Analysis: Tattoo 3


j wearer: woman
j location on body: side of torso
j colours: blue, red, yellow, green, black
j design: Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico
j text: none
j approximate size: 50 cm x 20 cm
j probable method/materials: electric tattoo machine; ink

j visibility: visible to wearer; can be easily hidden by clothes; display of tattoo at the wearer’s discretion
j‘classic’ tattoo design; religious
j how perceived: religious; Catholicism; Mexican nationalism

j historical/cultural context: contemporary tattoo displays the 16th century Virgin of Guadalupe
j symbolic meanings: a symbol of Mexican and Indian identity and Catholicism; religious faith



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-image: Fred Corbin, San Francisco, USA, date unknown (Schiffmacher 1996:597)-