Tattoos and Representations of Self

Tattooing, though a permanent modification of the body is subject to fashion trends in the same way as less permanent methods of self-expression such as fashionable clothing. Yet both are used in combination as means of forming personal identity. This study intends to evaluate how heavily (significant areas of tattooed skin which is easily visible) tattooed women and men choose to display their personal identities through dress and appearance. It will explore the female versus the male gaze through theory and practice