the civilizing of resistance: straightedge tattooing

  title={the civilizing of resistance: straightedge tattooing},
  author={Michael Atkinson},
  • Michael Atkinson
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • The social lifestyle "Straightedge" is a response to the hedonistic bodily indulgences (e.g., substance abuse, promiscuity) of many North Americans. Practitioners emphasize self-restraint and bodily purity as a "deviant" alternative to these practices. Like other socially labelled outsiders, Straightedgers include tattooing in their lexicon of body modification activities. Resultantly, Straightedge tattoos have become signifiers of the group's underlying philosophies of social resistance toward… CONTINUE READING

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