The View of Tattoos in Our Society Today

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The View of Tattoos 1

The View of Tattoos in Our Society Today

Melissa Oliphant

Axia College of University of Phoenix

The View of Tattoos 2

“People who drink, do drugs, have been jailed or do not believe in religion are more likely to be tattooed. “ , said Mom. Is there any truth to what Mom said? According to a study conducted by the Journal of Academic Academy of Dermatology in 2006, 24% of Americans between
18 and 50 are tattooed. That averages to be almost one in four Americans with tattoos.
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Later on in life the
“parents” tend to be replaced with “bosses”, in regard to employment. Most people have good logical reasons for wanting to get a tattoo. However, they can not control the outcome of how people in society will perceive them. Ted Mitchell, (Tattoo Magazine, 2002, 160:61) describes his attitude towards tattooing: “The meanings overall are very personal and I don’t tell anyone what this is.” People often regret later in life in having participated in body art, at all. According to a national survey in which 163 tattooed men and women were asked about their tattoos one-third of those men and women said they regretted haven gotten their tattoo(s) (Bahadosingh, S. and Anderson, D., 2007). Age seems to be the most common reason for regret. What one finds amusing and cool at 20 years old changes by age 50. Some other common reasons why people may regret getting tattoos are; a lover’s name, a gang symbol, a prison tattoo, and the location of the tattoo itself. Getting tattooed is a very personal decision that should not be taken lightly. Removal of a tattoo can get expensive, costs can range up to one thousand dollars depending on the size of the tattoo being removed (Bahadosingh,
2007).
The art of Tattooing is very much alive in American culture today. Some experts believe the act of

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