Monday, 17 August 2009

girls for boys 2008 - natasha marcus - taylor

When I first started to think of what and how boys around me adorned themselves, I didn’t see jewellery. What stood out to me were tattoos. Boys proudly display a tattoo to identify who they are. “Many members of today's military have their identification tags tattooed onto their ribs; known as "meat tags". Most sailors would have tattoos to show “where the sailor had been, or how long the seaman had been travelling. This was a way for sailors to bring tokens from their voyages back on their own skin”.

I have found the technique of scrimshaw, inking a design into bone very similar to tattooing.

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