There's a glyph for the breath of a dragon behind his right ear. His back is elaborately adorned with a dense Polynesian tattoo. His feet are covered with stylized Maori bats, and the image of a holstered handgun is inked on his calf. He's got some pretty hefty rings in the piercings that center the five-pointed stars around his nipples. He's also got man-made holes in his nose and lip and penis and ears. If, as scholar Victoria Ebin once suggested, "every group of people recognizes a particular set of symbols, adherence to which is implicit in the definition of their own society," then the glossary of markings on Brian Murphy's body define him as the embodiment of... More >>>
By photo: Sylvia Plachy
Brian Murphy: His flesh seems less adorned than illuminated, less ornamented than inscribed with an explanatory text.