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Covered in Ink"Tattoos, Women and the Politics of the Body"$
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Beverly Yuen Thompson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814760000

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814760000.001.0001

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“Is the Tattoo Guy Here?”

“Is the Tattoo Guy Here?”

Women Tattoo Artists’ Experience Working in a Male-Dominated Profession

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Covered in Ink

Beverly Yuen Thompson

NYU Press

Female tattoo artists have faced occupational stigma, discrimination, and invisibility within the field. Like many women in non-traditional professions, tattooists have faced many barriers, and also opportunities, as they have entered the tattoo industry. The literature on women in blue-collar industries often focuses on individual professions, yet the tattooing industry has not been highlighted for analysis. It is an important addition to the narrative of women in male-dominated professions because though women are still a small minority of the workers in the industry, their numbers are steadily growing and they are already having a profound impact within the field.

Keywords:   tattoo artist, Male-dominated, profession, tattoo, occupation, discrimination

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