As the years move forward and tattoos become more and more common amongst today’s growing youth and working population, questions of whether this is moral or immoral have both started to arise. Weather the argument is that “tattoos will make you less productive in a formal occupational setting”, or whether it is a form of self-expression, and a new age form of art. Other arguments include whether or not they can be harmful to your personal health, do they hinder success, or do they affect the way that the wearer is judged and categorized in every day society.
years. Based on the discovery of tattoos on mummies and other historical records, tattooing is believed to have existed since Bronze Age. The practice of tattooing was followed by various cultures from ancient Egypt to Japan, Greece, Rome, Polynesian islands, and Americas before getting infused into the modern Western culture. Tattooing has held various meanings and purposes during different times. Some of the main reasons for getting tattooed were, these represented the identity of a cultural group; to show affiliation to religious, cultural, social or professional groups; to show masculinity and strength; for medical reasons; for punishing convicts and rebels; for branding slaves; and for self-expression. However, in the modern times, tattooing
Piercing skin repeatedly with a sharp needle dipped in ink sounds like it would deter people from attaining tattoos, but humans have been tolerant of this pain since the beginning of time. In fact, the Egyptians started tattooing around 4000 B.C (Lineberry). To create a tattoo, a needle has to pierce the second layer of skin known as the dermis (Noonan). After that, ink is rubbed into these pinpricks and the design should be covered, otherwise an infection may set in, seeing as the end result is very similar to an open wound (Noonan). This slightly complicated process did not stop our inked ancestors, though. In Cassandra Franklin- Barbajosa’s article, she notes that the earliest tattooed person was found
Tattoos have played a role in human societies since their inception, as pieces of cultures and rituals across the world. To many, having a tattoo is an outward way of expression. However, the prejudice have not disappeared and are still greatly diminishing. In the article Inked Well, David Kirby examines the aspects of tattoo’s history, as well as tattoo’s iconic popularity among today 's middle class. Kirby’s stereotypical views on the tattooed “victims” quickly change as he goes on to interview some local tattooes of Tallahassee, Florida.
If minors were able to get tattoos whenever they want without parent permission tattoo parlors would make a lot more money. It will also give people less of a reason to complain about it. When a tattoo has a special meaning that stands for something close to a person’s heart it is more than just an ink stain on their skin.According to studies about 10% of teenagers in the U.S. have a tattoo which is a significantly higher number than it was ten years ago.Tattooing can be considered a permanent and slightly painful art form or a senseless ink stain. Everyone has their own opinion about teens getting tattoos but at the end of the day the opinion that really matters is the teens because they are the ones that are going to have to live with their tattoo for the rest of their life.
A topic that the Marine Corps has been debating for the past decade is whether or not there should be a policy regarding tattoos. It has been a constant struggle to balance the personal desires of the individual Marine and maintain the appearance of professionalism that is expected of the Marine Corps. A tattoo policy definitely needs to be in place in order to maintain a positive perception, sustain good order and discipline, and provide a standard of uniformity.
When someone mentions tattooing or tattoos, the first reason that comes to mind as to why someone would get a tattoo is that it was done for the aesthetic appeal, as a sort of piece of art done on the body, but now after looking at it using sociological imagination perspective, I realise that tattoos have very different meanings to those who have them. Some people do in fact choose to get tattoos solely for the aesthetic appeal, however there a great deal of more who get tattoos for other reasons.
“We realize the fact a person simply has a visible tattoo doesn't prohibit them from being an effective law enforcement officer,” said Hunter, noting, uniformity in appearance and dress, as evident by the clothes they wear, is not only historic, but important to solidifying public perception.
A person only has one first impression. This does not mean that the person is who they seem to be. The story behind their body art shows their personality and who they are. What led them to choose the outfit they are wearing or why they chose to dye their hair also factors into this. A person is also defined by what they say but especially by what they have permanently on their body. My friend Shivani Recinto has many things that are defined as body art. Shivani has multiple piercings and a tattoo that define her past, expresses her fashion and her passions in life.
