"[U]nequalled insight into the world of tattooing... Sanders concerns himself with comparing tattooing with things like pottery, computer graphics and graffiti, which have recently moved closer to acceptance within the 'art world.'" --Body Art "This is the most intelligent book available to date on the modern aspects of an increasingly popular form of body decoration." --Kirkus Reviews "The author, tattooed himself knowledgeably discusses both the symbolic and social meanings of tattooing. He presents a thorough overview of the development of tattooing in western society from the eighteenth century to the present. The book is a wellspring for the novice fan seeking information about tattooing, and it will give even those who think they know all about tattooing a fresh look at many aspects of the art and the people involved, as, well as the relationship between practitioners and clients. Sanders' book is both intelligent and entertaining." --Tattoo "A fascinating and well-written study, one that finely sharpens the distinction between deviance and respectability." --Choice "The book's comprehensive treatment--involving both historical and cross-cultural analysis, both tattooists and tattooees as subjects, and parlor, convention, and gallery settings--ought to inform communications research on topics ranging from symbolization of deviance to clothing, fashion, and art." --Communications Research
From the Publisher
Describes the seven-year involvement of a sociologist in the world of tattoo culture
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