New PDF release: Bodies of Subversion

By Margot Mifflin

"In this provocative paintings choked with interesting lady characters from tattoo historical past, Margot Mifflin makes a persuasive case for the tattooed lady as a logo of woman self-expression."
—Susan Faludi

Bodies of Subversion is the 1st heritage of women’s tattoo artwork, supplying a desirable day trip to a lifestyle that dates again into the nineteenth-century and contains many never-before-seen photographs of tattooed girls from the final century. writer Margot Mifflin notes that women’s curiosity in tattoos surged within the suffragist 20s and the feminist 70s. She chronicles:

* Breast melanoma survivors of the 90s who tattoo their mastectomy scars as a substitute to reconstructive surgical procedure or prosthetics.

* The parallel upward thrust of tattooing and plastic surgery in the course of the 80s whilst girls tattooists turned soul medical professionals to a kingdom bothered with physique anxieties.

* Maud Wagner, the 1st recognized lady tattooist, who in 1904 traded a date together with her tattooist husband-to-be for an apprenticeship.

* Victorian society girls who wore tattoos as customized couture, together with Winston Churchill’s mom, who wore a serpent on her wrist.

* Nineteeth-century sideshow points of interest who created excellent abduction stories during which they claimed to were forcibly tattooed.

“In Bodies of Subversion, Margot Mifflin insightfully chronicles the saga of dermis as signage. via compelling anecdotes and cleverly astute research, she indicates and tells us new histories approximately ladies, tattoos, public photographs, and personal components. It’s an indelible account of an indelible piece of cultural history.”
—Barbara Kruger, artist

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