“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.

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