In today’s culture, a big trend among teens and 20-somethings is to use tattoos, body art and body piercing as a way to express themselves. Other age groups also fall into this trend, but it is most pronounced among the younger generations. Knowing that you can get anything you can imagine in a photo, like a tattoo or body art, helps people express what they love, who they love, what they’re passionate about, and what life has meaning for.
Tattoos are traditionally thought to have originated in the Middle East, known as the Stone Age, so it’s safe to say that the art of tattoopedia has existed almost forever. It was used to show spiritual devotion, marking people as outcasts and slaves for myriad reasons, from displays of courage to displays of status and rank. These reasons are not very common today. For the most part, people today tend to get tattoos to express themselves and show their individuality.
Pop culture today has made tattoos a new favorite. As more and more public figures get tattoos, today’s youngsters who look up to those models will want them too. Tattoos are popular on ankles, lower back, calves and shoulders but can be done anywhere on the body. Unfortunately, popularity doesn’t always mean popularity.
Tattoos have received negative associations in some regions, particularly Japan. It is a very large group of criminals, known to wear full body tattoos as a sign of their culture and solidarity. This is difficult because someone can have full body tattoos. So even when they have nothing to do with them, they are barred from entering certain establishments simply out of fear that they are a part of it. The negative connotations of tattoos for young girls are girls trying to show how they feel about their self-image. Many girls will get tattoos to show that they have at least some control over their bodies when they may feel they have no control over how they look.
Tattoos have been popular throughout history as they have only grown in popularity with time, but at some point there are people who want to get rid of them. Although this is a painful and costly procedure, it can be done. Laser treatments to help remove these tattoos are always being improved. Most tattoos are a permanent decision, so if you plan on getting a tattoo, make sure you want it forever.