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Meaning of tattoos and the views given by people

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Meaning of tattoos and the views given by people. In today’s society tattoos undergo a number of stereotypical views depending on the person you speak to. Tattoos create a division in society between attraction and rejection. Moreover, they also build a wall between people based on each individuals alternating view of tattoos.

Some say that a tattoo will ruin a person’s chances of landing a distinguished job, or that a person with a tattoo is a criminal or belongs to a gang, or installing fear in parents as their children gaze up at a passerby who has a vast number of tattoos etched onto their skin.

However, others embrace the art of tattoo as a form of personal expression, using their body as a canvas to tell a story that their words simply cannot capture, or some people just get tattoos to memorialise a friend or loved ones passing. The generational gap between the baby boomers and their rebellious Generation X and Y offspring has fuelled the hot topic debate of tattoos as a societal acceptance. Tattooing in modern society exists in a state of complexity.

SOCIETY AND TATOOS

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Increased popularity of tattoos, as evidenced by its prevalence in the media and the growing numbers of tattooed individuals, seems to suggest society’s acceptance of tattooing as a social norm.

The reality is that a large percentage of today’s young adults have at least one tattoo, most people even our friends and family, aged 18 to 35 may have a tattoo that we don’t even know about. One would think that the negative stigmas associated with tattoos would have diminished by now, after all we do live in the twenty-first century.

Of course that is not the case and if you are thinking of getting a new tattoo you need to realize that tattoos are still considered taboo in many professional jobs. Some individuals still despise the idea of body art, and reject the claim that tattoos are a result of artistic expression.

TATOOS AND EMPLOYMENT

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– The issue of tattoos has been examined from an employer perspective as well. -Tattoos use to be considered part of a counterculture, that those with tattoos deviated from those of mainstream society.

-For years many people associated tattoos with the likes of gangs, bikers and other groups that were thought to operate outside of the social centre. However in today’s society, tattoos have gained a wider social acceptance and more people, men and woman alike, are getting them.

People with tattoos work in a vast variety of industries and hold entry-level jobs. Though tattoos have become more accepted in society as a whole, there is still that discrimination present against individuals with tattoos.

-Certain employers would definitely think twice about hiring a young lady that sports a vast amount of sleeve tattoos, unfortunately many would judge this young lady not on her abilities but based on her bodily artworks. And this is an unfortunate essence for today’s youth who have fully embraced tattoos as a means of expression.

ANSWERS TO WHY TATOOS?

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-Explanations vary on why so many people are getting tattoos as well as how society now perceives tattoos considering its growing popularity. The media has an enormous influence in propelling the “tattooed” trend and determining social response to increased tattooing

-The media has the power to regulate how much attention is given to tattoos and how audiences process and evaluate the information. Since the 1990s, tattoos appeared in every facet of the media including magazines, popular and scholarly literature, movies, and the entertainment industry at large.

-Simply the prevalence of tattoos in the media has affected society’s perception of tattoos by increasing society’s exposure to tattoos. Increased exposure is critical in normalising the practice. The more aware society is of tattooing, the more tattooing is accepted into society.

CELEBRITIES AND TATTOOS

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-Televison shows such as LA Ink and Miami Ink go beyond normal exposure to show audiences the behind‐the‐scenes activities of two famous tattoo parlours.

-In American culture, celebrities’ roles extend beyond their job titles to include fashion icon, role model and all around public figure. -Society, in essence, looks to celebrities to set social norms. When celebrities began coming out in public with tattoos on their bodies, society accepted tattoos as a new social norm.

-It is this social norm that some sociologists believe spurred tattoos’ popularity among non‐ celebrity individuals in the 1990s. More so than a fashion statement, celebrities’ display of their tattoos served as a statement of acceptance.

-Tattoos became permissible. Celebrities debunked the stereotypical tattooed individual and elevated tattoos to a higher status.

AGE AND TATTOOS

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-The negative relationship that exists between age and having a tattoo best exemplifies the complexity of tattooing’s existence in today’s society.

Tattoos are much more prevalent among individuals of younger generations than they were among individuals of older generations.

-This illustrates both tattooing’s growing popularity and its failure to gain full social acceptance. Indeed, tattooing has become increasingly prevalent since its advancement during the tattoo renaissance.

However this growing popularity appears to have only occurred amongst the youth. Youth have always been considered the vehicles through which social and cultural change take place. The tattooing phenomenon has employed the youth to expand its acceptance as well.

-The commodification of tattooing has been primarily focused on a younger audience with the media emphasizing tattoo’s inherent coolness and association with rebellion.

Rebellion, despite typically interpreted as being negative, appeals to the younger generations who seek to break free from authoritative figures. Older generations’ general aversion to tattooing can be explained by their retention of traditional characterizations of tattooing.

When individuals of the older generations were the same age as today’s youth, tattooing was instinctively perceived as a deviant practice. Unlike today, deviance in those days was neither desired nor accepted in society.

CONCLUSION
So how long will society’s alternating views on tattoos continue to divide us.

The popularity of tattoos is booming and those without them, or simply those who continue to possess negative views on tattoos, could soon be in the minority.

Today tattooing has become so prevalent despite its retention of marginal characteristics that society is being forced to develop a new perhaps conflicted perception of tattooing.  The media along with a rebellious youth of today have attempted to paint an image of tattooing as a pro‐social and self‐expressive art form applicable to every member of society.

Yet as quickly as judgments are made, they are not quickly forgotten. Modern society could be unable to grant tattooing acceptance because of its long history of stigmatisation and because of those who resent them. Till we meet again next week, stay safe Covid-19 is real!!

Source – H-Metro

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