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Tattoos become trendy

By Jennifer Tellez

Tattoos seem to be becoming more of a trend. Many years ago it was only “acceptable” for men in the military to have tattoos. “The first permanent tattoo shop in New York City was set up in 1846 and began a tradition by tattooing military servicemen from both sides of the civil war.” Tattoos weren’t only just on sailors but for prisoners and gangs, also.

Growing up in a generation where everything is changing – new technology, new music, new everything – tattoos have been became a big deal to some people. When people talk about tattoos, their explanation as to why they wanted to have something on them forever is either: “This means something important to me” or “I love this design”.

Tattoos aren’t seen anymore as a symbol of being in a gang or those who serve our country, but as something that represents what we go through or something we love. “Today, 36 percent of Americans aged 18-25 have at least one tattoo.” (Pew Research Center.)

In every culture tattoos represent something different. Tattooing for tribal aristocrats in the Kayan tribe of Borneo was reserved for powerful women.

In America, tattoos have forgotten the historical culture and made it a new culture that society seems to be loving. People are willing to sit in a chair for hours and deal with pain just to get something on them that they love and want others to see as well.

People state: “Having a tattoo can be an expression of who you are. Or what you believe in. Or something you cherish. Or just something you thought was fun. The prejudice, not having disappeared completely, is certainly greatly diminished.”


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