Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    The Powell's Playlist | October 21, 2014

    Anne Rice: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Anne Rice



    These are the songs that wake me up, take me out of my worries and anxieties, wash my brain cells, and send me to the keyboard to write with new... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$25.25
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
5 Remote Warehouse Sociology- General

More copies of this ISBN

Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community

by

Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Since the 1980s, tattooing has emerged anew in the United States as a widely appealing cultural, artistic, and social form. In Bodies of Inscription Margo DeMello explains how elite tattooists, magazine editors, and leaders of tattoo organizations have downplayed the working-class roots of tattooing in order to make it more palatable for middle-class consumption. She shows how a completely new set of meanings derived primarily from non-Western cultures has been created to give tattoos an exotic, primitive flavor.

and#9;Community publications, tattoo conventions, articles in popular magazines, and DeMelloandrsquo;s numerous interviews illustrate the interplay between class, culture, and history that orchestrated a shift from traditional Americana and biker tattoos to new forms using Celtic, tribal, and Japanese images. DeMelloandrsquo;s extensive interviews reveal the divergent yet overlapping communities formed by this class-based, American-style repackaging of the tattoo. After describing how the tattoo has moved from a mark of patriotism or rebellion to a symbol of exploration and status, the author returns to the predominantly middle-class movement that celebrates its skin art as spiritual, poetic, and self-empowering. Recognizing that the term andldquo;communityandrdquo; cannot capture the variations and class conflict that continue to thrive within the larger tattoo culture, DeMello finds in the discourse of tattooed people and their artists a new and particular sense of community and explores the unexpected relationship between this discourse and that of other social movements.

and#9;This ethnography of tattooing in America makes a substantive contribution to the history of tattooing in addition to relating how communities form around particular traditions and how the traditions themselves change with the introduction of new participants. Bodies of Inscription will have broad appeal and will be enjoyed by readers interested in cultural studies, American studies, sociology, popular culture, and body art.

Synopsis:

"The histories of tattoo traditions presented in this book are fascinating and rich. DeMello has many insights into tattoos' complexity of meaning, brought out in precise ethnographic and historical fashion."--Kathleen Stewart, author of "A Space on the Side of the Road: Cultural Poetics in an "Other" America"

Synopsis:

An ethnography of the tattoo community, tracing the practice’s transformation from a mostly male, working-class phenomenon to one adapted and propagated by a more middle-class movement in the period from the 1970s to the present.

Synopsis:

After describing how the tattoo has moved from a mark of patriotism or rebellion to a symbol of exploration and status, the author returns to the predominantly middle-class movement that celebrates its skin art as spiritual, poetic, and self-empowering. Recognising that the term community" cannot capture the variations and class conflict that continue to thrive within the larger tattoo culture, DeMello finds in the discourse of tattooed people and their artists a new and particular sense of community and explores the unexpected relationship between this discourse and that of other social movements. This ethnography of tattooing in America makes a substantive contribution to the history of tattooing in addition to relating how communities form around particular traditions and how the traditions themselves change with the introduction of new participants. "Bodies of Inscription" will have broad appeal and will be enjoyed by readers interested in cultural studies, American studies, sociology, popular culture, and body art.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [207]-217) and index.

About the Author

Margo DeMello is a nonprofit fundraiser. She has taught at San Francisco State University, Sacramento City College, and the University of California, Davis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822324676
Author:
DeMello, Margo
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
DeMello, Margo
Author:
Demello
Author:
Rubin, Gayle S.
Location:
Durham, NC :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Tattoos, Mehndi, & Body Painting
Subject:
Tattooing
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Tattoos, Mehndi, & Body Painting, Etc.
Subject:
Body Art & Tattooing
Subject:
Tattooing -- United States.
Subject:
Tattooing - United States - Social aspects
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
97-02
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 bandw photographs
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.81x6.44x.72 in. .87 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of...
    Used Trade Paper $4.50
  2. Body Art Book: A Complete,... Used Trade Paper $7.95
  3. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
    Used Library Binding $5.95
  4. Harry Potter #5: Harry Potter and...
    Used Hardcover $9.95
  5. Left Behind #07: The Indwelling: The... Used Trade Paper $3.95

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Body Art and Tattooing
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Tattooing
History and Social Science » American Studies » Popular Culture
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Crafts » Body Art
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Crafts » Locked Case

Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$25.25 In Stock
Product details 256 pages Duke University Press - English 9780822324676 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "The histories of tattoo traditions presented in this book are fascinating and rich. DeMello has many insights into tattoos' complexity of meaning, brought out in precise ethnographic and historical fashion."--Kathleen Stewart, author of "A Space on the Side of the Road: Cultural Poetics in an "Other" America"
"Synopsis" by ,
An ethnography of the tattoo community, tracing the practice’s transformation from a mostly male, working-class phenomenon to one adapted and propagated by a more middle-class movement in the period from the 1970s to the present.
"Synopsis" by , After describing how the tattoo has moved from a mark of patriotism or rebellion to a symbol of exploration and status, the author returns to the predominantly middle-class movement that celebrates its skin art as spiritual, poetic, and self-empowering. Recognising that the term community" cannot capture the variations and class conflict that continue to thrive within the larger tattoo culture, DeMello finds in the discourse of tattooed people and their artists a new and particular sense of community and explores the unexpected relationship between this discourse and that of other social movements. This ethnography of tattooing in America makes a substantive contribution to the history of tattooing in addition to relating how communities form around particular traditions and how the traditions themselves change with the introduction of new participants. "Bodies of Inscription" will have broad appeal and will be enjoyed by readers interested in cultural studies, American studies, sociology, popular culture, and body art.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.