|Our biggest bodily organ, but only a thin skin or membrane|
The Ambiguity of Art
I thought to myself, who wants to see some dickhead give a talk about his big "look at me" back tattoo?
You might guess that I'm not a big fan of the latest craze for all over body tattoos that every Tom, DICK and Harriet seems to have these days.
|My tattoo, selling for $50,000 when they unplug me ;-)|
But people seem to slap them on their skin without any thought like it's some great T-shirt slogan that seemed cool to be wearing at the time, without thinking they might want to take it off when the novelty wears off.
But, now having read that Wim Delvoyne tattooed Tim's back in 2006 and later sold it to a German collector for $205,000 and that Tim agreed to exhibit his back up to four times a year and that the tattoo will be returned to it's rightful "owner" after his death as a macabre buy back scheme
Wim Delvoye: The art of the well-crafted taboo
I felt I missed a unique opportunity to hear this "dickhead" talk, because I was too much of a "dickhead" to listen, when I should have known there was more to this "exhibit" than meets the eye.
He ultimately moved the operation to an Art Farm in China in 2004.
The pigs have been inked with a diverse array of designs, including the trival, such as skulls and crosses, to Louis Vuitton designs, to designs dictated by the pig's anatomy.".
In an interview with ArtAsiaPacific's Paul Laster, Delvoye described the process of tattooing a live pig, "we sedate it, shave it and apply Vaseline to its skin""
The pigs get better treatment while getting tattooed than I ever did, but if you haven't had a tattoo done before I can assure you that it doesn't really hurt that much at all...and that's without a sedative.
I find it interesting that Wim is a vegetarian with no tattoos on his skin.
You can hear an interview with Wim on Australia's ABC radio by clicking on the red link below -
Interesting talk it is, too.
|The empty tequila bottle with a 'Day of the Dead' skull on it which sits on my desk|
|I would like to see Mexican 'Day of the Dead' festivities celebrated the world over|
While I don't subscribe to any religion currently on this planet, Buddhism would be the religion I would most identify myself with in terms of an evolutionary spiritual progress of the universe, or universes.
To me the body is just a cellular vehicle we are given to participate in the game of life...which can be quite a nasty little game at times...and when that game is over our consciousness moves on to the next stage of the game.
People like David Walsh and Richard Dawkins may say "pig's arse" to life after death, but tattoos like these "artworks" of Wim's are fantastic works to ponder the meaning of material life on earth and the spirituality of consciousnesses and it's complexities and the fusion of both and the possibilities and impossibilities of life and "death".
I love how the 'Day of the Dead' skull sits at the top of Tim's back, as if to be the flip-side of the coin to Tim's living breathing skull.
|Carl Jung's artwork|
|I wonder how much this guy wants for it?-)|
On the Day of the Dead, the boundaries between life and death begin to blur.
The tequila bottle on my desk was to remind me to do a post on a fantastic book I read over a year ago by Cate Kennedy, who is an Australien who went to live in a poor area of Mexico that was very rich in spiritual culture.
Maybe that post will appear soon once I can get over the writer's block that's kept that post on a perpetual "To Do" list of mine.
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