The human canvas: a discussion of tattoos as an embodiment of identity

Rodgers, Hayley (2016) The human canvas: a discussion of tattoos as an embodiment of identity. MA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the reasons and motivations surrounding why individuals tattoo their body, particularly focusing on identity within the context of fannish tattoos. Such a study is important in order to further discuss a topical and growing subject, which lacks in academia. The research for the dissertation has been conducted through historical contextualisation concerning subcultures and tattoos, which is grounded in academic sources. Furthermore, a variety of secondary sources regarding subcultures, body modification and fan culture have provided context to the piece, along with an analysis of secondary sources concerning fan theory in relation to tattoos. The findings from this research provide evidence that tattoos are indicators of identity, as they allow for individuals to alter and modify their ‘self’ through physical body modification. The main conclusions drawn from this study are that tattoos can representative of an individual’s identity whether it be shared or part of expressing the self. However, the mainstreaming and ever increasing popularity of tattooing and the dominance of the Internet would suggest that it has become a fashionable practice. This dissertation recommends that there is a need for further research into different types of tattooing that have been altered by the influence of the media.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 11:16
    Last Modified: 09 Jan 2017 11:16

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