From naïve artists to integrated professionals
The portrayal of tattoos in Sarah Hall’s The electric Michelangelo and Alan Kent’s Voodoo pilchard
in Tattoos in crime and detective narratives
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

Drawing on Howard Becker’s classic sociological analysis of different art worlds, this chapter analyses the portrayal of tattooing as cultural practice in Sarah Hall’s The electric Michelangelo and Alan Kent’s Voodoo pilchard, and the portrayal of the sites in which that practice is situated both discursively and geographically. The portrayal of the tattoo in recent fiction points to a radical instability in the perceived status of tattooing as social practice. The social practice of tattooing is situated in the context of rapid commercial development on the one hand; and of the activities of a ‘criminal’ underworld on the other. The chapter considers the legitimacy of tattoos as serious art in the early twentieth century and today, and the effects of this on the politically transgressive potential of the practice.

Editors: Kate Watson and Katharine Cox

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 90 23 3
Full Text Views 15 2 0
PDF Downloads 4 2 0