Welcome to Margot Mifflin, author of The Blue Tattoo

Margot Mifflin

Margot Mifflin, author of The Blue Tattoo

Author, journalist, and professor: Margot Mifflin’s stories and interests take her into the realm of taboo and outsiders as she explores the stories of women and the tattoos they wear.  Her experience teaching about the tangled issues surrounding women’s tattoos – feminism, self-expression, entertainment, body anxieties – makes her talks an engaging, can’t-miss event.

Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo is the definitive overview on women, their tattoos, and female self-expression. In it, Mifflin skirts the boundary between art and counterculture as she investigates the many ways women have used tattoos to express themselves, lay claim to their own bodies, and challenge the social roles set out for them. Mifflin’s latest book, The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman, digs past 19th century prejudices, assumptions, and mythologizing to uncover a more accurate depiction of a young girl forever branded by her captivity with southwestern Native Americans.

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  1. Posted February 25, 2015 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I think that this is such an awesome concept, of women using tattoos as a way to express themselves, and as an outlet for feminism. My sister and I got matching tattoos a couple years ago to signify our pride of being a woman. I’m glad that somebody is standing up and talking about this, and how it is affecting our society today.

    • Courtney Williams
      Posted April 7, 2015 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your comment, Angela. We couldn’t agree more that female empowerment and body art can be powerfully linked. Margot’s first book “Bodies of Subversion” has just been republished and it provides additional historical information on female tattoos including chapter on tattooing trends in the new millennium. Happy reading!

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