One common reason cited for getting a tattoo is to reclaim the (physical) body. It might be a general reclaiming, or focus on a particular part of the body. These tattoos can represent individual agency or control over the tattooed person’s “body narrative,” but also connect them to larger communities. Examples include the use of tattoos relating to marks of self harm, previous addictions, sexual assault, surgery and cancer, trafficking and surviving war. Specifically, these forms of tattoo are popular amongst women and LGBTQ people.
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