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The Art and History of Women’s Tattoos

March 24, 2014 | Book Beat

 "Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tatoo, 3rd Edition," (powerHouse Books 2013) by Margot Mifflin, an associate professor of English at Lehman.

“Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tatoo, 3rd Edition,” (powerHouse Books 2013) by Margot Mifflin, an associate professor of English at Lehman.

Examined here are not the scary images we feared as children, but some of the most intricate, beautiful, poignant and thought-provoking tattoos that cover women’s bodies, dating back to Victorian society.  In her third edition of Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoos, Margot Mifflin, associate professor of  English at Lehman College, explores the economic independence of female tattoo artists, the power in creating unique art on a different canvas, and the change in some medical insurance practices that now allow payment for women who have had mastectomies and who use tattooing as a sign of courage and healing.

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