Tattoos: Remediation & Inked Identity

Tattoos exist in a liminal space. They mark the boundaries between conceptions of identity, bodies, and even communities. While profoundly personal at times, they often exist within the public sphere. In choosing to get tattooed, individuals acknowledge the way their bodies function as “sign vehicles” and the fact that bodies are imbued with meaning by the perceptions of others. So thoughtful (or not so thoughtful) decisions about marking one’s body with text become ways to construct the signs by which individuals and others construct meaning. This exhibit showcases a collection of photographs of tattoos along with the motivation behind the ink. In doing so, the exhibit encourages a conversation about the role of tattoos and remediation in identity formation.


Ashley Rea