Intellectual Musings:
What does it all mean?

The following resources are not necessarily standard reading for tattoo artists. However, if you have an interest in the scholarly treatment of tattoos, these books may interest you. Also see the Library Research page for additional information on finding scholarly research on tattoos.



Sullivan, Nikki. Tattooed bodies : subjectivity, textuality, ethics, and pleasure. Westport , Conn. : Praeger, 2001

This scholarly resource draws on the works of a number of postmodern theorists, shifting the focus away from what the tattooed body means to what it does, how it functions, and what effects it produces.

DeMello, Margo. Bodies of Inscription A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community. Durham : Duke University Press, 2000.

Personal experience is interwoven throughout this anthropological study of the modern tattoo community.

Pitts, Victoria. In the Flesh, the Cultural Politics of Body Modification. New York , Palgrave MacMillan, 2003.

A study of body modification subcultures and the political debates surrounding them.

Atkinson, Michael. Tattooed, The Sociogenesis of a Body Art. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2003.

An analysis of the enduring social significance of body art. In this book, tattoo enthusiasts share their stories about their bodies and tattooing experiences.


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tattoo of a pixie fairy

Tattoo Living Image. pixie. 13 December 2003.