For women, social approval of tattooing practices is based upon the understanding that she will keep her ink small, discrete, and cute--anything more, and she has definitely crossed the line of acceptable inking practices. For others that cross the line, tattooing represents a resistance to social norms of constructed female beauty--their tattoos are large, public, and potentially offensive. This project is for those women that cross the line, become heavily tattooed, and interpret this as an integral part of their identity. Additionally, female tattoo artists face challenges and advantages as they work inside a male dominated profession. Women and Tattoos presents the heavily tattooed women and female tattoo artists through interviews, shop visits, conventions, and personal narratives.
Snakegirl Productions makes documentary videos about subcultural and activist issues.
The Gypsy Queens Published September 25, 2009