Ink, Icons, Identity
Exploring U2's brand through fan tattoos
August 15, 2016
- August 26, 2016
“Ink, Icons, Identity: Exploring U2’s Brand Through Fan Tattoos” is a unique multimedia exhibit that examines the intersection of personal identity and brand identity through the tattooed fans of Irish rock band U2. It showcases bodily markings in the context of related U2 artifacts; presents the compelling personal stories behind the tattooed logos, symbols and lyrics; and explores the dynamic relationship between fan and band as U2’s visual identity passes into the hands and onto the bodies of fans.
Curated by Beth Nabi, assistant professor of graphic design and digital media at UNF, the exhibit displays the research of the U2 Tattoo Project, an ongoing international curation and study of U2-related tattoos that traveled last year to 19 U2 concerts in three countries to document fan tattoos.
Friday, August 19,
Temples and Toilet Walls: Exploring the Art and Anthropology of Fan
Lecture by Chris LeClere, co-creator of the Tattoo Project; instructor of
anthropology, Flagler College; PhD candidate, The University of Florida
Thursday, August 25, 6–8 p.m.
Ink, Icons, Identity: Exploring U2’s Brand Through Fan Tattoos
Lecture by Beth Nabi, co-creator of the Tattoo Project; assistant professor,
Graphic Design + Digital Media, UNF
August 26, 6–8 p.m.
FANtasy Islands: Participatory Audiences and the Contested Market of Ideas
Lecture by Dr. Linda Howell, Director, UNF Writing Program and Center