First published in 1997, Margot Mifflin's book Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo is still the only collected photographic history detailing the culture of tattooed women and female tattoo artists. Today, tattooed women outnumber men in America. The 3rd edition of the book, out in February 2013 through powerHouse Books, includes over 50 new photos that feature everything from Kat Von D's influence on the tattoo world to Victorian women who considered tattoos to be forms of personalized couture. Check out some photos from the book below. Seeing all these tattooed ladies make us want to go out and get inked!
Legendary Bowery tattooist Charlie Wagner tattooing an unknown woman. Don and Newly Preziosi Collection.
Betty Broadbent, 1920s. Courtesy Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Cindy Ray, 1962. Courtesy Randy Johnson.
Back piece by Saira Hunjan. Courtesy Hunjan.
Tattoo by Sky, L'art du Point. Courtesy the artist.
All images from Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo by Margot Mifflin, published by powerHouse Books.