Customizing the Body: The Art and Culture of Tattooing

Customizing the Body: The Art and Culture of Tattooing (English, Paperback, Clinton Sanders, D Angus Vail)


Customizing the Body: The Art and Culture of Tattooing  (English, Paperback, Clinton Sanders, D Angus Vail)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Temple University Press,u.s.
  • ISBN: 9781592138883, 1592138888
  • Edition: REV EXP 2nd Edition, 2008
  • Pages: 288
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.
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  • 2008
  • Clinton Sanders, D Angus Vail
  • 8.19
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