Bodies of Subversion

Bodies of Subversion was the first history of women’s tattoo art when it was first released in 1997, providing a fascinating excursion to a subculture that dates back to the nineteenth-century and including many never-before-seen photos of tattooed women from the last century. This revised and expanded edition remains the only book to chronicle the history of both tattoos on women and female tattooists, and contains all the information and images that made the original edition the primary reference for the history of women and tattoos, including documentation of:

* Breast cancer survivors of the 90s who tattoo their mastectomy scars as an alternative to reconstructive surgery or prosthetics.
* The parallel rise of tattooing and cosmetic surgery during the 80s when women tattooists became soul doctors to a nation afflicted with body anxieties.
* Maud Wagner, the first known woman tattooist, who in 1904 traded a date with her tattooist husband-to-be for an apprenticeship.
eth-century sideshow attractions who created fantastic abduction tales in which they claimed to have been forcibly tattooed.

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