Th’Inking Philosophically: A Conversation with Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray

Albert Camus said that revolt gives life its value. Isn’t tattooing the mortal flesh precisely a revolt against death and the absurdity of an indifferent universe? What is the connection between tattoos and philosophy?

Dr. Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray teaches philosophy, women’s studies, and a variety of courses for the social justice and peace studies program at King’s University College (affiliated with Western University in London, ON). She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Camus Studies, president of The North American Society For Early Phenomenology (NASEP), and a board of directors member for the Center for Tattoo History and Culture. Her research ranges over a number of fields, but especially early phenomenology and aesthetics. She’s one of a rather small number of philosophers who have written on body art.


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Books with contributions from Kimberly :

51CukOPIMOL._SX475_BO1,204,203,200_The World Atlas of Tattoo 51s6ejn21+LTattoos – Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am


THINGS & INK, An independent tattoo magazine founded and edited by Alice Snape. Kimberly has been the magazine’s resident philosophy writer since its inception.

Center for Tattoo History and Culture, A group of scholars and tattoo enthusiasts founded by Dr. Anna Felicity Friedman. Kimberly is one of the original board members.


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