Tattoos in America

There have always been negative connotations around tattoos.  Society is becoming more accepting of tattoos as more and more people have them. Research on tattoos done in 2013 found that 14% of Americans of all ages have at least one tattoo. Here are a few comments that people say about other people with tattoos.

“Tattoos are unprofessional and you will not be able to find a job.” Tattoos do not make you unemployable. Your doctor could have his whole body tattooed but you would never know because he doe not show them at work. This stereotype is being proved wrong as most employers will not care about whether or not you have tattoos. If they do care, they will be okay if they do not show with a long sleeve shirt and pants.

“Tattoos make you look like criminal.”Criminals do not look a certain way. Anybody could be a criminal, with or without tattoos. This stereotype is outdated, sexist, and in a way aimed towards racial minorities. Tattoo culture as gradually made its way out of being part of prison culture.

“If you have tattoos you will never be able to donate blood.” False. You can donate blood one year after getting your tattoo.

“What are people going to think of you?” Does it matter what people are going to think of me because of my tattoo? No. You do not need anybody’s approval for something that affects your body.

“Did it hurt?” Come on. Tattoos are technically a scar, just filled with ink. Of course it hurts people at least a little bit. There are some places of the body that are more sensitive than others. But yes, no matter where on your body, it is discomforting.

“I would never get a tattoo.” Good for you. It is such a passive aggressive statement that implies that having tattoos is the worst thing. The difference between people with tattoos and people without tattoos is that people with ink do not care. They do not care that you do not have tattoos. But people without tattoos care so much and so how feel entitled to openly and publicly comment on your body. Not cool at all. Everyone does their own thing and has their own way of expressing themselves.




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