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Tattoo: study with tattooers

Grant number: 12/22217-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2013
Effective date (End): December 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal researcher:Joao Augusto Frayze-Pereira
Grantee:Richard de Oliveira
Home Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Considering that, in the contemporary world, the tattoo became common among ordinary people, but also used in artistic proposals of certain contemporary artists, we intend to conduct a field research that allows collecting information in order to contribute to the expansion of knowledge about the possible meanings of the practice of tattooing. How this practice would be perceived by the tattooers? - this is the main point of the work. Following, there are the issues that justify the study, while defining your goals: 1) within the call "emptiness era", in which can be situated the trivialization of the tattoo, how is it perceived not by users or consumers, but tattooer themselves, that is, by those who practice the act of tattooing as work? 2) from their experience, how this work is noticed, how this practice is characterized by them specifically? 3) Will it be perceived as a poetic doing, that is, as a formative-expressive-cognitive doing, such it happens in arts? 4) finally, if it is located by tattooers in the arts (next to the drawing, painting etc.), with which the tattoo could establish greater affinity relationships? 5) The field research with tattooer will be conducted using techniques of "life story" and "personal accounts" and this project also aims to train the candidate to the stock IC in the handling of these techniques. A reading of the relevant literature will accompany the study. (AU)

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