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Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
The Tattoo Project
Canadian Scholars’ Press
Subjects
Sociology
222 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
January 2017
Print ISBN: 9781551309453
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Overview

Unique in scope and content, this methods-based text draws on the process of creating a digital archive of commemorative tattoos to examine the production and mobilization of knowledge across communities, disciplines, and space. Deborah Davidson’s multidisciplinary collection addresses the cultural history of tattooing and the social meanings and implications of commemorative tattoos—tattoos that hold significant value for their bearer.

A practical resource for those undertaking archival research or collecting and sharing information across disciplines, this text acts as a template for building connections between academic and non-academic communities. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, The Tattoo Project offers critical insights and tools for courses focused on research methodologies and digital humanities, and provides innovative content for those studying the body, visual culture, and commemoration.

Features

  • highlights several case studies and personal narratives to contextualize theoretical and methodological approaches
  • includes photographs of archival participants
  • features accompanying poetry by award-winning poet Priscila Uppal
  • The Tattoo Project digital archive provides additional supplementary materials including photos, videos, and narratives


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing The Tattoo Project, Deborah Davidson

SECTION I. HISTORY, CULTURE, AND APPROACH: AN OVERVIEW

Chapter 2: Memories on the Skin: A Brief Cultural History of Tattooing, Margo DeMello

Chapter 3: Commemorative Tattoos as Visual-Material Media, Sara Martel

Chapter 4: Between the Inside and the Outside: Commemorative Tattoos and the Externalization of Loss or Trauma, Andreas Kitzmann

Chapter 5: Creative Methodologies, Gayle Letherby and Deborah Davidson

Chapter 6: Tattooing as Auto/Biographical Method and Practice, Gayle Letherby and Deborah Davidson

Chapter 7: Visual Research Methods: Memorial Tattoos as Memory-Realization, Deborah Davidson and Angelina Duhig

Chapter 8: Inscribing Memory as a Social Process: The Tattoo Artist–Client Relationship, Arthur McLuhan, with Wayne Galbraith

SECTION II. WRITTEN IN THE FLESH

Poem. Not a Cliché, Priscila Uppal
Photos

SECTION III. CASE STUDIES AND PERSONAL NARRATIVES

Chapter 9: “Physical Words”: Scars, Tattoos, and Embodied Mourning, Kay Inckle

Chapter 10: Enshrined in Flesh: Tattoos and Contemporary Women’s Spirituality, Gina Snooks

Chapter 11: Memorial Tattoos as Connection, Andrea Warnick and Lysa Toye

Chapter 12: “Ingulule Ayidli Ngamabala”: A Reflection on the Spotted Soloist, Siphiwe Ignatius Dube

Chapter 13: I Am, Stephanie Pangowish

Chapter 14: Tattoo Memoir, Dave Mazierski

Chapter 15: Why I Get Tattoos: A Personal Perspective on Tattoos and Commemoration, Craig Roxborough

SECTION IV. THE TATTOO PROJECT: A COMMUNITY UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Chapter 16: What Is an Archive? Creators, Functions, and Value in Archival Practice, Lisa Darms

Chapter 17: Public Sociology and Digital Culture, Ariane Hanemaayer and Christopher J. Schneider

Chapter 18: Technology Design to Support Commemorative Tattoo Practice, Melanie Baljko

Chapter 19: The Coming Together of a Community of Practice: Commemorative Tattoos as Visual Culture for Community Engagement and Identity Formation, Anabel Quan-Haase

Chapter 20: Knowledge Mobilization: Engaging Beyond the Academy Walls, Krista Jensen

Reflection, Deborah Davidson

Author Biographies

Deborah Davidson

Deborah Davidson is an Associate Professor of Sociology at York University.


Reviews

The Tattoo Project imaginatively blurs the lines between academic research and embodied narratives, scholarly knowledge and lived experiences. Methodologically ambitious, The Tattoo Project shows the multi-layered meanings behind commemorative tattoos, giving voice and space to the people who embody them. It also challenges us to re-think collaboration and community through the creation of an open digital archive that extends into the public sphere, and how the tattooed body is an inimitable archive in and of itself.”
—  Mary Kosut, School of Natural and Social Sciences, Purchase College, SUNY

“As a unique form of human expression, tattooing transmits a vast body of information about who we are, where we come from, our desires and fears, and who we aspire to be. It offers one of the most powerful biographical, artistic, and intellectual statements on cultural diversity, visual communication, and commemorative agency. The authors of The Tattoo Project bring these profound perceptions to life, generating a timely interdisciplinary study that provides critical new understandings of body-marking and its role in self-making.”
—  Lars Krutak, Tattoo Anthropologist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

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