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"Covered" Gender Resistance and Identity Narratives through Tattooing

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This PowerPoint explores the visual data of a research project on heavily tattooed women and female tattooists in the United States. "Covered" explores the prominent themes discussed by the …

This PowerPoint explores the visual data of a research project on heavily tattooed women and female tattooists in the United States. "Covered" explores the prominent themes discussed by the sixty women interviewed for this documentary video project.

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    • 1. ‘ Covered’ Gender Resistance and Identity Narratives through Tattooing Beverly Yuen Thompson, Ph.D. Women’s Studies Program Texas Woman’s University [email_address] A documentary video project
    • 2. Tattooing Once Was a Male Domain… (stereotypically considered prevalent in male subcultures such as military/sailors, prisons/gangs, outlaws/bikers, blue collar workers)
    • 3. Male-tattoo culture represents women as…
      • magazines
      Books Shop girl Piercer Girlfriends wives
    • 4. The ‘Chick Spot’ Tattoo: Women’s place in tattooing is gender normative: wives of tattooists and collectors of gender-appropriate tattoos (small, cute, hidden)
    • 5. Methods: (n= 60) Feminist/ visual/ ethnographer
    • 6. “ heavily tattooed” women crossing the line…
      • Placement
      • Size
      Design
    • 7. Tattooed Circus Ladies 1880s -1950s
    • 8. Contemporary heavily tattooed women expressing themselves
      • Different
      • Interesting
      Challenging norms Subcultural Unusual hobbies Identities relationships artwork Self-expression Beautify Life milestones Spiritual humor
    • 9.  
    • 10. Redefining Beauty Outside of the Box
      • Normative femininity is abandoned, along with the straightjacket of conformity to impossible ideals.
      • This opens a space to re-create their own terms of beauty, identity, and empowerment.
      • They can establish their own guidelines, outside of mainstream media pressures and thus retain higher self-esteem than those oriented towards achieving normative “beauty.”
    • 11. Body Image
    • 12. Rock ‘n Roll Moms: “You’re a mother now…”
    • 13. Public Reactions: stares, touching, and rude comments.
    • 14. Family reactions
      • Mom cried
      Acceptance
    • 15. Employment discrimination: legal and socially acceptable “ Covering” for work or school
    • 16. “ I Wanna Be Covered…” True to self Conform to society

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