Are Tattoos Still Taboo?


It is difficult to go out and see people and not see someone with a tattoo. What used to be a commodity only found on bikers and drunken sailors is now much more common than some people think. What was once considered a rite of passage and rebellious act is now art and a form of self-expression. But does the stigma of tattoos still exist?

Anyone in the 20-something stage of life considers getting a tattoo at one point or another. I am included in this group, considering the possibilities and the consequences. We are taught that there is a stigma out there, even it only existed in the past. The largest proponent of this is the idea that you become completely unemployable as soon as the needle touches your skin. It is true that tattoos can affect your employment even to this day, especially for anyone who directly works with the public and customer service. The idea is that the company or employer is trying to take care of it’s own image, and the safest way to do that is proceed with caution with anyone who has a tattoo. It is not that the person in charge of hiring you has an issue, it is just that they are looking out for the company.

However, for companies to still be worried about what might happen if they have inked employees, it must mean that the public still has a stigma. Many people even criticize and mock the placement and designs of some people’s body art. Yes, it is more common to have a tattoo and more accepted than in the past, but I think the taboo has transformed to fit the present. Instead of it being a sin and reflecting complete rebellion against the norms of society as they have in the past, tattoos have turned into a source of mockery if it doesn’t fit the “standards” of other body art enthusiasts around you and can bother the public who are stuck in the old stigma.

skin and ink ii by spoonford

I find it that if you decide you want a tattoo, make sure you truly want it and that it holds special meaning to you. If it carries something special in its designs, than it doesn’t matter if there is a taboo because it was obviously important to you, so no ones opinion matters at that point.


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