Under the Skin: Negotiating the Affect of Tattoo Removal
Keywords: Tattoo Removal, Effacement, Materiality, Affect, Personhood, Subjectivity
AbstractThis autoethnography analyses the construction of personhood in relation to tattoos and their removal by exploring the affective response the author had during his first tattoo removal experience. Influenced by Renato Rosaldo’s imperialist nostalgia, the paper explores how this response was negotiated through the memories of a younger self in conjunction with present circumstances as a graduate student. In doing so, the paper reflects on the ever-changing relationship between the author and the tattoo and the role this connection has played and continues to play within the constitution of the author’s subjectivity.
Copyright (c) 2018 Fraser Kendrick GermAnn
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.Copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.