Essay on Tattoos and Society

1080 Words Oct 22nd, 2005 5 Pages
"Tattoos are created by inserting colored materials beneath the skins surface. The skin is penetrated with a sharp tool. Today colored ink and an electric needle are the material and instrument of choice. Today the practice is popular with a vast cross section of the population. Within the United States tattoos can be found on individuals ranging from gang member to fashion models."
"The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word "tatu" which means "to mark something". It is arguably claimed that tattooing has existed since 12,000 years BC. ( "

On December 8, 1891, the first electric tattoo machine was registered by its inventor, Samuel O'Reilly, at the United States Patent Office. It was
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Different people seem to reflect a world that they're experiencing differently than others and Dennis Rodman seemed to be experiencing something more than the NBA. He was one of the first athletes to be visibly alternative while maintaining success.

During this period of time was when mainstream and "underground" cultures mish-mashed. People in the mainstream viewed the underground cultures as cool and wanted to represent themselves as such. With the sudden influx of adolescents getting tattoos or piercings the idea of a normal teenager/young adult was changing. Instead of seeing a teenager as someone who dressed tidy and had a clean appearance he now had a piece of metal hanging from his eyebrow, lip, nose, and had the popular tattoo design on his bicep.

While Middle America tried to just blow all this off as a fad, it not only withstood the label of a trend or fad it outgrew it. While mostly non-mainstream people were getting tattooed or pierced i.e.; punks, skaters, metal heads, and ravers. Greg Ambrose, in his article "Tattoo You?" for the May 2001 issue of Longboard Magazine, hit the proverbial nail on its equally proverbial head: "Mainstream America grimaces with distaste at the sight of body art, clinging to old cultural biases that associate tattoos with drunken sailors, outlaw bikers, and prison inmates." But, in my humble opinion ladies and germs, times, they are a-changin'. Tattoos and body piercing is booming in America today. Ambrose,

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