Skin Deep: Tattoos, the Disappearing West, Very Bad Men, and My Deep Love for Them All

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Harcourt, 2003 - Social Science - 294 pages
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Believing herself a daughter of the West, Karol Griffin took the myths of the place-and of the outlaw-on faith. When she walked into the Body Art Workshop in Laramie, Wyoming, she found what she was looking for: a culture on the fringe of polite society, complete with outlaw signature. Soon Karol was a full-time tattoo artist, an occasional outlaw, and a tattooed woman looking for love in all the wrong places. By the mid nineties, the West had been invaded by suburban culture; and tattoos had become a mass commodity of coolness, compelling Karol to go even farther to find the authentic outsiders she romanticized. She eventually hooked up with a real old-fashioned Wyoming outlaw, complete with felony convictions and out-standing warrants-which is how Karol wound up looking down the barrel of a gun held by a tattooed caricature of true love.

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The combination of writer, photographer, and tattoo artist defines the unique professional life of Wyoming-based Griffin. Her debut is part autobiography, part social commentary on the (formerly ... Read full review


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Karol Griffin is a tattoo artist and photographer who lives in Laramie, Wyoming. Her photos of skin, tattooed and otherwise, have been exhibited throughout the West. This is her first book.

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