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The art of the ink

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“Um, I think they are in the New Age section.” “Somewhere in the Cultural Studies section.” “They are mixed in, it’s a tiny subsection.” In this Manhattan Barnes & Noble, books on tattoos are not prominently displayed at the front, or anywhere, in the store. Employees, two of which have visible tattoos, make guesses and vaguely gesture in the general direction where they might be found.  It was easy to understand the confusion. The books were scattered in the “Cultural Studies” section (across from “New Age”), which in itself was an odd assortment of titles that didn’t deserve their own subheading. Titles like Tattoo Sourcebook, and 1000 Biker Tattoos, full of skulls and roses and images of generic tattoos one…

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