by Chris William Martin

Skin, Ink, and Meaning: Podcasts about the Social Semiotics of Tattoos


In this series of podcasts, researcher and professor Dr. Chris Martin sits down with the editor of Ottawa’s Glue Magazine, Cameron Keighley to discuss the chapters of his new book for the Bloomsbury Advances in Semiotics Series,The Social Semiotics of Tattoos: Skin and Self. These podcasts allow Chris to describe the ways in which sociology and social semiotics aid in the study of tattoo meanings, tattoo enthusiasts, and tattoo artists. Among other topics, listeners will follow discussions about symbolic interactionism, Goffman’s dramaturgy, liquid modernity, and multimodality.

Course Outline

Podcast one: Introduction

Podcast two: Tattoos and Tattooing in an Era of Liquid Modernity

Podcast three: The Art and Artist Behind your Tattoo

Podcast four: Tattoo Artists as Artists 

Podcast Five: Permanence as Rebellion

Podcast six: Of Cultural Change and Gendered Bodies

Podcast seven: Art and Aesthetics in Tattoos

Podcast eight: Conclusion 

Chris William Martin | Biography

Dr. Chris William Martin is a professor at Algonquin College, Canada. He has been studying tattoos and tattooing for nearly a decade. This research has culminated in the subject matter of his new book, The Social Semiotics of Tattoos: Skin and Self (2019).