23 issues, 48 pp. each, comprising a complete run of the British body modification magazine, published irregularly under the editorial direction of Henry Ferguson, with features on various aspects of body art including tattoos, piercing, branding, scarification, implants, and surgical modifications but also nonpermanent forms such as painting, hairdressing and jewelry, with recurring columns on non-Western traditions and social anthropology as well as reporting on relevant current events, book reviews, and advertisements, richly illus. throughout incl. extensive photo essays, many in color. 4to. Color illus. self-wrpps. Wembley, Middlesex (Publications, Ltd.) 1987-1996.
With contributions by or interviews with premier tattoo artists, body modification experts, and anthropologists, including Lal Hardy, Lynn Porter, Ted Polhemus, Chris Wroblewski, Dick Taylor, et al., Body Art added a certain thoughtfulness to an eroticized genre widely understood as a fetish subculture but which was gaining traction in the underground arts scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s and in the academy with studies of the "semiotics of clothing and body decoration". Vivid color photographs present remarkable examples of artistic and technical innovations. As of August 2018, WorldCat only lists 22 issues; a complete run with 23 issues is very scarce. Book ID: 47804