May 2nd, 2010

(Leslie)third participant


May 2nd, 2010

Anotated Bibliography


Pierced Hearts and true love, A century of drawings for tattoos. Drawing center and Don Ed Hardy. The Drawing center, New York Handy Marks Publications. Honolulu, 1995

This book depicts the art of tattooing since the beggining of time, and the pioneering tattoo artists of the 20th Century. In Pierced hearts, I learned about the symbolism that tatoos held in the first part of the 19’00s. this book also dedicates a section to the first women who showcased their tatoos in public: Freak shows as some used to call them. Most of these women where married to tattoo artist who would use their bodies as canvases. This book also talks about how tattooed women used to be scrutinized because of their marked bodies not taking into account their motive of liberation from the social norm of the time towards what was acceptible.


Celebrity Skin. Tattoos, brands, and body adornments of the stars. Jim Gerard. Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2001

This book showcases the tattoos that celebrities like Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, The Dixie Chicks, and Angelina Jolie plus many more artist have. Celebrity Skin focuses on a photo collection of the tattoos and body art of the celebrities. It also gives an inside look to the meaning of the body art on celebrities and the trends that some tend to follow.


The methods that I will be using are of Ethnographical nature. I will be conducting field work, interviews, observation, participant observation, and documentation.

I will use a qualitative approach in my research since I will focus on a few individuals . Some at the tattoo shop which is one of the places I plan to do field work in and with one or two participants elsewhere who are tattooed.

My research will also include the participatory method of photo-documentation, in which I will be taking pictures as a medium for interpretation for research purposes.

While conducting my field work experience I will be fulfilling the interview process and acquring relevant information with open ended questions.

By doing the  observation of my participants I plan to capture photos and get an insight into the world of being tattooed  before and after the interview.

Last, I plan to document all my gathered information from my interviews and use them along with photos taken using the photo-documentation process used in visual sociology.


The ethical considerations that I will apply with my participants will be outlined during my initial encounter with themusing informed consent when I will introduce myself and explain the type of project that I am working on and ask for their permission to interview them, include their names, take photos and include the photos in the project.

I will also explain to my participants that their responses from the interview and photos taken will be exposed in front of a Visual Sociology class and upcoming Visual Sociology classes. I will make sure that I use integrity and respect in every aspect of my research process.I will make sure to explain to my participants that they can withdraw from the interview. I hope that the outcome of my research paper shows my participants in a very benefiting light. My intention with this project is to depict how Americans, celebrities and non-celebrities have made tattoos a beautiful and meaningful part of their culture.

Paper Tiger Television and Collective

April 12th, 2010

1.The main goals of the Television broadcasts are to include shows that provide critical analysis of media, educate about communications industry, and highlight issues that are absent from mainstream sources.

2.The members of this group are :volunteer-based artists who are interested in a form of activism.

3.The group works as a collective.

4.I would definitely like to be part of  the paper tiger community,it seems fascinating to me the whole idea of going outside the box when it comes to broadcasting, communications, media and left ideals per say.

There is a link to a documentary that takes place in Sunset  Park, Brooklyn about gentrification in that working class neighborhood which caught my eye:)

Visual resistance

April 12th, 2010

In the realm of Hip Hop, graffiti is definitely one of the components of the culture.

Ethical Consideration-Consent from Participants

March 24th, 2010

In order to attain consent from my participants I am planning to go to different sources  to attain information relevant to my research . First, I intend to go to web sites which have galleries of celebrity tattoos, also look at magazines where celebrity tattos are displayed. Secondly, I plan to imbed the other aspect of American tattoo culture in my research: non-celebrity normal day to day people which use tattoos to define their culture.

March 24th, 2010

This picture was taken of myself, my upper back specifically where I have a tatoo that reads the words in spanish: “Queridos hijos Prometo siempre Amarlos y Protegerlos”. The translation to that is : dear sons promise to always love and protect you. I got this tatoo after the birth of my son Lenny about three years ago. I find captivating the symbolism quality that tatoos can acquire when they are meaningful. I chose to have it done on my left side as all my other tatoos purposely. Since my research paper will be on tatoos defining American culture, I chose to present images taken and found of the art.This image was taken from a website called  and it captures Johny Depp, an American celebrity who incorporates tatooes into his personal style, making it look acceptable if you understand the tatoo culture in America. In order to get a tatoo, you should have a clear idea of what the tatoo will look like. Otherwise, it might not be what you expected compelling you to have it removed.

