Bodies of Subversion 3 in the news:

“Bodies of Subversion,” Boing Boing, May 15, 2015.

(review) Top Pick: “Bodies of Subversion,” a History Of Women Subverting Cultural Norms via Tattoos, (The) Absolute, March 20, 2014.

“La Serpiente Tatuada de la Madre de  Churchill,” El Pais  (Madrid) Sep. 18, 2014.

“Donne e tattoo: un tabù duro a morire,” DBeauty/La Repubblica, April 1, 2014.

“The Art and Power of Women’s Tattoos,” CUNY Book Beat, March 24, 2014.

“Il corpo è mio e lo coloro come voglio io,” La Stampa (Turin), March 11, 2014.

“Women’s Ink,” Inked Magazine,  March 3, 2014.

“Interview: Marisa Kakoulas and Margot Mifflin on Tattooing in the New Millennium,” Cool Hunting,  March 3, 2014.

Margot Mifflin and Stephanie Tamez on Katie Couric’s show, “Why Women Are Getting More Tattoos.” aired Feb. 24, 2014.

The Tattooed Ladies,” CUNY Matters, Fall 2013.

“Painted Ladies” by Anna Britten, Simple Things Magazine, September 2013.

Tattoo Extreme (Thailand/Asia), August 2013.

(review) “Our Bodies, Our Ink: ‘Bodies of Subversion’ Explores Women with Tattoos” by Dwight Garner, The New York Times, July 3, 2013. (reprinted in the International Herald Tribune July 9, 2013 and The South China Morning Post July 14, 2013).

(review), July 14, 2013.

“Tattoo Education: Bodies of Subversion,” Skin Deep, April, 2013.

(review) “The Colorful, Subversive History of Women With Tattoos,” by Steven Heller, The Atlantic, April 4, 2013.

“Women and Tattoos Throughout History” by Monica Bielanko,, April 1, 2013.

“AHA Advocate Talk: Margot Mifflin,” Awareness, Harmony, Acceptance Advocates (Ball State University “Breaking the Prejudice” Project).

“The Body As Battlefield,” Stern (Germany), March 15, 2013.

(review) “Tattoo Book Draws on Women,” North Adams Transcript, March 8, 2013.

Magazine (Occidental College), “Bookshelf,” spring 2013.

Interview on “NightHawk” with Geoff Currier, CJOB, Winnipeg. Feb 15, 10:00.

“Tattoos–A Secret History of Female Body Art,” article/slideshow: Channel 4 (UK); video, Feb. 1, 2013.

“Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo,” Needles and Sins, Feb 1., 2013.

(review) “It’s Not  A Man’s World” by Jessica Dolese, Inked Magazine, February, 2013.

“The Girl With the First Tattoo,” Grazia Magazine (UK) Feb. 2013.

“Tattoos’ Impressions in Print and Film” by Eve Kahn, The New York Times, Jan. 31 2013.

“A Fascinating History of Women with Tattoos,” The Daily Mail UK, Jan. 31, 2013.

“From Kat Von D to Lena Dunham: An Amazing History of Women and Tattoos, Flavorpill, Jan 29, 2013.

Late Night Live with Phillip Adams (ABC Australia), Jan. 29, 2013.

“The Girl With the First Tattoo,” Yahoo Daily Life (UK and Ireland), Jan 20, 2013.

“A Secret History of Women and Tattoo,” The New Yorker (Photobooth), January 16, 2013.

“Not Oprah’s Book Club: Bodies of Subversion,” Feministing, January 18, 2013.

“The History of Tattooed Ladies Gets Expanded,” Bust Magazine, Jan 8 2013.

“Preview Margot Mifflin’s Updated History Of Tattooed Women and Tattoo,” Papermag, October 17, 2012

“First Look: Bodies of Subversion:A Secret History of Women and Tattoo,” New York Magazine’s The Cut blog, Jan. 7, 2013.

“Local Pages:  A Secret History of Women and Tattoo by Ali Jackson-Jolley, Tattytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch, March 21, 2013.

On blogs: Fashion Installation, Clutter, Urban Outfitters, Street Thing, Staf, Lovelyish, The John Seven Collection,,  The Lilith Blog,  The Hope Blog

 Lectures/Signings/Panels: Bodies of Subversion 3:

“Academic Ink” at Florida Atlantic University March 28, 2014. Keynote address: “Art, Sex, and Power: A Short History of Women and Tattoo.”

“Women’s Ink: Tattooing in the New Millennium” at Powerhouse Arena, New York, with author Marisa Kakoulas and tattooists Roxx, Stephanie Tamez, and Virginia Elwood. March 6, 2014.

Rizzoli Books, Saturday, Sep. 28, 2013.

