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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; 2nd Revised edition edition (12 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852426772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852426774
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 0.8 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,898,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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?Keep it on your coffee table? Cosmospolitan ?Starkly beautiful alongside ominously outrageous, the photos in The Customized Body make you pause on every page; whether you like what you see or not; because you have to look? Alabama Forum ?An utterly stunning book of mesmerising pictures and lucid, informative text - the cutting edge of contemporary art Fetish Times

About the Author

Ted Polhemus is a journalist and photographer. He is a widely-used consultant on youth marketing and style trends and is the author of Bodystyles, Streetstyle, Fashion & Anti-Fashion and Popstyles.

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The Customised Body deals with the subject of body modification in a non confrontational and sypmathetic manner. The subjects are allowed a forum to prove their lifestyle is simply an informed choice and not a rebellion. The photographs are beautiful portraits of beautiful people outside the realms of "normal" society. The book also deals with the historical aspects of body modification, from African neck streching to Maori tattooing. This aspect of the book has been deeply researched and very well put together. The Customised Body Deals with each subject chapter by chapter from tattooing and piercing to masks and shoes, make up and hair. In a world where "freaks" are ridiculed and put on show, it is a welcome change when the differences which make us human are celebrated instead of surpressed.
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By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2004
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As the last review of this book, I have to give it an amazing rating. I am interested in body art and the "outcast society" but this book is fascinating. I sometimes consider myself a bit extreme, but this book brings me back to reality as I see people who do things out of the ordinary every day. These pictures are black and white (in a brown fashion..im sure you know what I mean?!) The pictures are beautifully taken and illustrated, and people have left their own comments on how they feel about themselves and the impact they have on society. I think this book is a must for anyone who is vaguely interested in art and people who arent afraid to go to the extremes.
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As a keen photographer and body art enthusiast, I bought this book mainly for the pictures. I wasnt disappointed. The pictures are beautifully posed, in black and white/monochrome,featuring all sort of piercings and a range of tattoos. Next to the pictures are small paragraphs from the people in the pictures, explaining why they had their modifications. If you want a reference book its probably not your thing, as the text isnt particulaly informative, but from an art perspective, highly recommended.
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If your looking for a book for tattoo ideas or a great delve into the history of the practice of body art then this is the wrong book for you !
It's a bit dated, nice pics and a lot of nudity so not to be left around for the kids lol ,
basically photos of piercing and tattoos but not great ones .
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best... 7 July 1999
By Will Errickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...of many recent books on body modification and the attendant culture. Probably the best follow-up to "RE/Search 12: Modern Primitives" in its respectful and knowledgeable approach. Exquisite black and white photos of beautifully adorned men and women, revealing themselves in every way: their desire for freedom and transformation, their sometimes troubled histories, their quest for new identities or for exploring their old ones. I used to work in an independent bookstore whose owner would get upset with me when I stocked books like this. Let some people live in a world of banality and the everyday; the rest, rejoice!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Human pinstriping, wallpaper and remodelling 2 Jan. 2003
By Raye Schwarz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A fantastic collaboration between Ted Polhemus (frequent contributor to the UK publication bodyart) and Housk Randall (photographer extraordinaire). What do you define as body art? This book covers tattooing, piercing, scarification, branding, hair dressing (head and pubic) and shaving, finger and toe nails, body building, plastic surgery and gender identity. The catalog is extensive but still retains a warm, intimate feeling. The portraits are sepia tone, showing many variations on what it is to be individual.
Good for the beginner as this volume will provide an excellent overview of body art. Valuable for the collector due to the quality of the portraits and breadth of body art depicted, supported by the personal and intelligent commentary.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of pictures, a mixture of personal opinions and facts 23 July 2001
By Sheena Estel Galpin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It contains mainly information on bodypainting, tattooing, scarification, bodypiercing, gender transformation, masks and other forms of appearance manipulation. it has big clear pictures and personal comments from each person photographed. It's a very nice book to look through it doesnt have a large focus on writing as I wanted. It includes a mixture of personal opinion and actual facts. My main reason in buying the book was because I am interested in body piercing and I was disapointed that that only 12 pages were specifically focused on the subject. It does not give the "why you should not do it" lecture but looks at it in an anthropological view point. Looks at at reasons why people do it, how they feel when pierced and the non western tribes, eg Amazon. I find it disapointing that All pictures are in black and white. I was also disapointed that a lot of the book contains material on costumes, different hair and shoe styles which do not interest me at all. Even so for a person who is interested in them I would think that it is a book that they would enjoy.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Apprentice Body Mods look here. 26 Nov. 2001
By Claudia black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a nice edition to anyones coffee table if your into tattoo's, piercing, masks and boots etc.If you're a novice stepping into this world for the first time then this would be a good starting point. Every section of photo's has an introduction explaining histories and psychologies on the subject.Each model gives a brief description of themselves and why they are into what they do and the rest is left up to the voyeur (reader).Once you have looked at this then you will want to look at more. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthropological look at custom body from makeup to piercing. 21 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed the anthroplogical perspective of this book. There are chapters on tatooing, piercing, body painting, weight lifting, cosmetic surgery... All ways to customize what God (or your genes) gave you. Very readable and full of corresponding photos.
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