Tagged: ‘other’

Visual Culture, Identity & Representations in the Media

Media representation of tattooed individual tend to be limited to dangerous machismo and “otherness”, outlaws and outcasts.

Here are some examples:

Vern Schillinger in HBO TV series Oz (1997-2003) – Aryan brotherhood crime syndicate

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That ’70s Show: Season 3, Episode 22: Eric’s Drunken Tattoo (2001)
The bookish character of Eric get’s a tattoo to prove how masculine and dangerous he is

Psychotic criminal Max in Cape Fear (1991) – classic representation of “other”, machismo and danger

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) represents both outlaw and outcast with her behaviour, her style and her tattoos

Reference

Beeler, Karin E. Tattoos, Desire and Violence: Marks of Resistance in Literature, Film and Television. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006. Print.

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Context & Identity

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“The context that we live in always shapes the way you identify yourself and the way others identify you”

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Being Black is not a matter of pigmentation – being Black is a reflection of a mental attitude.” – Steve Bantu Biko

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In talking to people about race – here is a helpful tip <http://youtu.be/b0Ti-gkJiXc>

(1)ne drop also has a FB page with lots of excellent related stories around colourism/ shadism/ racism

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How does the context you live in effect how others see you? how you see yourself?