Tattoos continue to be a mark of alienation from the mainstream, but they also have an affiliative effect, identifying one as a member of a select group. This book discusses tattooing as a highly social act as a manipulation of self-image, as a symbolically meaningful form of body alteration in contemporary society.

Customizing the Body 1990, Temple University Press, Philadelphia, PA

ISBN-13: 9780877227649

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