This slide show discusses the different interpretations of tattoos as well as their actual meanings for certain groups. Society as a whole is also discussed as well as pictures of the earliest tattoo ever recorded.
Ethnic Tattoos Tattoos are popular all over the world. In places like Japan and South America tattoos are a way of life; they are culturally adapted customs that are meant to impress and show off the status of the individual.
<ul><li>National Pride </li></ul><ul><li>Army Tattoos </li></ul><ul><li>Remembrance </li></ul>
Tattoos can appear on many different parts of the body
Society Tattoos went from being a rebellious and somewhat hidden act to now an accepted art form that many proudly display. Tattoos have always been a big part of society whether it’s in a negative or positive way. People get “inked” for many different reasons: boredom, symbolic importance, grief and spontaneity. Although they are expensive and time consuming that’s not the only thing tattoos are; they are also permanent. Even with the best efforts of tattoo removal, some of the original tattoo will show through. Society and it’s ever changing fads will welcome one type of tattoo and then discard the next as being “old,” or “out dated.” This continuous change of style leads many to wonder whether a tattoo is worth the pain and possible social acceptance.
Do you have a tattoo? Twenty random people at McMaster University were asked whether or not they had tattoos. This was to show the popularity of tattoos among a diverse group of people. 55% said no, and 45% said yes to having tattoos.
Are tattoos used for cultural purposes? Twenty-eight people at McMaster University were asked: other than an art form what have tattoos been used for in the past. 79% did know, and named at least one other thing and 21% did not.
<ul><li>Whether the reasons are cultural, symbolic or just plain artistic tattoos are everywhere, on all different walks of life. They are a culturally connecting force between groups even though the reasons may be quite different. Tattoos are a way of representing our personalities to the world without speaking. </li></ul>