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Published on Mar 7, 2007
"The Papuans slaughter their enemies and eat them. They are not criminals. If, however, a man of this century slaughters and eats someone he is a criminal or a degenerate . . . The Papuans tattoo their skin, their boats, their oars, in short everything within reach. They are not criminals. But the man of this century who tattoos himself is a criminal or degenerate . . . The urge to ornament one's face and everything within reach is the very origin of visual arts. It is the babbling of painting. And art is erotic."
--Adolf Loos as quoted in E.H. Gombrich's "The Sense of Order"
The filmmaker contemplates his youth, the impending doom of middle-age, and the absurdity of permanence. A film about getting tattoos and getting tattoos removed.
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