Analysis: Tattoo 5




j wearer: man
j location on body: chest
j colours: unknown
j design: ‘classic’; American flags, eagle, ship
j text: homeward
j approximate size: 30 cm x 30 cm
j probable method/materials: probable electric tattoo machine; ink

j visibility: partially visible to wearer; can be easily hidden by clothes; display of tattoo at the wearer’s discretion
j‘classic’ tattoo design
j how perceived: American patriotism; machismo; war veteran

j historical/cultural context: 1921 United States, post-World War One
j symbolic meanings: war veteran; American nationalism; a souvenir/reminder of world experiences; symbol of toughness; life scars





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-image: Percy Waters, Detroit, Michigan, USA (Schiffmacher 1996:230)-