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Buszek, Elena Maria. Pin-Up Grrls: Feminism Sexuality Popular Culture. Google Books. Google Books, 2010. Web. 07 Nov,2010

Clark, Baley. “Noyes Museum exhibit celebrates the art of tattoos New Noyes exhibit in Hammonton draws its inspiration from tattoos.” (2010): n. pag. Web. 1 Dec 2010.)

Crianza, Hannah. Personal Interview by Ashlee Rocha. 070112010.
Douglas, Susan. Where The Girls Are: Growing Up Female With The Mass Media. Google Books. Google Books, 2010. Web. 07 2010
Silke, Jim. About The Bettie Page Rules: The Pin-Up Battles Of The Classic Beauties And Bombshells Of The 1950s In Over 300 Rare Photographs And Original Artwork. Google Books. Google Books, 2010. Web 07,2010.
Spitz, Marc. We Got The Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story Of L.A. Punk. Google Books. Google Books. 2010. Web. 07 Nov, 2010.



Today tattoos are seen everywhere on everyone from men to women and young to old. Many celebrities have tattoos giving society the official “okay”to follow in their footsteps. Tattoos have not only become popular and the thing to do, but are actually a form of art. Members of the Rockabilly sub-culture practice this art by displaying meaningful tattoos on their blank canvas they call their bodies. Not only do people call tattoos a form of art, today it has actually entered fine art museums such as the Noyes Museum where tattoos are exhibited. According to tattoo artist, Titus,” It’s not only just an exhibition of the work, but we wanted it to be informative to people who don’t think tattooing is an art.” By allowing tattooing to be showcased in fine art museums helps to open the door to higher culture and confirm how mainstream tattoos really are. Society didn’t always used to be as accepting as it is today. During the 1950s people viewed tattoos negatively and weren’t open to change. Christians believed tattoos damaged the body that symbolized a temple of purity. Others felt they were not traditional and a form of rebellion. It wasn’t common or socially normal for a house wife to show much skin let alone have a tattoo. The only women brave enough to challenge the boundaries of being a woman were only found in one place, freak shows.



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