Ford Hall Forum, Boston, May 9, 2013. Panel discussion, “Hell in a Hand Basket: The Decline of Taboos,” with Melissa Mohr, author of Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing, and Bill Downing, President of the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition.

“Art, Sex and Power: Tattooed Women Today.” The Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, April 13, 2013, with Marisa Kakoulas of Needles and See the video.

Skylight Books slideshow/signing for Bodies of Subversion 3, Los Angeles, March 29, 2013.

Charles Jensvold Memorial Lecture: Art Sex and Symbol: The Politics of Tattooed Women. Occidental College, Los Angeles, March 28, 2013.

“Bodies of Subversion 3” at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, March 21, 2013. Lougheed Library.

Panelist: Bluestockings Bookstore, March 20, 7 pm. Panel on women tattooists with artists Amanda Wachob and Minka Sicklinger.

The Blue Tattoo–Awards:
2010 Finalist: The Caroline Bancroft Prize (best 2009 book on the history of the trans-Mississippi west).

The Best of the Best from the University Presses (2010 American Library Association Annual Conference).

Selected as a 2009 Book of the Year by The Kansas City Star, The Anchorage Daily News, The Idaho Statesman, The Sacramento Bee, The (Tacoma WA) News Tribune, The State (SC), The Olympian (WA), The Victoria Advocate (TX), The (PA) Centre Daily Times, The Enquirer Herald (SC), The Modesto Bee (CA), The Tri-City Herald (WA) The Lake Wylie (SC) Pilot, The News and Observer (NC), and Pop Matters.

A 2009 Must Have Holiday Book, Needles and Sins.

A 2009 Southwest Book of the Year .

The Blue Tattoo in the News:

“Beyond the Tattoo: Author Margot Mifflin to Visit Area for One Book Yuma events,” Yuma Sun, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2013.

Blue Tattoo The 2014 One Book Yuma Club Selection,” by Mara Naub, Yuma Sun, Dec. 19, 2013.

“An English Professor Explores the Meaning of a 19th Century Chin Tattoo,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 15, 2012.

(review) Bitch Magazine, December 2011.

Hercircle Ezine, October 1, 2011.

(review) The Journal of Arizona History, Autumn 2010. “The Blue Tattoo is an excellent teaching tool, general enough for assigned reading in an American History survey course, yet with enough depth and details for seminars in frontier history, gender studies, or American Indian Studies. An excellent read for anyone with a healthy imagination and a yen for an engaging story.”

(review) Big Muddy: A Journal of the Misissippi River Valley, September, 2010. “Through her impeccable investigation and accessible exposition, Mifflin scours the grime from this great forgotten American tale, bringing it to a true shine worthy of recognition.”

(review) Western Historical Quarterly, Autumn 2010, Vol. 31, issue 3, pp. 377-378. Western Historical Quartlery ContentServer

(review) American History, in “We Also Like,” August 2010.

(review) Lake Oswego Review, July 8, 2010.

(review) Overland Journal, Spring 2010. “We recommend The Blue Tattoo to students, specialists and general readers of the history of the Southwest.”

(review) Journal of American History, Vol. 96, No. 4, March 2010.

(review) Pacific Historical Review, May 2010 (review by June Namias). “Margot Mifflin is a great storyteller…The Blue Tattoo is well written and well researched; it re-opens the story of white women and men going West and Native people trying to survive these travels.” Pacific Historical Review

(review)  Ralph Magazine, mid-spring 2010.  “It seems the author–and now your reviewer–are in love with the Mohaves.”

(review) Women’s Review of Books, Jan-Feb. 2010.

(review) Lansing State Journal, January 12, 2010.

“Pima County Public Library Panel Selects the Top Reads of 2009″ Arizona Daily Star, December 20, 2009.

(review) Western American Literature, Dec. 3, 2009. “Mifflin’s treatment of Olive’s sojourns [provides] an excellent teaching opportunity about America’s ongoing captivation with ethnic/gender crossings…” Western American Lit pdf

(review) Doubleday Book Club, November, 2009. “Mifflin catches the poignancy of this story that manages to combine the conquest of the West, life among its victims and the national myths that justified it.”

(review) Feminist Review, November 7, 2009. “Although Oatman’s story on its own is full of intrigue, Mifflin adeptly uses her tale as a springboard for larger issues of the time.”

(review) Powell’s Books Review a Day, Oct. 19 2009.

(review) Rain Taxi, Fall 2009, [An] admirable and enjoyable book [that] offers analysis of both the reality and the mythology of Oatman’s life…”

(review) Internet Review of Books, October 15, 2009. “The Blue Tattoo is a wonderful peek at an era and a literary genre by a first-class researcher. ”

(review) Tucson Weekly, September 13, 2009. “…a riveting, well-researched portrait of a girl kidnapped by Native Americans.”

