A book by Rufus Camphausen was published in 1997, with a sub header: A celebration of body adornment. Itis a book who made attempts to look at all types of body adornment from tribal to urban, from piercing to body painting, from scarification to tattoos, and from genital mutilation to structural modifications of the ears, legs & neck.
The book has a moderate amount of written content, a mix of informative chapters and detailed photo captions. It talked about the great variety of practices, aiming at adorning, beautifying, or even modifying the human body are the most ancient and most direct expression of human creativity, known and practiced all over the globe and at all times.
One of the features that makes this such a good reference is the breadth of pictures and notes on scarification. There are many detailed pictures showing different types of African scarification, with notes on which tribes are wearing the designs and for what purposes that culture practices scarification.
Return Of The Tribal is a book that delves into body adornment cross-culturally and throughout history. The book is relatively short, but is packed with great photos and content. It doesn’t talk about body art in a superficial stand point but considers it as an art with a very ancient history.
“A veritable travelogue through the geography of human imagination. Camphausen proves convincingly that today’s body modification trend is more like a revival than a fad.”