Customizing the Body : The Art and Culture of Tattooing

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-28
  • Publisher: Temple Univ Pr
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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 practices; the occupational experience of the tattooist; the process and social consequences of becoming a tattooed person; and the prospects of "serious" tattooing becoming an accepted art form. Curiously, despite the greater prevalence of tattoos and body modification in today's society, there is still a stigma of deviance associated with people who get or ink tattoos.Retaining the core of the original book, this revised and expanded edition offers a new preface by the author and a new chapter focusing on the changes that have occurred in the tattoo world. A section on the new scholarly literature that has emerged, as well as the new modes of body modification that have come into vogue, are included along with a new gallery of photographs that show some splendid examples of contemporary tattoo art. A directory of artists' websites invites readers to discover the range of work being done around the world from "suits" (full body tattoos) to skulls.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised and Expanded Editionp. vii
Preface to the First Editionp. xxi
Introduction: Body Alteration, Artistic Production, and the Social World of Tattooingp. 1
Becoming and Being a Tattooed Personp. 36
The Tattooist: Tattooing as a Career and an Occupationp. 62
The Tattoo Relationship: Risk and Social Control in the Studiop. 117
Conclusion: Tattooing and the Social Definition of Artp. 149
Epilogue 2008: Body Modification Then and Nowp. 164
Methodological Appendixp. 189
Selected Tattoo Artist Websitesp. 203
Notesp. 205
Referencesp. 221
Indexp. 239
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