|Maud Wagner, tattooist, 1911.|
“Tattoos appeal to contemporary women both as emblems of empowerment in an era of feminist gains and as badges of self-determination at a time when controversies about abortion rights, date rape, and sexual harassment have made them think hard about who controls their bodies—and why,” Mifflin writes in her book's introduction.
The New Yorker's Maria Lokke points out in her slideshow that Mifflin's work and photos are particularly relevant as today marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
To view the Lokke's complete slideshow, click here.
Photograph from “Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo,” by Margot Mifflin, published by PowerHouse Books.