Art and pornography

Many art historians, art critics, and philosophers of art have argued, or sometimes just assumed, that art and pornography are fundamentally unrelated.

The distinction between erotic art and pornography is  broadly faced off but rarely once in a while settled upon.

Pornography is additionally regularly portrayed as a foe of inventive action. George Steiner, for instance, accuses pornographers of doing our imagining for us and hence demonstrating no appreciation for the group of onlookers (1975: 210). While a poet(or painter) will invite the consciousness of the reader (or spectator/observer) to collaborate with her own in what is basically a joint creative effort, the pornographer treats her audience as mere consumers whose imaginative means are set at nil. Indeed, the fact that we speak of consuming pornography and of appreciating art indicates that there is a fundamental difference in how we are meant to engage with both kinds of representation. The term ‘consumer’ suggests that there is less of an intellectually rewarding effort involved. It also fits with the common view of pornography as having nothing but instrumental value. Unlike artwork of art, which is thought to be intrinsically valuable, a pornographic film or photograph is simply used to satisfy a need or gratify a desire; and when it has fulfilled that purpose, that is,when the product has been consumed, it is no longer of any interest.

According to Mobile Porn Tube  A third and related complaint is that pornographic films, photographs, and stories are mass-produced commodities products of what is aptly termed ‘the porn industry’ on the other hand A work of art, by contrast, is not an industrial product but a unique creation, carefully crafted and skilfully made.

Porn Tube For Mobile suggests that it was not the porn industry that cause unhappiness, but the implication of porn in people’s minds. Pornography itself could have the potential to move beyond being symbolic of violence and female oppression, as we see in the relatively new genre of  ‘female-friendly’ porn being produced today. Likewise if art is to reflect the experience of the artist, and also be, for many, an act of self-expression, then sex as subject matter for art should not be disregarded or censored.

Following photos are the examples which represents porn artworks :

The Doll 1936, reconstructed 1965 Hans Bellmer 1902-1975 Purchased 1969

Hans Bellmer
The Doll reconstructed  1936/1965
Painted aluminium on brass base
object: 635 x 307 x 305 mm
Purchased 1969© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

1976-7 Allen Jones born 1937 Purchased
1976-7 Allen Jones born 1937 Purchased

Art acts as a mirror to the culture of its time. As our attitude towards sex becomes more inclusive, art continues to include sex in its canon with increasing, although tentative, acceptance. Where James Joyce saw his novel Ulysses 1922, banned for 10 years due to ‘explicit’ passages, and Egon Schiele served jail time for producing erotic drawings; we now see sex becoming a relevant and provocative conversation within contemporary art.

Marlene Dumas, Fingers 1999, 1999
Marlene Dumas, Fingers 1999, 1999



Robert Mapplethorpe, Cock and Devil 1982, printed 1990

Overcoming the artist’s block

Paralyzing Effect

Artists are some of the most temperamental individuals. They can be inspired one moment, and the next they’ll be in a bland, unproductive mood. Most would attest to the fact that their moods greatly affect the quality and quantity of work they produce, and in order to come up with a masterpiece they would need to be in a certain disposition that inspires creativity. When this mood setting escapes them, the artist would admit to facing an artist’s block, a point when no inspiration seems to come to help them create, much like a paralysis to their skill. For budding artists who often face this dilemma, how should this artist’s block be confronted, and how can it be overcome?

Here are some ways to effectively conquer the artist’s block.

  1. Inspire yourself with memories of past experiences, victories and achievements.

Thinking about your favorite childhood memories, places you’ve traveled that you would always want to go back to, life events that have brought you pride and joy – these are sure catalysts for creativity. Artists often draw inspiration from experiences that have left deep marks in their life, and relieving memories often produce new ideas that translate into tangible works of art

  1. Review your past works.

Take time to sit down and go over your previous works; doing this will often evoke memories of ideas that once flashed through your mind as you were creating them. Some of your works may present new ideas or interpretation that you can pursue to come up with something totally fresh and appealing. Most of the time, the ideas are just there, buried underneath all your previous pieces.

  1. Work on multiple pieces at the same time.

For some, multi-tasking is a hindrance to creativity, but for others, it is a powerful motivation. Start on a project while you are waiting for that one piece to dry, for example. Working on several projects at the same time gives your mind a needed break to refresh and refocus before continuing on the piece before you. Sometimes, while you are intently working on one project, that’s when a new idea for improvement on the other one will come to you. Working on multiple projects can expand your mind’s openness to new ideas.

