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Customizing the body : the art and culture of tattooing / Clinton R. Sanders ; with D. Angus Vail.

Sanders, Clinton. (Author). Vail, D. Angus. (Added Author).
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New Castle-Henry County PL - New Castle 391.65 SAND (Text) 39231033192036 Adult Non-fiction Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781592138876
  • ISBN: 9781592138883
  • ISBN: 159213887X
  • ISBN: 1592138888
  • Physical Description: xxv, 245 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: Revised and expanded edition.
  • Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Temple University Press, 2008.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-237) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Preface to the revised and expanded edition -- Preface to the first edition -- 1: Introduction: Body alteration, artistic production, and the social world of tattooing -- 2: Becoming and being a tattooed person -- 3: Tattooist: tattooing as a career and an occupation -- 4: Tattoo relationship: risk and social control in the studio -- 5: Conclusion: Tattooing and the social definition of art -- Epilogue 2008: Body modification then and now / Clinton R Sanders with D Angus Vail -- Methodological appendix -- Selected tattoo artist websites -- Notes -- References -- Index -- Photographs follow page 108.
Summary, etc.:
Originally published in 1989, this ground-breaking ethnographic exploration of tattooing - and the art world surrounding it - covers the history, anthropology, and sociology of body modification practices; the occupational experience of the tattooist; the process and social consequences of becoming a tattooed person; and the prospects of "serious" tattooing becoming an accepted art form. Curiously, despite the greater prevalence of tattoos and body modification in today's society, there is still a stigma of deviance associated with people who get or ink tattoos. Retaining the core of the original book, this revised and expanded edition offers a new preface by the author and a new chapter focusing on the changes that have occurred in the tattoo world. A section on the new scholarly literature that has emerged, as well as the new modes of body modification that have come into vogue, are included along with a new gallery of photographs that show some splendid examples of contemporary tattoo art. A directory of artists' websites invites readers to discover the range of work being done around the world from "suits" (full body tattoos) to skulls.
Subject: Tattooing > Social aspects.
Tattoo artists.

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