Tattoos, are they worth it?

Aja Hutchek

Who, What, Why?

Tattoos have been fought over for decades. Ink is punctured into the skin, damaging it, but leaves a masterpiece behind. Are they bad for you? Are they morally acceptable? Should you be turned down a job if you have any that are visible? Or should there only be certain limits to the visible tattoos in the workplace? Some people see tattoos as an expression of themselves. Whether it be past experiences or something as simple as you liking the look of a tattoo.
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Positive Perspective

Some people look at tattoos and see them as a way to express oneself as personal art. People are forever trying to display their own styles and one of the more modern ways has become tattoos. They can be used as symbols to express strong memories whether painful or magnificent, for spiritual beliefs, and tribal tradition.

Negative Perspective

Then, some people see the other end of the spectrum and look at tattoos as extremism or destruction of the human body. Needles actually penetrate in between the epidermis and the 2nd layer dermis causing much pain and irritation. Once a tattoo has been created, they are very difficult and expensive to remove. Tattoos actually go against some peoples beliefs and/or traditions.
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Media Bias "Tattoos: Waste of money or artistic investment?"

In this article, the author/reporter uses bias through loaded language. Even though she has a tattoo, she makes several points that may deviate you from wanting to get a tattoo. She explains that most are a waste of time unless they have meaning to them, and even then they still may be a waste of time. She asks you to think about how they would look to our children and grandchildren in the next 10, 15, 20 years. Some may say that there is a story to tell behind them and some say that the tattoos will just be gross and wrinkly. That may be the case, but there is still a story to tell behind them.

Cultural Criticism

In some cultures, such as the Japanese, if you are seen in public with a tattoo, you will most likely be kicked out or banned. Even though the Japanese are very well known for their art and imagery, there are many public places such as gyms, public swimming pools, or Japan's renown hot springs. If you have a larger tattoo, say on your neck or running the length of your arm, it is not unheard of to be asked to leave that establishment or restaurant.

In other cultures, such as the Samoans, see tattoos as a tie to their cultural ancestry. The tattoos usually consist of the traditional geometric lines and angles of different shapes and sizes. Although, more modern tattoos can consist of shells, fish, birds, waves, and centipedes. There is also the kava bowl that symbolizes hospitality, or the Fale (samoan house) that symbolizes kinship.

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Historical Criticism

Humans have been marking their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. Tattoos have been found on many many Egyptian mummies that date back to c. 2000 B.C. But the discovery of the iceman sent tattooing back another thousand years. There are even several female mummies having been found with tattoos dating back to c. 2000 B.C. also. As much as people would like to see tattoos as historically non-existent, its impossible to deny the tattoos of thousand year old mummies. Tattoos have been a part of most cultures since the very beginning and there is no ignoring that.
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