Written by: Jamie Bernanke
Directed by: Kevin Bacher
Narrated by: Michael McGlone
Released by: Wellspring
Anamorphic: N/A, appears in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Rent It. If squeamish, avoid it.
Throughout his history, Man has employed many methods to change his appearance. From simply applying pigments on the face and uncomplicated piercing of the ears to complex tattoos and cosmetic surgeries, the methods are as various as the reasons we have to perform these acts of alteration. Body Art gives a survey of the how and why of body modification.
The major focus of this piece is tattooing. Its history goes from Polynesian tribesmen to American sailors to today’s mainstream. Even as tattooing has gone mainstream, there is still a sense of rebelling by getting one (Even in New York City, tattooing was just made legal in 1996). Japanese men who have received ‘irezumi’, a colorful, intricate, full body tattoo, can cause discrimination and loss of status. But wanting to be outside of the society is not the only reason people get tattoos. The motivations run the gambit from detailing family history to protection against evil to impressing chicks.
Body Art doesn’t go into a lot of detail on the various subjects it covers. Some special features on the disc could have helped this, but they’re none to speak of. This disc does give you a taste of an interesting topic, but it leaves you wanting. And no one likes leaving the table hungry.