Bodies of Subversion: The Secret History of Women and Tattoo

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Margaret Mifflin
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Bodies of Subversion, written in 1997, was one of the first books on the history of women's tattoo art and provided a fascinating excursion to a subculture that dates back into the nineteenth-century. Author Margot Mifflin notes that women's interest in tattoos surged in the suffragist 1920s and the feminist 1970s. This interesting book covers the subject of breast cancer survivors of the 1990s who tattooed their mastectomy scars as an alternative to reconstructive surgery or prosthetics. Mifflin discusses the parallel rise of tattooing and cosmetic surgery during the 1980s when women tattooists became soul doctors to a nation afflicted with body anxieties. The chapter on Circus Ladies and Society introduces us to Maud Wagner who in 1904 traded a date with her tattooist husband-to-be for an apprenticeship. And much more! 

Published in 1997 by Juno Books, First Edition
8½ x 11, Softcover
178 pages