Beverly Yuen Thompson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Siena College in Loudonville, NY.
In this book, Beverly Yuen Thompson serves up asophisticated sociology of the skin. From street interactions and familyperceptions to legal constraints and workplace dynamics, she shows how theworld of tattooing interweaves time and again with issues of gender and thebody. As vivid as its subject matter, this book is itself a batch of beautifulink. -Jeff Ferrell,author of Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, an Covered in Ink provides a detailed and gendered look at the lives of heavily tattooed women and how their choices to cover their bodies in ink represents both group belonging, yet a life that is still on the periphery of society, especially so for women who are expected to be pretty and sexy, not covered in large 'unfeminine' tattoos. -Metapsychology Covered in Ink isan excellent addition to the growing body of serious literature on tattooing.Based on extensive ethnographic research and personal experience, the authorfocuses on issues of central interest including beauty, presentation of self,gender roles, deviance, public interaction, and discrimination. The book iswritten in an engaging style and offers a uniquely interesting feminist take onan increasingly popular mode of body alteration. -Clinton Sanders,author of Customizing the Body: The Art and Culture of Tattooing Thompson brings up a number of insightful points regarding self-expression, femininity, and the way in which heavily tattooed women navigate a society that is gradually becoming more accepting. -Utne Reader