  1. Study other people’s work.

One of the most effective ways to overcome artist’s block is to look at creations of fellow artists. This stimulates your brain to process new ways of expressing creativity. Visit art galleries and soak up on the talent showcased before you. Looking at exquisite works of art is like breathing in fresh air, it revitalizes you and gives you new energy and ideas to work with.

  1. Learn new techniques, skills or methods.

Sometimes you don’t necessarily need a new idea to work with, but a new way of doing things. If you are into painting, brush up on your skills by learning how to paint with a medium you have not tried before. Enroll in a short term course to improve your existing skills. Learn to think outside of the box and see your creativity start to flow from there.

Determination is Key.

A truly skilled artist will always encounter difficulties in translating his ideas into tangible works of art. But no matter the difficulties, the true genius will always find the drive and determination to overcome them and let his works come to life. Artist’s block will be a perennial thorn in the flesh to the artist, but the one who has truly mastered his craft will know better to not let this thorn be a hindrance, but rather a motivation to constantly seek to improve his craft.

Choosing Your Tattoo Artist

Tattooing is an art that involves inserting ink into the skin’s dermis layer to form a design that is permanently embedded on the skin. Since this process is permanent in nature and often placed in a part of the body where it can be visible, choosing the artist to do it for you is a crucial decision.

Most tattoo artists will claim to be skilled and professional, but only their work will prove the truth of their claims. Since a tattoo is something that is easy to get but not to undo, it really is very hard to choose a tried and tested tattoo artist to work on giving you your dream tattoo at a cost that is also not too easy on the budget. You want to be 100% sure that they are talented and skillful enough because this is the only way to get the perfectly executed tattoo.

To be able to tell if a tattoo artist is a real pro or just a rookie pretending to be a pro, you must do your homework before blindly walking into a tattoo artist’s studio.

unique tattoo

Research, research, research.

You can never be too careful and obsessive about researching about the possible tattoo artist to work on your design. Remember that you want to get value for money and don’t want to have any regrets. Research on the artists that you know and make sure you get a lot of feedback to base your decision on. If you have any friends who are inked, ask for their experiences regarding an artist. Was he professional in performing his service? Is his studio clean and his tools hygienic? Would they go back to him for another tattoo? These are some questions you might ask them, and you should be receiving positive reviews if you want to consider an artist to work on your skin. If you don’t personally know anyone who had themselves inked, try the internet. A reputable artist should have at least a website or Facebook page to advertise his craft. Look for feedback from previous customers. If the positive feedbacks are abounding and the negative ones are little to nonexistent, take note of that artist and consider their services.

Be On the Lookout

Check out their portfolio. A portfolio is a compilation of their completed jobs in the past. It would show you how simple or complex their designs were, if they were able to execute them with accuracy, if the designs are varied and well, pleasing to the eyes. When looking at their portfolio, consider the following:

Portfolio presentation. Is it clean and well kept? Obviously you will want to be sure the artist observes personal cleanliness as well. Are the pictures clear and the designs visible enough? How the portfolio is presented speaks a lot about the artist himself. A professionally made portfolio tells you that the artist cares about his craft and is proud of the works that he has done, as evidenced by the photos in his book.

Design gallery. Are the designs appealing? If you were to choose from them, would you be able to pick several that you definitely want inked on you? While what is appealing to you might be uninteresting to others, it all depends on personal taste. The important thing is, would you sport this artist’s designs? Also, are the designs executed beautifully, without visible flaws and juxtaposed on the ideal position? These designs should be able to tell a rookie from an experienced tattoo artist.

Clientele. From the artist’s portfolio, can you tell that he has had a reputable number of clients, who should be able to give some feedback on their work. Check out a few of his clients and see whether you can ask about their experience with the artist you are interested in. Nothing beats client feedback when it comes to something as drastic as getting inked.

Making the Right Choice

While it is always the risk-taker who will want to get himself inked, it is still best to be careful and thoughtful in deciding where to get your ink done. A professional artist will always be the better choice over a rookie one, even if they charge a bit more if you are sure to get your money’s worth with an experienced tattoo artist, then it definitely is worth the extra charge.