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Bengtsson Anders, Jacob Ostberg and Dannie Kjeldgaard (2005), “Prisoners in Paradise: Subcultural Resistance to the Marketization of Tattooing”, Consumption, Markets and Culture, Vol. 8, No. 3, 261-274.
This study explores the increasingly popular use of brand symbols as imagery for tattooing. Through interviews with tattoo artists and netnographic research in tattoo communities, we capture a perceived boundary between the sacred, non-commercial sphere of tattooing and the profane, profit maximizing sphere of the commercial world. In the tattoo subcul- ture, brands are generally considered inappropriate for tattooing. Nevertheless, the tattoo artists more or less willingly accept the role of service providers for consumers wishing to embody brand symbols. The commercial sphere hence plays a role in the cultural identity of the tattoo culture as an Otherness, from which the tattoo culture defines itself.