Communication: Documents on skin: tattoos and underlying messages

Elaine Ménard, Alexandre Fortier

Abstract


This project examines the tattoo as a document using 18 in-depth interviews. The preliminary analysis of the results indicates the  importance of distinguishing between tattoos that  bear meaning and those that are purely  aesthetic, and the fact that the two types may coexist. They  also emphasize the importance of  preserving the original aspect of the tattoo , even when visually ill-loved or associated with bad  memories, thus testifying to the documentary function of certain tattoos.

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