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Convict Tattoos: Marked Men and Women of Australia

Simon Barnard



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Text Publishing Company
29 August 2016
Body art & tattooing; History
ABBEY'S CHOICE SEPTEMBER 2016 ----- At least thirty-seven per cent of male convicts and fifteen per cent of female convicts were tattooed by the time they arrived in the penal colonies, making Australians quite possibly the world's most heavily tattooed English-speaking people of the nineteenth century. Each convict's details, including their tattoos, were recorded when they disembarked, providing an extensive physical account of Australia's convict men and women. Simon Barnard has meticulously combed through those records to reveal a rich pictorial history. Convict Tattoos explores various aspects of tattooing:from the symbolism of tattoo motifs to inking methods, from their use as means of identification and control to expressions of individualism and defiance:providing a fascinating glimpse of the lives of the people behind the records.
By:   Simon Barnard
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 257mm,  Width: 226mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   705g
ISBN:   9781925240399
ISBN 10:   1925240398
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   29 August 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Convict Tattoos: Marked Men and Women of Australia

'The best thing to happen in Australian tattoo history since Cook landed. A must-have for any tattoo historian.' * Brett Stewart, Australian Tattoo Museum * `This niche subject has proved fertile ground for Barnard-who is ink-free-by providing a glimpse into the lives of the people behind the historical records, revealing something of their thoughts, feelings and experiences.' * Mercury * `The early years of penal settlement have been recounted many times, yet Convict Tattoos genuinely breaks new ground by examining a common if neglected feature of convict culture found among both male and female prisoners.' * Australian *

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