This week’s roundup provides written text and visual depictions of the way tattoos have been utilized by different cultures and the fashion industry. While some may argue that tattoos have transformed into a more contemporary presentation of impulsive decisions or vapid displays of art, in some cultures, the tradition has never left. Featuring traditional Inuit skin stitching, traditional and current use of Māori tattoos called moko, and penal tattoos in South Asia, these sources will provide insight on the scope of the power of body art.
About The Author
Alliya Lopez is an MA Fashion candidate at the Creative School at Ryerson University, and she received her B.F.A. in Visual Studies from the University of Calgary. Her interests include diversity and representation in fashion, especially the colorism that takes place in the beauty industry. Born in the Philippines, Alliya has witnessed the prominence of skin whitening practices in Asian communities, and she is passionate about dissecting and analyzing their effects in her research.