Earlier than expected (I was expecting November 2014, but my new publisher has absolutely got their shit together) the second edition is HERE!!
I'm so thrilled to have a chance to republish The Tattooed Lady for a number of reasons, and while a paperback isn't as awe-inspiring as a hardcover, it's still great.
Well, if you've emailed me looking for copies, you can get your hands on a book for less than $100 (yup, they're selling for that much online, which is crazy.) The list price is $19.95 for the paperback and less for the e-book.
You can order online from the usual suspects (Amazon, B&N, etc) but I strongly urge you to find The Tattooed Lady 2 at your local independant bookstore. I've had the opportunity to give talks an a number of amazing local bookstores over the last few years, and I love supporting these local businesses. You can find your closest local store over at IndieBound.
Speaking of events, I've got three events coming up in the next 2 months:
The second edition has a few new images, but more importantly, updates. I've done a ton of biographical research between now and 2009, and I'm thrilled to be able to include that information in the new edition.
The second edition of The Tattooed Lady: A History will be available for sale in late November or early December, and I'm working on planning a release event with People's Books in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood. Stay tuned!
A very long time ago, in a galaxy far far away called graduate school, I wrote a very fun (for me) paper about Haida and Tlingit women's body modification practices. Thanks to Things and Ink's latest issue, The Modification Issue, I was able to revisit some of this research. The Modification Issue is on sale now, get yourself a copy!
In other news, The Tattooed Lady second edition will be going to print soon with Taylor Trade. I've got all my updates in, tracked down photo permissions, substituted a few images... it's going to be wonderful!
While I wait for revisions for my updates to The Tattooed Lady, I'm still writing regularly for two wonderful European tattoo magazines, Z Tattoo out of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Things and Ink, out of the UK.
You may find it curious that I don't have a regular column/writing gig with a US tattoo magazine, as a woman who primarily researches American history... but I don't. To be fair, I've not been asked to. However, I'm not sure I'd be interested. The magazines that I write for are far more woman-positive than most American tattoo magazines are. The articles that I write are well-researched and stress the beauty and strength of tattooed women (and men) not the sensational, freakish, or hyper-sexualized nature that is often covered in US-based magazines.
This is something that I feel strongly about.
I realize that tattooing is a controversial issue for some, but there is too much negative objectification of women (specifically) and name calling/denigration out there. Women who have tattoos are simply that- women who happen to have tattoos. This choice (made for many many reasons) does not mean that tattooed women have set themselves apart for ridicule, hatred, assumtions of sexual availability, etc. Women (and men) come in many shapes, sizes, flavors, personalities.... I could go on. Tattoos do not mark someone as immediately being part of an imagined class of people, they're simply skin decorations. Attitudes about tattooed women have been changing as more modern women have visible tattoos, but old stigmas still persist. Let's work on changing that.
With that in mind, my latest article in Things and Ink is about body shape and tattooed women, you can buy your copy of the Celebration Issue online.
I'm into Chapter 2, editing and adding new details to performer bios for the second edition of The Tattooed Lady and I come across this from the section on Nora Hildebrandt:
"In 1878, her father, a tattoo artist, sent for her from Salt Lake City so they could travel together in the Wild West. They were attacked by the Lakota (Sioux), and Sitting Bull forced her father to tattoo her for a year before he decided he couldn’t torture his daughter any longer and broke his needles. Her father was killed for this, but Nora was rescued by the famous cavalryman General George Crook."