Alien Anthropology

Tattoos and the Masks Within

Tattoos are a clear indication that all symbols, all representation and all meaning is not merely (or literally) inscribed upon our bodies and in our symbolic narratives.  All meaning and symbolic representation warps our cultural space back onto itself; it is recursively twisted and bound back upon and through itself.  All representation seeks the continuing self-propagation of representation itself; regardless that this is all potentially empty and without ultimate substance, significance or meaning beyond this diminutive little world we all inhabit.  The real tattoos are those adaptive masks of an aquired cognitive and cultural grammar that we wear within our minds and as the unacknowledged – perhaps indefinable – logic of compulsive, reflexive symbolic and biological or algorithmic self-replication.

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