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Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo

Book Review

by Margot Mifflin Juno.

Winston Churchill’s mother, Jennie Jerome, had one. So does punk rocker Chrissie Hynde. Despite widespread perception that tattoos are subversive and a symptom of the imminent demise of Western civilization, a recent book shows that during the late-19th century upper-class women and even European royalty were getting them.

“No Regrets”

Book Review

When I first picked up this book, I was sure I wasn’t going to like it. I just knew it was going to be 120+ page of insults against tattoos. The cover art didn’t help with that assumption either, seeing as how that alien head and backpiece tattoo by Steve Nesbit has been one of my personal favorites for years.