4. Fleshy Canvas

The Aesthetics of Tattoos from Feminist and Hermeneutical Perspectives

  1. Robert Arp PH. D.
  1. Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray PH. D.1 and
  2. Tanya Rodriguez PH. D.2

Published Online: 20 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118252789.ch4

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

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

How to Cite

Baltzer-Jaray, K. and Rodriguez, T. (2012) Fleshy Canvas, in Tattoos - Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am (ed R. Arp), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118252789.ch4

Author Information

  1. 1

    North American Society for Early Phenomenology, USA

  2. 2

    John Jay College (CUNY), 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



  • fleshy canvas, aesthetics of tattoos;
  • tattoo artistry, and social acceptance;
  • ‘aesthetics,’ and nature of art, beauty, taste;
  • artistic innovations, subverting the old and stale;
  • institutional theory, describing art as it is;
  • female canvas, body art from feminist perspective;
  • Gadamer's hermeneutics and tattoos;
  • art as symbol


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Mobile Art Gallery

  • The State of Aesthetic Theory

  • The Female Fleshy Canvas: Body Art from a Feminist Perspective

  • Gadamer's Hermeneutics and Tattoos: Play, Festival, and Symbol

  • Art Cannot Change the World, but it Can Influence Those Who Will