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The Tattooed Soldier

Héctor Tobar                                                                                                         

a Picture of Bodyart


“He had broken some sort of taboo, crossed a boundary. Something about this snarling jaguar hinted at madness, unpredictability, bouts of rage. … Longoria was pleased to discover that his tattoo had these unexpected powers.” (p. 242)

Critical Thinking and Discussion Questions

  • How does the city of Los Angeles shape the identities of its inhabitants?
  • How can homelessness be addressed with compassion and practicality?
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Aldama, Arturo J. (Ed.) (2003). Violence and the body: race, gender, and the state.  Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.  HM1116 .V557 2003

Atkinson, Michael. (2003). Tattooed: the sociogenesis of a body art. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.  GN419.3 .A84 2003  

Benthien, Claudia. (2002). Skin: on the cultural border between self and the world. New York: Columbia University Press.  GN191 .B4613 2002

Burton, John. (2001). Culture and the human body: an anthropological perspective. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.  GT495 .B878 2001

DeMello, Margo. (2000). Bodies of inscription: a cultural history of the modern tattoo community. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.  GT2346.U6 D45 2000

DeMello, Margo. (2007). Encyclopedia of body adornment. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. On order

Durfee, Dale. (2000). Tattoo.  New York: St. Martin's Griffin. GN419.3 .D87 2000

Featherstone, Mike (Ed.). (2000). Body modification.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. GT2343 .B63 2000

Houston, Stephen D., David Stuart, and Karl Taube. (2006). The memory of bones: body, being, and experience among the classic Maya.  Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.  F1435.3.A7 H68 2006

Saltz, Ina. (2006). Body type: intimate messages etched in flesh. New York: Abrams Image. GT2345 .S25 2006

Sullivan, Nikki. (2001). Tattooed bodies: subjectivity, textuality, ethics, and pleasure. Westport, CT: Praeger. GN419.3 .S85 2001

Thomas, Nicholas, Anna Cole, and Bronwen Douglas (Eds.). (2005). Tattoo: bodies, art, and exchange in the Pacific and the West. Durham, Duke University Press, 2005. GN419.3 .T37 2005 

Videos / DVDs
Available at the Library Media Center, Library North 3rd Fl.

Web Resources Tattoo History – Maya.

Villanova University Office of Health Promotion. About body art and piercing.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Bodies of culture.

Smithsonian. AnthroNotes Winter 2001.


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