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“Bodies of Subversion” – A History Of Women With Tattoos

Bodies of Subversion

Janis Joplin was one of the first American celebrities who openly flaunted her Florentine bracelet tattoo on her left wrist. She had a heart tattooed on her chest. Well, in those times tattoos were quite rare and either they were looked up with disgust or complemented for their beauty. However, in the modern times tattoos have become so common that nearly everyone you meet has one. Instead of using ink on the paper, people are using it more on their bodies!

Tattooing has predominantly been a male fixation, for most history. You would see men flaunting their swaggers, daggers, or anchors. The new edition of “Body of Subversion” written by Ms. Mifflin points out the fact that according to a survey in 2012, more American women wanted to get tattooed as compared to men. Almost 23% women have tattoos in contrast to 19% men. Tattoos are no longer a sign of rebellion, it’s more of a fashion choice.

“Body of Subversion” includes some stunning colored photographs of women with tattoos. It follows some interesting social history. Tattoos were very fashionable amongst the upper class in Europe in the late 19th century. This fashion spread to America and there was a point when almost 75% of socially active American women had tattoos. The book goes on to delve into the emotions and changes in tattoo preferences by women over the years.

“Zombie Boy” – The Tattooed Star!

He’s a model, artist, and living work of art. He speaks out against bullying and in favor of being different. He’s Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy, and he is so much more than just his appearance. Although his full-body tattoos that give him the appearance of a skeleton or zombie certainly get him a lot of attention, he was discovered by Nicola Formichetti of Thierry Mugler, and was instantly her muse. He has expanded his career from runway modeling to being a spokesperson for Derma Blend makeup and their message of looking beyond one’s cover. He acts in movies, such as 47Ronin, and is currently the face of Rocaware Europe. He seems unstoppable.

Why is he so well loved in a world where people with facial tattoos and full-body tattoos, while becoming more accepted, are still faced with discrimination and judgment? He is a living symbol of not judging a book by a cover, and how a person can overcome judgment, bullying, and obstacles to make a dream life for themselves, if they’ll only work hard enough and keep their heart open to it. While he still deals with the occasional person who, when he holds a door open for them, will go out of their way to use the farthest door possible, he is living to what many seems like the dream, and using his platform to spread good cheer and messages.

Would You Hire Someone With A Tattoo?

If the applicant who has come for an interview for a position in your company were covered with tattoos and piercings, would you hire him? While your first reaction may be “NO”, think twice before saying that! The tattoo craze is so rife that employers have to get used to hiring people who have body art. This is because there might be talent covered in “that ink”.

The college institutions, universities and other such places now-a-days have a large number of student population that have tattoos at some or the other place. Sometimes these tattoos are concealed, but when you see them in a gym, you will be amazed to see that there is hardly a young student who doesn’t have a tattoo. Some of them have large tattoos that cover their arms, backs, or neck, while some have small ones.

Interestingly the craze has gone so far that some students have even presented business ideas on how to launch apps for tattoos and how to earn royalties from those.

Most of the students who are pursuing a degree want to work with big corporates after the completion of their programs. The question is how will they convince their prospective employers about their tattoos?