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Tattooers, tattooed: body, art and aesthetic experience in the urban tattoo field

Grant number: 17/10135-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2017
Effective date (End): February 28, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal researcher:Arley Andriolo
Grantee:Richard de Oliveira
Home Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This project´s objective is to research the urban tattoo as an artistic phenomenon. First, we briefly present the prominent place of the body in contemporary society, passing through the various domains where the body is an invested space and a privileged theme of reflection. Next, we present a brief introduction to the topic of urban tattooing, in order to circumscribe our research object. In face of the breathtaking dissemination of the practice of tattooing and the prominence of this phenomenon in researches in several areas of knowledge, we present and justify a proposal to investigate the tattoo as aesthetic phenomenon and artistic activity from the ontological point of view and from the point of view of current practice elements. According to a psychosocial approach, we will do an investigation from the perspective of the tattoo artists, taken as artists and workers, and through the methodological combination of ethnography and oral testimony. The results will be explored theoretically in the interface between Social Psychology, Aesthetics, History and Sociology of Art, field that we named Social Psychology of Art. This doctoral project is a proposal to expand a preliminary research, whose initial reflections require further study. This research project is part of the line of research Methodology based on images in social psychology: Research through aesthetic experience in the environment-image-body relationship, in the Laboratory of Studies in Psychology of Art (LAPA-IPUSP), in partnership With FAPESP (Processo FAPESP 2016 / 20164-6). (AU)

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