Tattoo Tourism in the Contemporary West and in Thailand

Authored by: Erik Cohen

The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Tourism

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415523516
eBook ISBN: 9780203120958
Adobe ISBN: 9781136324789


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Tattooing and travel are closely related: tattooing is by itself a ‘travelling culture’ (Clifford 1997) par excellence; as de Mello (2000: 14) points out, it is ‘an especially mobile aspect of culture … carried on the bodies of native people who migrate or on the body of travelers coming home from exotic places’; and ‘tattoo tourism’, as travel motivated by the desire to observe or participate in tattoo-related events, or to acquire a tattoo of a particular design or from a noted tattooist, is an emergent variety of ‘special interest’ tourism.

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