We’re all individuals

Posted by on Apr 4, 2007 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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Was thinking about tattoos today as I wandered through Camden. Not an expert on the psychology of tattooing and bodymarking but my own encounters with those who do have themselves indelibly marked this way suggests that while they talk openly of how it gives a real sense of their individualism (and a dramatic one at that), they are curiously subject to the tattooing styles of those around them.

In other words, like the crowd in The Life of Brian who shout, “We’re all individuals”. IN UNISON

The beautiful ongoing photographic project (see above sample) by photographer Ari Versluis and stylist Ellie Uyttenbroek called Exactitudes shows this perfectly. Different individuals, shot in different parts of the world, are curiously identical in their most extreme attempt to be see as an indvidual….

2 Comments

  1. Asi
    April 5, 2007

    Sociality and individuality are the 2 sides of the same coin.
    you simply cannot claim or exercise your individuality without referring, consciously or not to the collectivity you depart from…
    happy easter
    A.

  2. Mark Earls
    April 5, 2007

    Got to say I think that’s only half the story.
    What I’m interested in is the illusion of individuality and the power it has in our culture and the importance it continues to have in our not-so-great-anymore accounts of human behaviour that shape our attempts to describe and behave human nature.
    Thanks for the thought Asi