Dr. John Scott on Male Sex Work

I interviewed Dr. John Scott about his co-edited anthology, “Male Sex Work and Society.” This interview is for my online sociology course on the topic of deviant behavior and subcultures. In this video, Dr. Scott overviews some of the dominant social issues related to male sex work such as: sexuality and identity, decriminalization, the cost of criminalizing sex workers, sex tourism, gender and feminism, and female clients.


9/18/15 Covered in Ink on Irish radio!

moncrieffCovered in Ink: Tattoos, Women, and the Politics of the Body will be featured on The Moncrieff Show, on Newstalk 106-108fm, Move the Dial, in Dublin, Ireland. This will be a live call in at 9am on EST, or 2pm local time in Dublin. 

Book contract with NYU Press!

I was just granted a book contract with NYU Press to publish “Covered Women: Challenging The Social Stigma of Ink.” The book will come out sometime in mid-2014. My first book!

Book Description: 

Tattoos are now considered mainstream, with an estimated twenty-five to thirty percent of all adults having at least one. Reality television and the fashion industry have immersed the mainstream American living room into tattoo culture. And more people than ever are getting tattoos—especially women. According to tattooists, women now comprise over fifty percent of all clientele! While Miami Ink and LA Ink are making the tattooing experience assessable to the public, the tattoo community reminds us that it is still television, with all its misrepresentations, distortions, and exclusions. Covered Women: Navigating the Social Stigma of Ink goes beyond the superficiality of reality television and describes the experiences and social context of heavily tattooed women via empirical sociological research. Covered Women will appeal to a mainstream audience captivated by tattoo culture, students, social scientists, and the curious.

While there are books and academic articles on the practice of tattooing, these writings cover limited and stereotypical areas: indigenous cultures’ use of body modification, criminal and gang related tattooing, psychological disorder literature, photography books, and the history of men in tattooing. Covered Women is different. Covered Women describes the contemporary American tattooing community, women’s tattoo narratives, social reactions, provides historical balance, and includes stunning photographs.

Covered Women’s main objective is to present the experience of heavily tattooed women: their love of ink, their imagery selection, their experiences of prejudice from strangers, family, employers, and impacts of media representations. While other books and media focus exclusively on the tattoo designs, Covered Women takes a macro-sociological approach to understanding heavily tattooed women in society as they struggle with gender norms, employment discrimination, family rejection, and social stigma.  Women’s experiences within the tattoo community are so very rarely mentioned within tattoo books; therefore, a book devoted to their place in this subculture is imperative. Covered Women is based upon five years of ethnographic research in the United States’ tattooing community. Utilizing participant observation, interviews, and visual sociological artifacts (photography and documentary film)—this book provides an insight into the world of women and tattooing—the only book based upon such in-depth, empirical, nationwide, and visual research.