First of all, tattoos haven’t completely been accepted by society. When a person gets a tattoo, it limits its opportunities in life because of their negative association. One can even see it in job opportunities. Many companies wouldn’t hire a person with tattoos. Since, they don’t hold a professional appearance that business owners want from their subordinates. It detracts from a professional appearance. As a result, when one sees a person with a tattoo, one focus more on the tattoo than on the person. Therefore, many people have trouble finding employment.
Most of everyone who goes in, goes in for a tattoo that has meaning or to make them feel beautiful. It is the same for piercings, people go in to get piercings to feel more like themselves and to define them as a person. My personal experience with tattoos, is the meaning of each. I have a small tattoo on my ankle that I got with my best friend that symbolizes that we are different, yet the same. My tattoo on my arm, I got matching with my boyfriend that are the four elements, he got two of them and I got the other two and the characteristics that go with each element defines us. My last tattoo is of a daisy with a yin yang symbol in the middle of it, and to me that shows the balance of life and to always remember that there’s going to be good and bad but to always be positive. Personally, I see tattoos as a way of expression of who you are and by looking at somebody’s tattoos, I can sometimes see that type of person they are. In a way, body modification is used to make yourself stand out and be unique compared to others, and I think it is absolutely
Whether it be a dragon, tribal marking, Asian character, or a simple phrase, thousands of people get tattoos daily. Tattoos play a significant role in self-expression and identity since ancient times. Tattoos can be recreational, cultural, symbolic, or just stylistic. For some people, it is an expression of identity and personal beliefs. This is exactly the case for Leslie Jamison. She tells the story of her tattoo in “Mark My Words. Maybe.” The Latin phrase “homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto” is on Jamison’s forearm. In English, this translates to “I am human: nothing human is alien to me.” This is a quote about understanding and accepting humanity (Jamison 458). Throughout her story, she elaborates her personal reasons for getting the
The practice of modifying one’s skin as a means of expression has been active for as long as 5300 years (Haskings-Winner, Collichaw, Kritzer, & Warecki, 2011). However, in modern day societies the stigma against body modification, including tattoos is still prevalent. To understand why people of a North American influence would subject themselves to this potential undermining, one must first uncover what motivates a person to permanently enhance their skin. Primarily, research into the topic, history, traditions, modern meanings, was conducted using printed resources, online databases, and online-published journals. Notes and condensed summaries of said research was used to create survey questions and a general audience was decided. Once the survey was conducted, the results were tabulated and analysed so that a conclusion could be determined. In this study, southern Canadians are questioned about their motivations to get tattoos, and results are compared to ancient tattoo traditions from other cultures to conclude that southern Canadians, more often than not, do attach profound personal meaning to their tattoos.
Millenniums are the new trend-setters of this era. The younger generations started getting tattoos as a form of self-expression rather than following strict coming-of-age ceremonies as done since the traditional origins of this fashion statement. “Motivations for the acquisition of tattoos and body piercings seem to be diverse …however, most frequently ..[i]s the expression of individuality” (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1743-6109.2012.02791.x/full) . Professor Violetta Skrzypulec-Plinta did a research study concerning the correlations between tattoos and body modification, age, and sexual activity. In this field experiment, she interviewed 250 adults, half of whom had tattoos, about their sexual behavior and found a trend. She found that the median age of people who chose to get tattoos was 23.5 years old, and were highly sexually active. “About 73 percent of people [got] their first tattoo between 18 and 22 years of age, and an estimated 40 percent of Millennials have a tattoo” per Pew Research Center (USA Today). This increase in tattooing in young people mirrors the trend of tattooing in the older people (men and women) during the Post-Modern Era. This shows how tattoos were getting more widely accepted in society, and anxiety over the tattoo’s symbolism was mostly
This research was carried out not to only show awareness toward the society but also why people should take art seriously. Often times, we can see lots of people debating whether art is important or not. This happened because the lack of exposure and knowledge that has been taught to them.