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'No Nation of Experts': Kustom Tattooing and the Middle-Class Body in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia

Hegarty, Benjamin


Tattooing among young middle-class people in Indonesia has increased noticeably since the late 2000s. I draw on ethnographic research in tattoo studios alongside interviews and magazine sources to locate the style known as kustom within its social and cultural context. I describe how kustom tattooing is the product of patterns of consumption centred on the body, drawing resources from a globalised, mass media-saturated environment. Indeed, consumers describe it as an important avenue for...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017-02-19
Type: Journal article
Source: The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2016.1269833


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