‘ Covered’ Gender Resistance  and Identity Narratives  through Tattooing Beverly Yuen Thompson, Ph.D.  Women’s Studies Pro...
Tattooing  Once Was  a Male Domain… (stereotypically considered prevalent in male subcultures such as military/sailors, pr...
Male-tattoo culture  represents women as… <ul><li>magazines </li></ul>Books Shop girl Piercer Girlfriends wives
The ‘Chick Spot’ Tattoo: Women’s place in tattooing is gender normative:  wives of tattooists and collectors of gender-app...
Methods:   (n= 60) Feminist/  visual/  ethnographer
“ heavily tattooed” women crossing the line… <ul><li>Placement  </li></ul><ul><li>Size </li></ul>Design
Tattooed Circus Ladies  1880s -1950s
Contemporary heavily tattooed women expressing themselves   <ul><li>Different  </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting </li></ul>Cha...
 
Redefining Beauty Outside of the Box <ul><li>Normative femininity is abandoned, along with the straightjacket of conformit...
Body Image
Rock ‘n Roll Moms: “You’re a mother now…”
Public Reactions:   stares, touching, and rude comments.
Family reactions <ul><li>Mom cried </li></ul>Acceptance
Employment discrimination:  legal and socially acceptable “ Covering” for work or school
“ I Wanna Be Covered…” True to self Conform to society
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&quot;Covered&quot; 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. &quot;Covered&quot; explores the prominent themes discussed by the sixty women interviewed for this documentary video project.

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    1. 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. 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. 3. Male-tattoo culture represents women as… <ul><li>magazines </li></ul>Books Shop girl Piercer Girlfriends wives
    4. 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. 5. Methods: (n= 60) Feminist/ visual/ ethnographer
    6. 6. “ heavily tattooed” women crossing the line… <ul><li>Placement </li></ul><ul><li>Size </li></ul>Design
    7. 7. Tattooed Circus Ladies 1880s -1950s
    8. 8. Contemporary heavily tattooed women expressing themselves <ul><li>Different </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting </li></ul>Challenging norms Subcultural Unusual hobbies Identities relationships artwork Self-expression Beautify Life milestones Spiritual humor
    9. 10. Redefining Beauty Outside of the Box <ul><li>Normative femininity is abandoned, along with the straightjacket of conformity to impossible ideals. </li></ul><ul><li>This opens a space to re-create their own terms of beauty, identity, and empowerment. </li></ul><ul><li>They can establish their own guidelines, outside of mainstream media pressures and thus retain higher self-esteem than those oriented towards achieving normative “beauty.” </li></ul>
    10. 11. Body Image
    11. 12. Rock ‘n Roll Moms: “You’re a mother now…”
    12. 13. Public Reactions: stares, touching, and rude comments.
    13. 14. Family reactions <ul><li>Mom cried </li></ul>Acceptance
    14. 15. Employment discrimination: legal and socially acceptable “ Covering” for work or school
    15. 16. “ I Wanna Be Covered…” True to self Conform to society

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