It is no secret that the art of tattooing has gained immense popularity. This becomes a tricky situation when we consider the context of this art form and its place in our society. Some of the opinions on tattoos revolve around the stereotypes of tattooed people.
These beliefs sometimes stem from exaggerated and/or sensationalized associations between tattoos and their assumed representation. Tattoos are believed to have originated as medicinal therapy with indigenous tribes from all over the world. Throughout the centuries, the use of tattooing took on a variety of meanings including representations of status and class distinction, spiritual connections and protection, and acts of courage and strength, among other things.
At the same time, throughout history a negative image of tattoos was developed. Let’s jump in time to the period of colonization of the Americas. When the conquistadors found the indigenous peoples, they were frightened to discover some of the inhabitant’s worshipped deities, and were tattooed with symbols as offerings to their gods. It was then that the bad reputation of tattoos began.
The stereotypes have escalated to beliefs that associate tattoos with rebellion, criminal activity, and an overall negativity.
Religious beliefs also have a great influence on the opinions of most of the population.
Although tattooing is essentially the permanent marking of the body with an image or phrase/set of words, it is the symbolism behind the design that creates the beauty of each and every tattoo. Whether you choose to tattoo your body or not, an individual should not be measured by the amount of ink that is on their body. A tattoo has a meaning to another human being and that should be respected.