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This pioneering 1933 survey approaches body art from a variety of angles, including artistic, semiotic, psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives. One of the first studies to analyze the subconscious motivations and erotic implications behind tattooing, it examines overt and subliminal messages of romance, patriotism, and religious fervor. 27 illustrations.
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Foreword I. Women and Love II. Men and Love III. Prostitutes and Perversion IV. The Youth V. The Art and Its Masters VI. The Circus VII. Sailors VIII. Low Herd--High Society IX. Identification X. Faith, Magic, and Disease XI. Removal Bibliography Index


"A milestone in the general literature of tattooing" Scientific American"

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