Back in 1997, Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo was the first photography book collecting women’s tattoo art dating back to the 19th century. This Winter 2013, powerHouse Book is set to release the third edition of Bodies of Subversion; updating the book with more than 100 new color photos.
Newly discovered photography of women’s tattoo art showcases the history of body art alongside new additions including “Britain’s first female tattooist, Jessie Knight; Janis Joplin’s wrist tattoo; and tattooed pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber.” Bodies of Subversion also highlights how women during Victorian times wore tattoos as “custom couture, including Winston Churchill’s mother, who wore a serpent on her wrist. As noted by the publisher tattooed women now outnumber men for the first time in American history. School yourself on the topic with Bodies of Subversion.
Photography: Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo by Margot Mifflin, published by powerHouse Books.