3. Are Tattoos Art?

  1. Robert Arp PH. D.
  1. Nicolas Michaud

Published Online: 20 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118252789.ch3

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

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

How to Cite

Michaud, N. (2012) Are Tattoos Art?, in Tattoos - Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am (ed R. Arp), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118252789.ch3

Author Information

  1. University of North Florida, 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 and art;
  • tattoos, as an art;
  • art, participation in the art world;
  • art world theorists;
  • tattoo art museum, San Francisco;
  • formalism, art as a result of working together;
  • expressionism, tattoos as works of art;
  • performance art;
  • images alone, of great artistic merit

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Nice Tattoo

  • What is Art?

  • Art World Theory: Art is Participation in the Art World

  • Formalism: Art is the Result of Formal Properties Working Together

  • Expressionism: Art Elicits an Emotional Response from the Viewer

  • What Do These Theories Accomplish for Tattoos?

  • Tattoos as Performance Art

  • The Human Canvas

  • Tattoos, Mortality, and Deep Meaning