With 100 new photos (including Janis Joplin, Natasha Kai, and Margaret Cho) additional historical information, and a chapter on tattooing trends in the new millennium, the updated Bodies is virtually a new book. Of interest: new applications such as therapeutic tattoos used for women coming out of gangs, prisons, and situations of domestic abuse; the impact of reality shows on the industry; passages on a heavily tattooed Lutheran pastor, a performance artist covered with holocaust imagery, new artists from Virginia Elwood to cover artist Roxx, and Shelley Jackson’s “Skin” project.
Since it was first edition published in 1997, Bodies of Subversion has been adopted in college courses has become a well-thumbed resource in tattoo shops internationally.
“Lucid and Engaging. The Blue Tattoo contextualizes Olive Oatman’s life by delving into Mohave culture and history…and by explaining why her story captured the American popular imagination…”
– Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola
Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo (Powerhouse Books, 1997, 2001)>
order nowChronicles the history of women and tattoo in Western society from the early 1880s to the present.“In this provocative work full of intriguing female characters from tattoo history, Margot Mifflin makes a persuasive case for the tattooed woman as an emblem of female self-expression.”
– Susan Faludi“…Essential reading for anyone interested in the subject.”
– Ed Hardy“…Insightfully chronicles the saga of skin as signage…”
– Barbara Kruger