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Chick Ink: 40 Stories of Tattoos--and the Women Who Wear Them Paperback – February 1, 2007
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About the Author
Karen Hudson is the About.com Guide to Tattoos and Body Piercing, the ninth most accessed site on About.com. Karen is an artist and has served a yearl ong tattoo apprenticeship at a tattoo studio in Dallas, Texas. Her personal links within the tattoo community continue to keep her updated in body art.
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To me, I felt that this book focused a little too much on the "what" (tattoo design, placement, color, size) and not enough on the "why". Even the ones that did go into the thinking behind the tattoos did little to trigger much of a visceral response from me. I think the goal of this book was more to explore how other people perceive women with tattoos as opposed to what the women themselves thought. So, my gripe may be a little unfounded.
Most of the contributors to this book have a background in writing, so for the most part the stories were fairly well-written, just a little too straightforward and factual for my liking. There were a couple of brilliant phrases I was able to pick out, though, and that made it all the more enjoyable.
The Kindle edition, which is how I read this book, was likely an afterthought, because the formatting placed snippets that probably looked just fine in print into awkward places in the e-text. I got the Kindle sample first, which only contained one page of the actual content and didn't do much to persuade me to spend the $10 on it, which is at the high end for Kindle, and highly overpriced for a book of this nature. If I hadn't had an Amazon gift credit, I would not have bought this book based on the sticker shock and ineffective sample, despite the fact that I really wanted to find a book about women and their tattoos.
I still enjoyed reading about these women. It's worth reading, but be warned that the Kindle edition isn't greatly formatted and is pricy as far as Kindle books go. The last story in the collection was my favorite, so I was happy to end it on a high note.
Kelly I. Hitchcock
Author of The Redheaded Stepchild
I have been inked for several years, to the great distress and/or confusion of family and friends. I was the only one in my family to have ink until two months ago, and very few friends of mine have any. I have actually given this book as a gift to family to help them see that it isn't so radical after all.
I have always been interested in tattoos in an anthropological way as well, and this book gives great insight into the "why" so many different women get inked, and why they have no shame in their art. It shows how very false the taboos surrounding women and tattoos are.
It's a must read for anyone from a serious body art collector, to those who think that tattoos are the devil himself. It will open a lot of eyes, and make you think next time you come across someone with ink!
There is one story in the book about one of these women--no doubt a caucasian--getting the Japanese letters for "transience" tattooed into her skin essentially because she had a degree in Japanese Studies and because she had some rudimentary grasp on the "cosmic" concept of impermanence. The ironic humor of the story is multi-layered and, I'm sure, completely lost on the writer.
Is anyone else tired of all these books where someone calls for "submissions" and then compiles them? This one is one of the worst I've read.