Expressing Identity Through Tattoos and Piercings Essay

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Expressing Identity through Tattoos and Piercings The rising popularity of tattoos and body piercing is more than just the latest fashion craze. This type of body art has been a part of this world for thousands of years. Tattoos and piercings have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment (Smithsonian.com). In the later years (1940 – 2000) tattoos and piercings were more common among teenagers and young adults, but now, people of all ages are expressing themselves through body art. To try and understand this rise in the desire to permanently mark ones self, we must first determine the origin and history of tattoos and piercings. According to the…show more content…
For example, only the pharaoh himself was allowed to have his navel pierced, all others that attempted to do theirs could be executed. Some other reasons people would have piercings would be for identification purposes, to look more attractive or to mark your status. Over the years body art has evolved and become much more acceptable. In the mid 1900’s, piercing and tattoos were most commonly found among sailors, bikers and young rebellious adults. They are, in some instances, still used to identify people, such as gang members. But over the years all this has changed. Society itself has become more open to self expression. It would not be unlikely to find a tattoo or piercing on an “upscale” person now, like a doctor or lawyer. Another reason for this rise in number of people with body art could be due to the technology our world now has to offer. It is no longer such a worry about contracting Hepatitis from getting tattoos or piercings, due to medical technology and education on health and safety issues. There are people who still believe that tattoos and piercings are wrong. Some religious groups still believe that markings should not be made on one’s body, as it says in the Old Testament. Such groups believe that the body should be honored and any intentional marks should be considered a sin. Ironically, many people of high religious beliefs are known to modify their bodies for their religion. For example, Pagans celebrate their religion and spirituality
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