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Virtual AfterlivesGrieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century$
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Candi K. Cann

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813145419

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813145419.001.0001

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Wearing the Dead

Wearing the Dead

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(p.49) 2 Wearing the Dead
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Virtual Afterlives
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Candi K. Cann

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813145419.003.0003

Tattoo memorials, in which a deceased person is remembered by being etched into the skin of the bereaved, are another form of mourning clothing, but tattoos are permanent ways of marking grief and, in both virtual and literal ways, are forms of carrying the dead with us in a world where both death and the corpse are denied. The body, though it has disappeared, is remapped onto living flesh to become a symbol of mourning in a world where mourning is denied.

Keywords:   Tattoo memorial, Marginalized grief, Tattoo, Remembrance, Tattoo artist, Cremains

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