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Covered in ink : tattoos, women, and the politics of the body

Author: Beverly Yuen Thompson
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2015]
Series: Alternative criminology series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Once associated with gang members, criminals, and sailors, tattoos are now mainstream. An estimated twenty percent of all adults have at east one, and women are increasingly getting tattoos and are now more likely than men to have one. But many of the tattoos that women get are gender-appropriate: they are cute, small, and can be easily hidden. A small dolphin on the ankle, a black line on the lower back, a flower  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Beverly Yuen Thompson
ISBN: 9780814760000 0814760007 9780814789209 081478920X
OCLC Number: 893452349
Description: vii, 207 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction: becoming covered --
Sailors, criminals, and prostitutes : the history of a lingering tattoo stigma --
"I want to be covered" : heavily tattooed women challenge the dominant beauty --
Culture --
"I- mom" : family responses toward tattooed women --
"Covering" work : dress code policies, tattoos, and the law --
"Is the tattoo guy here?" : women tattoo artists? experience working in a male- --
Dominated profession --
Tattoos are not for touching : public space, stigma, and social sanctions --
Conclusion: toward a tattoo etiquette --
Notes --
Index --
About the author.
Series Title: Alternative criminology series.
Responsibility: Beverly Yuen Thompson.

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"Once associated with gang members, criminals, and sailors, tattoos are now mainstream. An estimated twenty percent of all adults have at east one, and women are increasingly getting tattoos and are now more likely than men to have one. But many of the tattoos that women get are gender-appropriate: they are cute, small, and can be easily hidden. A small dolphin on the ankle, a black line on the lower back, a flower on the hip, and a child's name on the shoulder blade are among the popular choices. But what about women who are heavily tattooed? Why would a woman get "sleeves"? And why do some collect larger-scale tattoos on publicly visible skin, of imagery not typically considered feminine or cute, like skulls, zombies, snakes, or dragons? Drawing on five years of ethnographic research and interviews with more than seventy heavily tattoed women, 'Covered in Ink' provides insight into the increasingly visible subculture of tattoed women. Author Beverly Yuen Thompson spent time in tattoo parlors and at tattoo conventions in order to further understand women's love of ink and their imagery choices as well as their struggle with gender norms, employment discrimination, and family rejection. Still, many of these women feel empowered by their tattoes and believe they are creating a space for self-expression that also presents a positive body image. 'Covered in Ink' investigates this complicated subculture and finds out the many meanings of the love of ink"--Page 4 of cover.

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