Negative Impact of Tattoos Essay

1542 Words Dec 10th, 2008 7 Pages
Tattoos have decorated bodies for centuries. From religious beliefs, to punishment, to adornment, tattoos have reflected personal stories for each of the bodies it marks. In the modern era, tattoos have become a form of art in which people use to express their individualities. Although one may consider marking their bodies as a positive form of self expression, tattoos can have lasting negative effects on one’s physical, social, and professional lives.

Physically, getting a tattoo involves many risks. Even with the technology available in the 21st century and advances made to improve safety, there are still many medical complications that can result after one gets a tattoo. Some risks are minor, while some are more serious
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Initial impressions of the tattooed persons are unwavering, even after their personalities are learned. The menacing appearance of tattoos often outweighs the docile personality that the person may possess (Hawaiian AIDS Education and Training Center and AIDS Education Project, 2008).

Women with tattoos are subjected to negative attitudes within society. Women with tattoos have historically been judged more negatively than males. This stems from the 19th century where woman sought tattoos to gain careers in sideshows and circuses. These women, scantily-clad and tattooed, were viewed as social outcasts and ridiculed (Bowes, 2005). As time progressed, women’s reputations have continued to be at risk because society has viewed them as indecent and promiscuous. One reason is the lower back tattoo which has become increasingly more popular among women. This fashionable tattoo has been labeled unfavorably as a “tramp stamp” (Biker Skin Care, 2008). Women with this particular tattoo are viewed with disapproval within the general population. Because of the embarrassment and negative comments that women are increasingly receiving, more women are requesting tattoo removal from many different locations. A survey conducted in 2006 states that 69% of tattoo removal requests have come from women (Armstrong, 2008).

Along with physical and social concerns, there are professional consequences associated with tattoos. One

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