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Reclaiming Through Tattoos

One common reason cited for getting a tattoo is to reclaim the (physical) body.  It might be a general reclaiming, or focus on a particular part of the body.  These tattoos can represent individual agency or control over the tattooed person’s “body narrative,” but also connect them to larger communities.  Examples include the use of tattoos relating to marks of self harm, previous addictions, sexual assault, surgery and cancer, trafficking and surviving war.  Specifically, these forms of tattoo are popular amongst women and LGBTQ people.

tattooimage from The Daily Mail

 

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Perfume Genius’s “Die 4 You”

In the androgynous / queer music video for “Die 4 You,” Perfume Genius uses erotic asphyxiation as a symbol of commitment and devotion.

Lyrics from genius.com:

Limit every second left
Until I’m off balance

Oh love
I’m there in spirit

Each and every breath I spend
You are collecting

Oh love
See it through
I would die 4 you

Each and every breath I spend
You are collecting
Limit every second left
‘Til I’m off balance
Each and every breath I spend

Oh my love, oh my love
Take your time
Oh my love, take your time
Oh my love, oh my love

Oh my love, oh my love
Take your time
Oh my love, take your time
See it through