The History of Tattooed Ladies Gets Expanded

by Jennifer Welsing

Tattoos and women have a long and unique history. No single book has documented this relationship better then Margot Mifflin’s Bodies of Subversion: A History of Women and Tattoos.  And now, at a perfect time where tattooed women outnumber tattooed men in the US, a new edition has been released! 


Originally published in 1997, this book documents the history of women and the diverse bonds they share with their tattoos. Updated and expanded with over 150 photos, this book goes through the relationships women have had with tattoos from the victorian age to the present day. It not only explores tattoos as something from the counter culture, but also how women have used tattoos as an art form, a way of expression and a way of healing. This is a great read for any woman who loves tattoos, history, or both!

Check out a slide show of more inked-up photos here.


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