The War Against Body Art Analysis

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Donny Collinson Jan. 25. 2016 2 ̊ Mrs. Randazzo
The War Against Body art
Many teenagers love the idea of having beautiful designs and jewelry displayed all over their bodies, but many of their parents will not allow it. One of the most controversial questions about teenagers and their desire for body art would have to be “Should teenagers be allowed to get tattoos and or piercings without parental consent?” I personally believe teenagers should not be able to get tattoos or piercings without parental approval because of the health issues and work environment problems they cause.
Tattoos and piercings are forms of expression (STAPAW). “In America they are protected from criminal law by the Constitution, but are not federally protected in the
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Melanie Greenberg states that “regret can have damaging effects on mind and body when it turns into fruitless rumination and self­blame that keeps people from re­engaging with life,” and she also notes how “this pattern of repetitive, negative, self­focused ruminative thinking is characteristic of depression and may be a cause of this mental health problem as well” (Greenberg). Even though piercings are generally easy to remove, tattoos are permanent marks on the skin that are very hard to get rid of. Because of the permanent qualities of tattoos, they can easily become a mistake due to a design flaw or just due to not enjoying the tattoo when the person grows older. This regret “can result in chronic stress, negatively affecting hormonal and immune system functioning” (Greenberg). Some may say that anyone is able to recieve a “regrettable tattoo” no matter what age the person is. They may also say that it is “their body and their choice,” but it has been proven that teenager’s brains are not fully developed, which can alter their judgment more than that of an adult 's. This causes them to pick a design of something vulgar, immature, or not attractive more so that an adult would.
Finally, Many teenagers believe that the process of getting a tattoo and or piercing is simple and easy, but the process only begins with the reveal of their new art. After getting a piece of body art, the vigorous cycle of maintenance and cleaning of the skin begins. If the cleaning is not done well or regularly, many health problems can be brought about. Some of these problems can be allergic reactions, infections, and keloids and granulomas (M ayo

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