Inked Lives: Tattoos, Identity, and Power

  title={Inked Lives: Tattoos, Identity, and Power},
  author={Gabriel Garcia-Merritt},
Tattoos are culturally rich forms of self-expressio n and fulfillment, and hold power for their owners, both internally and externally. The p urpose of this study is to examine the ways, and the reasons, tattoos are important Body Documents of identity, as well as their perceived role in making their wearer distinct within specific cul tural environments. I examined this dynamic through a summer of participant observation and a s erie of interviews with participants within the Phoenix, Arizona… 

Getting Inked at a Tattoo Convention: Subjectivity and Belonging within an Alternative Cultural Heterotopia¹

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“My Body is My Journal, and My Tattoos are My Story”: South African Psychology Students’ Reflections on Tattoo Practices

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Students' Perceptions of Body Art: Implications for Marketing Managers

The primary purpose of this study was to assess the extent to which attitudes among a current sample of college students regarding persons with body art may differ from those reported approximately

Cultural Code Analysis of the Integration of Pintados Design in Furniture Product Development using Semiotics and Quality Function Deployment

  • M. Paete
  • Art
    Journal of Visual Art and Design
  • 2022
This study consisted of a design research into the application of Pintados tattoo patterns in a furniture product design and used semiotic theories to explore furniture product design methods. The



A Life Told in Ink: Tattoo Narratives and the Problem of the Self in Late Modern Society

The phenomenon of tattooing became part of mainstream culture in the 1990s. The article analyses portraits that were published in Tattoo magazine, where the meanings of tattoos varied from

Tattooing the Body, Marking Culture

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Pretty in Ink: Conformity, Resistance, and Negotiation in Women's Tattooing

Since the early 1990s, Canadian women have participated in tattooing in unprecedented numbers. These women are utilizing tattoo “body projects” (C. Shilling, 1993) to communicate a wide range of

Tattoos and the interaction process: managing a tattooed identity

The practice of tattooing is something which has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years. Once something deemed worthy for only the lower-class echelons of society, tattooing is now practiced by

The Artification of Tattoo: Transformations within a Cultural Field

Theorized as a Bourdieusian field, this article examines changes inside the tattoo world resulting in the valuation of certain tattoo practices as art and some actors taking ‘fine art’ positions

Mad Artists and Tattooed Perverts: Deviant Discourse and the Social Construction of Cultural Categories

ABSTRACT American tattoo history confirms that definitions of deviancy are always in flux. Until the last two decades of the twentieth century, academics recognized tattooing as a semiotic

Revolting Bodies: The Monster Beauty of Tattooed Women

  • C. Braunberger
  • Art
    NWSA journal : a publication of the National Women's Studies Association
  • 2000
This essay will proceed through several competitive venues, from the nineteenth century to the present, where the meaning of tattoos for women, and the concomitant authority over women's bodies, has been challenged, demonstrating the ruptures that have occurred at various points of conflicts between and among these sites.

Customizing the Body: The Art and Culture of Tattooing

Originally published in 1989, this ground-breaking ethnographic exploration of tattooing and the art world surrounding it covers the history, anthropology, and sociology of body modification

Post–Bourgeois Tattoo: Reflections on Skin Writing in Late Capitalist Societies

This paper does three things. It describes the nature of tattooing from a historical and cross-cultural perspective. It argues that in the West tattooing has moved from the margins of society to the


Summary. This paper explores the archaeological evidence for the practice of facial and corporeal dyeing, painting and tattooing in the later Iron Age and early Roman period. The aim is to construct