“Tattoed Girl Stepped Into Yuma History” The Yuma Sun, September 9, 2009.

(interview) The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC, August 20, 2009. Listen here.

(review) Historical Novel Society, August 2009; #49.

(review) Irish, August 13, 2009. “One can read this work of non-fiction as if it were a sensational novel – with progressive feminist implications.”

(review) New West, August 10, 2009. “As Margot Mifflin demonstrates in her absorbing book, The Blue Tattoo, the truth about Olive Oatman is more complicated than the many fictions about her.”

(review) Tattoo History, August 10, 2009. “The book’s already received rave reviews, and for good reason….a fascinating dose of both tattoo and American history.”

(review) The Kansas City Star, August 9, 2009.

(review) The Times Literary Supplement, July 10, 2009. “An important and engrossing book, which reveals as much about the appetites and formulas of emerging mass culture as it does about tribal cultures in nineteenth-century America.” Times Literary Supplement

(review) The Stereopticon, July 2009.

“The Blue Tattoo: The Story of Olive Oatman,” I Tunes U, podcast posted June 26, 2009.

(review) Bismarck Tribune, June 16, 2009. “…a thoughtful presentation of a legendary woman in western history.”

Bookshelf, Lehman Today, spring 2009.

(review) , May/June 2009. ForeWord “…Mifflin skillfully de-mythologizes the case of Olive Oatman.”

(review) Ehistory at Ohio State University, June 2009. “Mifflin’s dynamic pacing and energetic writing are a brilliant match for a story filled with dynamic personalities and their transitions.”

(review) Bust June/July 2009. “….well researched history that reads like unbelievable fiction.”

(review) Library Journal, April 1, 2009.  “…Mifflin engagingly describes Oatman’s ordeal and theorizes about its impact on Oatman herself as well as on popular imagination… her book adds nuance to Oatman’s story and also humanizes the Mohave who adopted her.  Recommended for general readers as well as students and scholars.”

“Professor Margot Mifflin Writes Biography of 19th Century Pioneer Olive Oatman,” CUNY Newswire, April 1, 2009.

(review), May 12, 2009. “This is a revealing read as it delves into the social mores and prejudice of the time.”

“South Nyack Author Tells Tale of Unconventional Heroine in New Book,” The Rockland Journal News, March 29, 2009.

On Blogs
(review), May 16, 2012.
BookTeaCatDog, May 31, 2010.
Woooo, April 16, 2010.  “Mifflin engagingly describes Oatman’s ordeal and theorizes about its impact on Oatman herself as well as on popular imagination.”
Schuyler Books and Music:  Recommended Read, March 30 2010.
Red Slipper Diary, March 10, 2010.
Under the Covers and Reading, Feb. 20, 2010. “…a fabulously written book with more discussion topics than you can cover in a single book club meeting…a page turner and one that our group unanimously LOVED.”
My Aunt’s Bookshelf, Feb. 5, 2010. “So well written that you will find it hard to put the book down.”
Julie’s Bookshelf, Feb. 12, 2010.
Magic Lantern Show, Feb 4, 2010. “…one of the most fascinating and thought-provoking books I’ve read in a long time.”
Westervin, Jan. 8, 2010. “…one of my favorite reads of ‘09.”
Bibliolotry (Sacramento News and Review), Dec. 21, 2009.
Journey to the Past, Dec. 4, 2009.
Powell’s Books Blog, Oct. 20, 2009.
Detroit to Brooklyn, Sep. 28, 2009.
Rosemary MacCabe, July 27, 2009.
Reading in Appalachia: Library Loot,July 15, 2009.
Master the Art of Reading, July 12, 2009.
Otherspoon, June 21, 2009.
Needles and Sins, June 15, 2009.
Grumpy Dan, June 9, 2009.

Lectures/Signings/Panels: The Blue Tattoo:

An Author’s Evening With Margot Mifflin,” Silverleaf Club, Scottsdale, Az, Feb 13, 2014.

One Book Yuma Literacy Program (2014 Selection: The Blue Tattoo) Yuma Main Library, February 12, 2014.

One Book Yuma (“) Arizona Western College, February 12, 2014.

Tucson Festival of Books Panelist: “Forgotten Lives: Uncovering Hidden Histories,” March 10, 2012.

 “The Blue Tattoo,” The Arizona Historical Society, Tucson, January 16, 2010.

 “The Blue Tattoo,” The Heard Museum, Scottsdale, January 15, 2010.

 “The Blue Tattoo,” The Arizona Historical Society, Tempe, January 14, 2010.

 “The Blue Tattoo,” Heard Museum, Phoenix, January 14, 2010.

 “The Blue Tattoo,” Lehman College, September 24, 2009.