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ERIC Number: EJ774986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Tattoos & Teenagers: An Art Educator's Response
Blair, Lorrie
Art Education, v60 n5 p39-44 Sep 2007
For many North Americans, tattoos reflect hopes, values, or beliefs and act as vehicles to communicate those beliefs to others. For some, tattoos offer a means to reclaim a sense of ownership and control over their body. Tattoos are particularly popular with teenagers who explore their identity through experimentation with their outward appearances and, since the 1990s tattoos have become an established part of youth culture. Art educators can utilize their students' desire to investigate tattoos to create meaningful lessons. In this article, the author provides information about tattooing customs gleaned from anthropology, medicine, sociology, psychology, and art education. The author examines the use of tattoos in popular culture. The author then concludes by offering teaching strategies that address some of the issues raised by tattooing practices. (Contains 4 figures and 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A