoos and the Excesses of Meaning

  • A Final Story: My Geckos