Tattoos and Body Piercings as and Art Form Essay

980 Words Dec 18th, 2008 4 Pages
Ashley Beth Logan Manuscript Speech D. Webb Speech 106 Tattoos and Body Piercings Good evening. I would like to start by asking how many of you have a tattoo or piercing other than your ears. Did you know that in most work environments, you are usually not even considered for employment if you’re tattoo or piercing is visible during the interview? I am one of the many people who believe tattoos and body piercings are a form of self expression. However, there are still that few out there who think they are nothing but self destructing. According to the first amendment, we have the God given right to express ourselves however we choose. I have personally taken an interest in piercings and tattoos. They are beautiful, and it takes a …show more content…
Tattoos can represent things of importance from the past; just to name a few, people you’ve loved and/or lost, a passion, or a funny and random memory you have from a drunken night with good friends. Either way, that tattoo has relevance and importance to you. It is a statement about the kind of person that you are. For someone to ask you to cover them up is a violation to your freedom of self expression. If you are one of the many who have a tattoo or multiple tattoos, they are very significant and dear to your heart. Tattoos are a very different type of art form. To ask someone to cover up a piece of art just because it’s on their body and not on the wall or on their desk is disrespectful and offensive. Not to mention it hurts the persons feelings that they are being asked to cover something up that is a huge part of them and their life. Tattoos are like souvenirs you never lose. They should not be taken lightly; however, they should never be disrespected. That person paid a lot of money to have that significant marking on them for a reason. Within today’s society, tattoos and piercings are not considered within our norms. In some cultures around the world, tattoos and piercings have been and still are historical symbols meaning fertility, strength, and nobility. The

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