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Be a Woman, get Tattooed!

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Dustin Glaseman

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Transcript of Be a Woman, get Tattooed!

Reclaiming the Female Body Tattoos are for GIRLS! Women, Tattoos, & Pop Culture 13 Women, 13 Questions
1. At what age were you first tattooed?

2. How Many tattoos do you have?

3. Where are you tattooed? What are your tattoos of?

4. What was your first experience with tattoo culture?

5. How do you feel women are portrayed in tattoo culture? Do you agree with this portrayal?

6. Do you feel the stigmas surrounding tattoos are harsher for women? Are tattooed men and women treated differently?

13 Women, 13 Questions

7. Do you feel that tattoos have a more sexual connotation for women? i.e. Do people judge a women’s sexuality, based on whether or not she has tattoos, and where they are placed, vs. tattoos on men?

8. Did you see a difference in the way men treated you before and after being tattooed? Was the change positive or negative?

9. Has being a tattooed woman affected your career/career choices?

10. Do you feel tattoo artists treat male and female clients differently?

11. Have you ever experienced negative male attention because of being a tattooed woman?

12. Do you see tattoos as a form of empowerment for women?

13. Do you have any tattoos that you would consider feminist? 13 Women, 13 Questions 1. At what age were you first tattooed? 30 20 21 18 26 21 18 19 18 18 46 23 47 2. How Many tattoos do you have? 1-------------10 1924 3. Where are you tattooed? What are your tattoos of? 4. What was your first experience with tattoo culture? "Parents are tattooed, as well as older brother. I remember growing up and seeing my family coming home with new tattoos." - KJ "For the most part, growing up especially, tattoo culture was very taboo, and associated with ‘bad’ people, i.e. criminals. In more recent years, my experience of tattoo culture has meant being exposed to many different kinds of people and tattoos and recognizing the universal art form as just that. A universal art form with a long history and tradition in many cultures as a way of body adornment and self-expression." -JLG "My ex boyfriend bought a tattoo machine." -JR 5. How do you feel women are portrayed in tattoo culture? Do you agree with this portrayal? "In the tattoo culture it seems most women are treated or at least portrayed as bad-ass, sexy, tough, strong, women. I do agree, that's what I want to be seen as, lol, & I like to think of myself as, I mean, I joke about being tough, my second tattoo was an 8 hour session straight!!" -JS "It is definitely a male industry, but I do think women make a huge impact on the tattoo culture. Women make tattoos beautiful, sexy, and empowering. Some may think that women are to be clean and pure, but I think tattoos modify a woman." - KJ "I don’t really agree with the Betty Page pin up girl, or the 'bad girl' type. I prefer to think of my body as a canvas, for art and memories." - WB 6. Do you feel the stigmas surrounding tattoos are harsher for women? Are tattooed men and women treated differently? "I think it’s more socially acceptable for a man to have a tattoo. For sure. I think some people judge women more than men for their tattoos because the stereotype of women is feminine and beautiful, and not all people find tattoos beautiful." -KFH "There are very few stigmas left for men surrounding body art in general. It is accepted almost globally now that a man can have a bicep or calf tattoo, and no one thinks twice about it. Yet a woman is cautioned when she gets a tattoo to "think how that will look after you have had kids" or "do you really want to have that on your body for the rest of your life?" I was even warned, after my second tattoo, that I would regret it because it would be visible in my wedding dress one day, and I would not like that." -ES "With the society I've grown up in and the majority people I've been around, I've never noticed a difference between gender treatments. I may also just not be paying attention." -MG 7. Do you feel that tattoos have a more sexual connotation for women? i.e. Do people judge a women’s sexuality, based on whether or not she has tattoos, and where they are placed, vs. tattoos on men? "It all depends on how many tattoos a woman has. If a woman only has a "trap stamp" and a hip tattoo, then society will believe the stereotype that she is "slutty", only based on that fact that her tattoos are in "sexy" places. But woman choose to put their tattoos there for a reason, and maybe it is to be sexy, maybe it's because they didn't know where else to put it. Every gender has typical places that get tattooed, and in all reality it is common for woman to have tattoos in "sexy" places, so it's not hard for society to place woman into that stereotype. But if a women has tattoos on many other places of the body, then I think she is looked at differently. I think those women are taken more seriously in a tattoo society. It makes you think that their tattoos have more meaning to them, then just a "Playboy Bunny" on the lower back." -KJ 8. Did you see a difference in the way men treated you before and after being tattooed? Was the change positive or negative? "An ex-boyfriend of mine from a few years ago told me I wasn't allowed to get tattooed because he didn't want me to ruin my skin, even though he had tattoos. That pissed me off, so now I don't really pay any mind to a guy's reaction to my tattoos. If someone doesn't like my tattoos, then that's good for them. I haven't had any issues since then though. Many people like my tattoos. But, I have come across some guys who were shocked to know I have tattoos, since I have a youthful look and only 5'2. I guess I don't have that "typical" look of a tattooed girl." -KJ 9. Has being a tattooed woman affected your career/career choices? NO! 11. Have you ever experienced negative male attention because of being a tattooed woman? "That is hard to answer because I am a great lover of attention, hence why I was drawn to body art in the first place, as illustrated in my first story about the attention my mom's tattoo garnered. However, there is certainly a feeling of privacy being given up and boundary lines being blurred a bit when it comes to a tattooed women, i.e. men feel that they can say or suggest more brazen things that they would be unlikely to suggest to a woman they did not perceive as 'bad'." - ES 12. Do you see tattoos as a form of empowerment for women? "In a way yes. For me personally, I feel empowered by anything that fosters personal expression and living an authentic life. I’d always wanted to have tattoos but didn’t find the courage until I entered my 40s. I’m very glad I did. I feel much freer now hence more empowered." -JLG "Absolutely. A personal empowerment. It feels good. Not the actual act of having it being done, but having gone through it and having something to show for it is a great feeling. Something about being aware of a tattoo on your skin just makes you feel a little bigger as a person, stronger, bolder. If you're happy with your outside, you're happier on the inside." - MG "Yes! It means don't mess with me you fuck!" -CD Power Struggles
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