eBook A Cultural History of Tattoos, 1st Edition

  • Gail B. Stewart
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  • ISBN-10: 1601525613
  • ISBN-13: 9781601525611
  • DDC: 391.6
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 80 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released August 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013
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Today 45 million Americans today have at least one tattoo. As this title illustrates, there are dozens of reasons a person chooses to be tattooed, many of them are the same reasons that have appealed to people throughout the world since prehistoric times—to make themselves more attractive, show their affiliation with a tribe or group, or commemorate a milestone in their lives.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: An Enduring Tradition.
1: Marking Life’s Transitions.
Mocked for Being Afraid.
A Brave, Tearful Rite of Passage.
2: Tattoos of Belonging.
The Song of Chiefs.
The Forbidden Tattoo.
3: Tattoos for Health and Good Luck.
A New Type of Medical Tattooing.
A Lucky Tattoo.
4: Beauty and Self-Expression.
The Most Beautiful Tattoos.
A Woman’s Moko in the Twenty-First Century.
Beautiful, Yet Sometimes Risky.
5: The Dark Side of Tattoos.
A Twenty-First Century Punishment Tattoo.
Heads for a Price.
Source Notes.
For Further Research.
Picture Credits.
About the Author.