Final proposal

March 17th, 2010

After much thought I have came up with the final  resolution of  Addiction to ink(tatoos) being my last and final topic. The reason why I feel drawn and attracted to such a form of body  art as I have put it to some people who are not submerged or involved in the topic is number one because I  like the way tatoos look on skin, I think they can be beautiful if done artistically if localized in certain areas of the body. I have three of my own, and plan to get more. I have ideas of what I want next, however  I am still debating on what place in my body, which is controversial  for some factors that involve  the moral and ethical standards that imply leaving them uncovered at my place of work . I happen to know family members who have extensive areas of their bodies tattooed. Number two, I believe tatoos are a medium of expression,liberating in every sense by breaking gender and cultural norm barriers. I also find that compared to men, tattooed American women in todays  society have learned how to transition to the role of a non-summisive,culturally autonomous,norm initiator if they are tattoed.

Mini fieldwork Experience

March 7th, 2010

Critical Reflection

My fieldwork experience in few words can be described as fast and exciting,just as fast food is ,and the Student Life Union Cefeteria as being an exciting place to gather and see familiar faces. Maybe I am speaking in my own terms when I say exciting because as I told Bianca,my partner in this mini-project it was the first time setting foot in any cafeteria on campus. In the first role play scenario, I took the role of Dr. Researcher studying the quality of the dining facilities on Queens College Campus.

Introduction to topic

I began the fieldwork  by saying: I am doing a study on the quality of the dining facilities on Queens College Campus,would you mind if I asked you a few questions on the topic?


The setting was the Student life Dinner or cafeteria, on that day it wasn’t crowded, there was plenty of chairs and tables available, the decor was very appealing and inviting, in a 1950’s style. Most booths were occupied, however they looked comfy. There was also a section in the back, where students could hang out in an open space where there were also chairs available, and I saw a pool table.

I observed there being plenty of choices for a student to eat in the order section. There were healthy choices, cold foods, pizza and such, and even soups.


Here are the five open ended questions that were formulated to ask the participant in order to create dialogue :

1. Do you eat  on campus often, and if you do on a scale of 1-10 how would you rate the Student Life Cafeteria?

2. How often do you eat on Campus?

3. Compared to other food  locations, what types of food would you like to see at the Campus Cafeteria

4. What do you think the seating arrangements of the Cafeteria promote?

5. Why would you say that the food on Campus is affordable or expensive?


My partner and myself took the task of walking first to the Student Union Cafeteria, where we took many pictures of things that we thought were meaningful to the topic, then we got back to the classroom we did photoelicitation by trying to explain the point of pictures taken by asking questions. First, here are some of my participants answers to my questions:

Participant said she rates Campus food a 7 on a scale of 1-10.That is why she eats on Campus twice a week. She said she enjoys the food on campus, however has stopped eating as much because of the price, and also the tax imposed on the food which started just last semester. Last, she likes the seating arrangements because they are comfortable and she said it promotes group gathering and social interaction.

I think that in general,the role of  the participant is easier than the researcher because, you are answering questions that you could give your honest opinion on, however the researcher has to formulate open-ended questions that could be hard to thinks of.

I enjoyed the experience because it was a warm-up for what is to be expected when we work on our final projects, at the same time I felt comfortable because I worked with a classmate as opposed to asking questions and introducing yourself to a stranger, which compells me to think that for my final project I definitely want to work on a topic that I feel comfortable making my way through,participants and all.

Poposal for topic

February 24th, 2010

The topics that come to my head at this moment and that are tangible at the same time are: first choice:living and teaching kids with special needs. Second,addiction to ink(tatoos) .

After some brainstorming and thoughtfully coming up with a topic for my project in which children will be the main subjects per se. I thought about touching up on the controversy of where is it better to raise kids in, America or country of origin from the perspective of a hispanic immigrant.

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