Tattooing the Body, Marking Culture

@article{Fisher2002TattooingTB,
  title={Tattooing the Body, Marking Culture},
  author={Jill A. Fisher},
  journal={Body \& Society},
  year={2002},
  volume={8},
  pages={107 - 91}
}
  • J. Fisher
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • Art
  • Body & Society
This article examines the complex relationship between power and the physical and social practices of tattooing in contemporary United States. Briefly tracing the history of tattooing from ancient Greece to contemporary America, I highlight the temporal and geographical changes in the practices and perceptions of tattooing. In addition to creating a historical narrative, I situate the sociocultural practice of tattooing the body for the tattooist and the `tattooee'. This investigation into body… 

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