Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How To Catalog a Tattoo

Some questions to ask:

1. Is it still on the person?
2. Is the person still alive?
3. Is it the design, the placement, the method, the tattooer or the person-as-canvas that we are cataloging?
4. How many points of access do we want before it gets too confusing?

Japanese tattooed men have been known to donate their skin-as-canvas after their death to museums: I'm going to see how they are cataloged there. 
 Probably as works of art.
I looked on WorldCat and found two cataloged tattoos, as well as a record for probably a temporary tattoo:

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