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A Cultural History of Tattoos
     

A Cultural History of Tattoos

by Gail B. Stewart
 

Tattooing and body piercing have existed in some form or other for thousands of years. In cultures around the world the body has been used as a canvas for personal adornment, art, identification, religious marking, spiritual protection, and more. But tattoos and body piercings are hardly a thing of the past. In fact, both have experienced a resurgence in recent

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Tattooing and body piercing have existed in some form or other for thousands of years. In cultures around the world the body has been used as a canvas for personal adornment, art, identification, religious marking, spiritual protection, and more. But tattoos and body piercings are hardly a thing of the past. In fact, both have experienced a resurgence in recent years, particularly among teens and young adults. The Library of Tattoos and Body Piercings explores this fascinating topic from various perspectives including history, art, health, and teen views and concerns. Sidebars highlighting topics of special interest, source notes, a bibliography for further research, and an index provide additional tools for readers and report writers.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—These books are well written, well researched, and engaging. Reluctant readers will be drawn in by the snappy, funny sidebars and clear photos, which are gorgeous and, at times, gory. Some students will be intrigued and others will be repulsed by images of flesh-eating diseases. The authors take a largely nonjudgmental tone as they describe the reasons teens and adults permanently alter their bodies. This series is nothing if not surprising and refreshing, with each page packed with information that teens will want to repeat and share. For example, naval piercing became fashionable "as the bikini culture took root in the 1950s." Health discourages teens from body modification more than the others in the series, but it also makes an argument for the mental-health benefits some experience from body modification. Crammed with facts, anecdotes, and research studies, all of which are referenced, this set explores the complexity of a topic that might seem narrow at first glance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781601525604
Publisher:
ReferencePoint Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2013
Series:
Library of Tattoos and Body Piercings Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
946,375
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1220L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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