Tattoo Monologues

Indelible Marks on the Body and Soul.

Body art can tell personal stories and much like talking to a caring individual such as a friend or therapist when linked to a difficult or traumatic life may restore one’s sense of well-being.

As a nurse practitioner for over forty years, I’ve become fascinated with the stories behind these tattoos. When I began to ask my female patients about their markings, themes of trauma, pain, and loss emerged and the art indelibly marked on their bodies seemed to play a part in their healing and redemption.  Compelled by this theme, I pledged someday I would create a photo story book bringing them to life. My partner, Ken Kauffman, added the dimension of a film and Dr. John Giugliano, LCSW added a clinical component. 

Authors: Donna L. Torrisi, MSN and John Giugliano, Ph.D. LCSW and Ken Kauffman, Photographer

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