Year Approved


First Advisor

Terry, Artie


The following rhetorical analysis examines the various forms of tattoo stigma presented in the first American television program about tattooing, Miami Ink. This work includes the origins of tattoos and their development in North America. Within this framework, the varieties of tattoo stigma are discussed. The theory of Stigma and The Narrative Paradigm Theory are utilized to examine the narratives addressing tattoo stigma presented in Miami Ink.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis