1
I can even understand those who would not speak with me, like the
New York tattooist who said that he would talk to me only if I got
tattooed by him-at $200 an hour! As another tattooist explained it,
"Let's face it, graduate theses don't have much to offer, percentage-
wise."
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Bodies and Social Orders
In the text, I often use the terms "North American" and (less so)
"American" to describe what is usually u.S.-specific culture, people,
and styles. While I try to be as specific as possible in my writing,
this is often unavoidable, simply because the English language does
not have an adjective to refer to the United States. I apologize to my
Canadian readers for this usage, as it tends to implicate Canada and
Canadians in statements that mayor may not refer to them.
2
This book was largely researched and written from 1990 to 1995 and
thus does not include many of the changes that have occurred within
the tattoo culture since that time.
3
Readers will notice that this book is almost entirely based on the
ethnography of the middle-class tattoo community. This is not acci-
dental. While I acknowledge that the book would gain from a greater
emphasis on working-class perspectives, my intention in researching
this project was to carry out an in-depth look at the middle class's par-
ticipation in the tattoo culture. Perhaps future researchers will take
on what I have not - an ethnography of working-class tattooing in the
United States-as I believe that only a full ethnography will do justice
to this fascinating subject.
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