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The anthropological and ethnological references to the tattoo in mid-19th century discourse on architecture and art are curiously plenteous Among others architectural theorists and critics Gottfried Semper Owen Jones and Adolf Loos directly reference the spoils brought to Europe by the explorers of the 18th and 19th centuries each with veneration or detest for primitive decoration Historian Spyros Papapetros suggests that the plethora of bodily adornment gathered from ethnographic expeditions in European colonies around the world from Africa to South America to Asia fueled contemporaneous scholarship He writes for a moment the world appeared reunited by its ornament as if the core and substance of the universe was concentrated on its glittering surface The intriguing presence and fascination with markings upon the skin in mid-19th century theories on ornament calls into question its transfer and translation from an anthropological found object to an exemplar source for contentions on ornament The tattoo as a medium of translation from a physical body to a social presentation both within and extracted from its historical continuum is particularly germane to examine the resultant politics and psyche of architecture and its subjects The tattoo can be described tectonically that is in its expression of the relationship between structure and skin as well as historically Tectonically the tattoo occupies the liminal position within a skin or surface it is both on and of both inside and outside To tattoo is precisely to produce a skin to embed ineffaceable pigmented traces into a seemingly transparent layer it is to thicken and to structure Lodged between an interior body and an exterior environment the tattoo engages a continual process of inversion exteriorizing the interior interiorizing the exterior Its uncertain position transgresses the boundaries to which it is assigned and allows for a continuous oscillation between characterization of the interior and projection onto the exteriorAs architectural theorist Jacques Soulillou suggests ornament is the mark of socialization This word mark should be taken in
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