[-empyre-] translation of Sabela's text

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 21 00:05:04 EST 2012

The actual extended practice of the tattoing has their roots of the
emergency of the urban tribes, associated with the movements around rock
music and punk in the 70:s and 80:s.

A selfinflicted sign of identity, traditionally the different uses of
tattoin has been linked with rites de passage, initiation rites, belonging,
hierachies or stigmatization. In this forum I shared the experience of the
MAPI Museum, to try of expose the link between these practices and the
bodypainting of differen indigenous communities, both actual as old and
other kind of intervention showable in faces and bodies, very similar to
our time’s piercings, pendants and more aggresive interventions implicating
deformating and appendixes.

The incorporation of different tendences in the clothing, hair,
facepainting and ”attitude” of the urban tribes show a disconformity
regarding the mainstream conventions of uses and fashion. This
disconformity walk around the streets; their shelter is the appereance, it
gives the implicite etablishing of collectives which interchange don’t seem
have other meaning than the gests and models of behaviour tending to
accentuate the difference with the rest of people. These colletives impose
upon the urban landscape a kind of movement in different times.

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