The Effects Of Tattoos And Body Piercings

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We as a society continuously pass judgements on people, and stamp them with some sort of false identification that doesn’t fully begin to describe them. Stereotypes is a wide understanding and or image constructed on a certain party of people, to stereotype is to form an opinion on a person based on appearance with no factual evidence to support your claim. Now, when you see people with tattoos , body piercings, or even dreadlocks you begin to form opinions on that person. It’s called judging a book by it’s cover, but it’s so commonly done that it doesn’t seem like you’re doing anything wrong when you’re judging that person. In two separate texts titled, “Tattoos and Body Piercings: Self Expression or Self Mutilation?” by Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, and “Dreadlocked,” by Veronica Chambers, it’ll explain the different stereotypes and repercussions of getting tattoos, body piercings, or dreadlocks. Which brings me to the question; What causes one to choose certain forms of expression and/or appearance? And what are the effects of these choices? People think of the additions to their appearance (tattoos, piercings, hairstyles) as a form of expression, but often times they forget the negatives of these features such as; permanence, stereotyping, and possible medical risks. People should be able to express themselves however they please, which is why it makes sense that people turn to different hair styles, and marks on their body to express themselves. When speaking on
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