A selection of hues from the skin of my left forearm. The next time I have to check a race box on some form, I’m gonna tick “other” and write in “aubergine.”
UPDATE: I realize that this post may need a bit more explanation. Here is how I got these swatches. I took a photo of my arm with my iPhone, and put it in Photoshop, and moved the little eyedropper around. I got a buttload of different CMYK values, many of which I suspect I have in common with most everyone else on the planet (as someone said in the comments, alluding to the purple swatch, yeah, if you mean the planet Obstreperon).
I did this in response to a comment suggesting that skin color/ethnicity can be objectively determined (as opposed to, say “whiteness,” which a construct). My point — not breathtakingly original, perhaps, but a point nevertheless — is that a person’s actual measurable skin color is not necessarily always what one would expect based on the ethnicity with which that person is identified. Also, ethnicity is totally a construct.
Here is the original photo, and yeah, it looks like maybe the white balance is skewed a wee bit toward the blue end of the spectrum. Also, I should maybe have rinsed the hay particles out of my arm hair before taking the picture. The purple swatch came from a freckle, not from the shadowy part of the photo.