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Pyewacket Books offers weird, rare, and important texts on a variety of themes - ranging from astrology to bondage, fine bindings to zines - with the hope of adding exciting material to existing collections as well as encouraging new collectors in new areas. Here's what's currently on offer.

Modern Primitives: An Investigation of Contemporary Adornment & Ritual

Modern Primitives: An Investigation of Contemporary Adornment & Ritual


[Vale, V.][Juno, Andrea] San Francisco: RE/Search, 1989. 4to. 205pp. 8pgs of adverts. [ii] Fine copy. Includes 5x7in colour photograph signed by Charles Gatewood.

I have tattoos. You have tattoos. We all have tattoos. And probably something pierced as well. Well, this is the book that helped launch the tattoo/body piercing - that is body modification - movement. Fully illustrated in b&w featuring photographs by Charles Gatewood and others. Includes interviews with Anton LaVey, Genesis P-Orridge (pre-Lady Jaye and the "Pandrogeny Project") and Paula P-Orridge, Fakir Musafar, Don Ed Hardy and others. Signed by both Vale - the man behind the punk rock publishing powerhouse that is RE/Search - and Gatewood, the “family photographer of America’s erotic underground.”

Also includes 5x7in colour photograph signed by Gatewood, who sadly passed away April 28, 2016.

“I’m glad too that you’re an admirer of Vale and his remarkable publishing house — he has produced an amazing series of books over the years and kept the flag of independent publishing flying during a very difficult time — the most consistently interesting publisher in America, without a doubt.” - J.G. Ballard

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