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STATE OF THE ART

The Skin Futures Market

BY Chin-Chin Yap

WIM DELVOYE at work tattooing Tim Steiner’s lower back.

Tim Steiner is a 31-year-old Swiss citizen and the lead singer of the electronic music band The Passive Resistance. He spends part of the year teaching art to war orphans in East Timor. For the past two years, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye has tattooed Steiner’s back, beginning with a six-week, live tattooing event in the 2006 group show “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” at Delvoye’s Zurich gallery, de Pury & Luxembourg. In the near future,

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