Analysis: Tattoo 8



j wearer: man
j location on body: lower legs (shins/calves/feet)
j colours: black
j design: argyle/diamond pattern (non-tattooed skin part of the design)
j text: none
j approximate size: 50 cm x 30 cm (x2)
j probable method/materials: electric tattoo machine; ink

j visibility: visible to wearer; can be easily hidden (hidden in winter [pants/socks], visible in warmer weather [shorts, no socks]; display of tattoo at the wearer’s discretion
j‘contemporary’ tattoo; also ‘tribal’ in design
j how perceived: argyle socks

j historical/cultural context: 1970s, Western Europe or North America
j symbolic meanings: artistic/stylized socks; Scottish cultural identity?




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-image: Artist Unknown (Schiffmacher 1996:424)-