How Tattoos Changed The United States From A 1920s Navy Trend Into A Relevant Form Of Contemporary Art?

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How have tattoos grown in the United States from a 1920s Navy trend into a relevant form of contemporary art?
Tattoos have been present in many cultures across the globe for centuries. Their meanings spanning a range from symbols of high status to the marks used to categorize and identify criminals. Tattoos were brought to the United States in the 1800s by immigrants and American soldiers. Tattoos were already a respected art form in some parts of the world, like Japan, but as they made their way into the United States their respect as art was degraded to a mere trend among societies’ outcasts. Tattoos became unaccepted and were seen as taboo despite having been around for centuries. They were looked down on by mainstream western society until fairly recently. Now however, tattoos have blossomed into a newly accepted art that can be seen on just about anyone from all classes of society.
Tattoo History
The beginning of tattoos in the United States can be said to have started with the establishment of the first tattoo shop in New York. “Martin Hildebrandt, considered one of the country 's first tattoo artists, opened a shop in New York City in 1870, making tattoos accessible for citizens who weren 't able to travel overseas...most tattooed Americans were soldiers inking up for good luck, emblazoning themselves with reminders of their lives back home” (Crum). The establishment of a tattoo shop in the United States initiated the spread of a trend among those who…

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