Oral Accounts and Visual Inscriptions: Narratives under Heavily Tattooed Skin

  • Vitor Sérgio Ferreira
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)


Heavily tattooed bodies are commonly found among young people today. As João, a 24-year-old Lisbon tattooist said to me recently, “Everything, absolutely everything, has changed. From month to month and from year to year, I notice that there are more and more supporters of tattoos.” One of his customers, Luis, a 23-year-old shelf stacker, went further, saying that “Society is being forced to open its doors to our scenes … And this will grow. I think it’s going to reach the point of exaggeration. Even if it’s not the majority, lots of people will keep getting piercings and tattoos.”


Young People Personal Interview Body Modification Body Project Visual Inscription 
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