Tattoos : Culture And Culture

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Tattoos in Culture There are different aspects of every culture and the American culture is no different. One of the aspects of American culture is the tattoo. Tattoos have been around for centuries, they are also part of other cultures and appeal to a broad variety of people. Tattoos became part of American culture through cultural diffusion, which is where one culture shares its culture with another through direct contact. Recently tattoos have re-assimilated into American culture and society by first being rejected by the mainstream culture to being accepted and popular in the mainstream culture. The etic perspective or the outside view varies because outside cultures, both agree and disagree with tattoos. Before tattoos were incorporated into American culture, they were part of several other cultures. Therefore, the cultures and countries that have tattoos as a part of their culture are more accepting of the tattoo culture in America. However, not everyone in these cultures approves of tattoos becoming part of American culture because they see it as mocking and offensive to their culture. This is because several pro-tattoo Americans only like tattoos for body art instead of their symbolic meaning to other cultures and just attribute tattoos to identity formation and fashion. They are offended because Americans do not understand the actual culture and significance around tattoos. Except for a few Americans who connect tattoos with some symbolic meaning, the majority

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