Thursday, October 18, 2007

Three Inches Black

The strangest of the seemingly endless list of iPhone accessories are the new Phone Fingers, available from, ah, Why get fingerprints all over your expensive new toy when you can wear these attractive rubber things on your hands. It would appear to be a joke, but links take you to functioning payment options pretty quickly.

They remind me of the 1997 Douglas Gordon work “Three Inches (Black)” which is comprised of 11 color photographs of a tattoed black index finger. The work was derived from a story Gordon heard as a youth that weapons longer than three inches – the length deemed possible to penetrate a vital organ during a stabbing – were banned by Glasgow police during a crackdown on gang violence. In an accompanying text Gordon notes that the length is the distance necessary to penetrate the heart.

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