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38788377 Japanese and American Tatoos

38788377 Japanese and American Tatoos

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UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
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May 19, 2008
Kirby Elizabeth Copelin
Master of Arts Art History
The Art of Tattooing: A Comparative Analysis of Japanese and American TattoosMikiko Hirayama, Ph.D.Kimberly Paice, Ph.D.
Teresa Pac, Ph.D.
 
 
The Art of Tattooing:A Comparative Analysis of Japanese and American Tattoos
 
A thesis submitted to theDivision of Research and Advanced Studiesof the University of Cincinnatiin partial fulfillment of therequirements for the degree of MASTER OF ARTSin the Department of Art Historyof the School of Artof the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning2008 by Kirby Elizabeth CopelinB.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 2006Committee Chair: Dr. Mikiko Hirayama
 
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Abstract
Tattoos are not a traditional topic of study for art historians but the growing popularity of this body art merits scholarly discussion. Traditional Japanese body-suittattoos and contemporary American tattoos have grown from long and rich histories intoa contemporary community of thousands of artists. In the first chapter I will discuss thehistory of Japanese tattooing and its iconography. The second chapter will contain ahistory of American tattooing. This chapter will also discuss different styles of Americantattoos, which differ in both subject matter and technique. Finally, in the third chapter Iwill include a comparative analysis of the Japanese and American traditions. I willdiscuss master artists, training methods for artists, the relationship between Japanese printmaking and tattooing, and new innovations in contemporary tattooing. Acomparative analysis of Japanese and American tattooing from an art historical perspective can broaden the breadth of art historical research and study.

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