Marking the Mother: mothers, tattoos & how we break all the rules of motherhood

Laurel Swenson

2000, 25:00 minutes, colour, English


Tattoos may be OK in Rolling Stone, but we don't see them in the pages of the Good Parenting magazine. As a society we have very particular ideas of who is a good mother.
When a mother has large tattoos marked across her body she does not fit this ideal. Mothers who mark their bodies defy dominant ideas of what a mother is supposed to be.

This video is about 'bad mothers' - mothers who have broken the rules of mother hood.

Marking The Mother is a reflective documentary in which the director ruminates upon the experiences of being a mother with publicly visible tattoos. Six tattooed mothers are interviewed and asked to mull over an apparent contradiction - mothers are not expected to permanently mark their bodies and women with these marks are not expected to be mothers.

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