Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Kustom Tattoo Gloves

The gloves are all vintage gloves, thrifted, hunted and found by Ellen. She has always been a scavenger and a lover of old things. The gloves are a window into a feminine existence that seemed exotic to her. She never saw growing up in the late 70's and 80's anyone who wore gloves to church, weddings, and funerals as they had just a few decades earlier. They represented a kind of formality that was all about control of sexual desires- after all gloves were for modesty, they kept you from having a sensual contact with your hands- they somehow kept you "clean".

In contrast the traditional American tattoo is a symbol of masculine adventure, rebellion and sexual exploits. At the same time gloves were a staple of "good" American women, tattoos were only for sailors bikers and criminals. No proper woman also had tattoos- especially not on her hands!

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