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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2003
I bought this book having read the other good reviews on Amazon and I have found it very useful. I am currently writing a creative piece concerning women and tattoos and this book is intelligent, thought-provoking and surprising. It is full of personal stories from women that I have found invaluable for my work. It is particularly strong on the history of women-as-tattooists and is full of good photographs. I would recommend this book to anyone who has any kind of interest in the subject.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 1999
Margot Mifflin's book is an amazingly well-documented and thoroughly acurate telling of the secret history of tattooed women and women tattoo artists in America. I was interviewed extensively for this subject, and throughout the year she was gathering material I watched as Mifflin's knowledge and understanding of her subject matter grew.
Contrary to another UNSIGNED review posted here, I believe the women quoted are proud to have been included and I have not heard ONE of my peers complain about it.
Many people feel that tattooing has experienced a huge upsurgence of popularity in the last decade, but until this book most will not have had the perspective to realise just how common it was for your Grandma to have slipped off to get a wicked little something, possibly a secret only she and her husband shared. It is women's willingness to boldly display their tattoos, NOT their enthuisiasm for body art, that has changed.
Margot Mifflin brought her experience as an investigator with a feminist perspective to the organization of a vast wealth of material, helped by many of the important members of the tattoo community. We knew that this was unlikely to be a book one of us would write, and it most definately needed to be written.
From the circus ladies who chose to exhibit themselves as art to the educated graphic artists of today who choose tattooing as their art medium, the women of ink are grateful.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2001
This is not only one of the best books on tattoo or women, but it is one of the best books I have ever read. As a student I used the book for my dissertation on women and tattoos, and it was so helpful; I haven't found another book on the subject that even comes close. The photos are great too. I agree with Pat Fish in that people do not realise that it is not that there is a surge in women having tattoos, but women are changing their attitudes in showing them. From where women had their tattoos, to how they made women money, this book looks at over 100 years of history. It is so worth buying!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 1999
Margot Mifflin's book is an amazingly well-documented and thoroughly acurate telling of the secret history of tattooed women and women tattoo artists in America. I was interviewed extensively for this subject, and throughout the year she was gathering material I watched as Mifflin's knowledge and understanding of her subject matter grew.
I believe the women quoted are proud to have been included and I have not heard ONE of my peers complain about the book, either for attitude expressed or factually.
Many people feel that tattooing has experienced a huge upsurgence of popularity in the last decade, but until this book most will not have had the perspective to realise just how common it was for your Grandma to have slipped off to get a wicked little something, possibly a secret only she and her husband shared. It is women's willingness to boldly display their tattoos, NOT their enthuisiasm for body art, that has changed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2013
I got this for my sister, a tattoo enthusiast, and she loves it. I have not seen ot myself but if she says its good, that will do for me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2000
Pat Fish's review is spot-on. It's certainly worth every penny of the price very well written, insightful and interesting, with beautiful, relevant photographs. Go on, buy it!
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on 8 February 2014
While the product arrived promptly, I was rather dissapointed with the book. It only provided a brief history and was clearly subjective in its opinions of more modern tattooists. At times I thought the whole thing was an advert for Kat Von D.
As a tattooed lady myself I didn't feel it really represented a broad sample.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 1998
This book was fascinating : it documented women and tattooing for 100 years. It was an illistrated guide to the signifigance of tattoos to women and society, how and when tattooing came into style and why. It was one of the best books I have ever read! If you are a strong woman, love tattoos, or both, you will definately like this book!
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on 15 January 2015
Interesting, well written and beautifully illustrated. This is a must for lovers of tattoos, feminists and everybody with an interest in human life!
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on 19 January 2014
Very swift service. Beautifully produced book at a very reasonable price. My daughter in law loved it for her xmas pressie.
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