Tattoos And The Tattoo Renaissance

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When studying the history of tattoos, pinpointing the first time a tattoo was seen was almost impossible to do until 1991. An Iceman, named Otzi, was found by German hikers in 1991. Otzi was found covered with at least 57 tattoos (Huffington Post). This is to show that tattoos have been around for more than fifty-three hundred years. Otzi’s tattoos were discovered to be therapeutic and they consisted of lines and crosses all over the body. The next oldest tattoos were found on the Chinchorro mummy. Chinchorro’s tattoos consisted of symbols and drawings, and were found to be decorative only. It is more than remarkable that even after 53 hundred years, similar designs, symbols, and drawings are still used to mark our skin. These findings …show more content…

The media used to portray tattoos as spontaneous, reckless, and drunken moments in one 's life. Now the media writes articles about good resources and how much money is needed to get a good tattoo (Roberts 155). Even though most middle-class working Americans have begun to accept tattoos, the question in the air is if America as whole accepts tattoos now. By labeling tattoos as garish, outlandish and having negative connotations, the author suggests that tattoos are still deviant (Roberts 155). For many people, tattoos can be a form identification, and too others tattoos are actions that will be marked as deviant behavior. 65% of people who were getting a tattoo, claimed to be worried about possible employment rejection. Because of this their tattoos were placed in concealed parts of their body (Roberts 163).
A large percentage of college students have or have thought about receiving a tattoo. There is a notable correlation between honor students and tattoos. In 2014, data was collected from a small liberal arts college. The undergraduate population to this college is about fifteen hundred. The findings of this study are as follow: For both the Honor and non-Honors population, more female students had tattoos than male students. Overall, fewer Honor students had tattoos than non-Honors students (14% vs 30%). Parents with tattoos, for either Honor and non-Honors students, had an effect on whether or not they actually got a tattoo.

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