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Tattoos While the oldest known tattoo was on an iceman found on the Italian-Austrian border with carbon-dating showing the iceman to be 5,200 years old (Lineberry, 2007) for many years, here in America, tattoos were only popular with sailors, soldiers, Marines, bikers and occasionally the rebellious teenager. Why were tattoos only popular with these few? Social taboos looked down on those with tattoos. However, through tattoos a person can show self expression, be self creative, and be identified with a certain belief or interest through the art, design or message. It is for these simple reasons their popularity over the last twenty years has grown at an incredible rate, and people of all ages, sexes, ethnic groups, and social …show more content…

Many find themselves talking to each other after noticing a certain familiar marker on each other’s arm. Bikers tend to get tattoos that deal with Harley Davidson, a particular biker organization, such as the Hell’s Angels or the Christian Motorcycle Association, or one of the many other biker tattoos. Athletes will often get their school logo or their number tattooed on their body. Professional working people often get a tattoo of something to do with their profession. Religious tattoos are also becoming more popular as people feel more the need to identify themselves with a certain belief, and want others to know their beliefs. With the popularity of religious tattoos it isn’t unusual to see someone with a cross, crucifix, star-of-David, praying hands, rosary, or a picture of Jesus or the Virgin Mother tattooed on their body (Maloney-Hawkins, 2004). According to one article, more than a millennium after church authorities condemned tattooing as “a form of deviltry” that disfigures the body, evangelical youth are permanently altering their bodies with images of crosses, sacred hearts, and angels. For a small but growing subculture within Evangelical Christianity, religious tattooing is becoming an increasingly legitimate expression of individuality, identity, and faith (Tattoos as Evangelical Chic, 1998). Tattooing is not limited to only the young or middle aged. One tattoo artist stated that he had a grandmother

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