Tattoos- Why They Are Leaving Their Mark on Generation Y

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Tattoos: Why are they leaving their mark on Generation Y? The practice of tattooing has been one of civilization’s most enduring art forms, with references to it going back over 5000 years. The practice has been both revered and stigmatized. The Victorian gentry used tattoos as status symbols until the invention of the electric needle, which made the procedure more commonplace. With its rise in popularity and its association with the lower classes, sailors, and even criminals, the elite in society chose to refrain from the practice. However, over the last twenty years the tattoo has undergone a dramatic resurgence, particularly with those aged between eighteen and thirty five years old. The reasons for this revival are popular culture, self expression and peer pressure. One thing that has promoted the use of tattoos with the younger generation is today’s popular culture and its icons. The “A” list of film stars, music artists and sporting personalities such as Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, David and Victoria Beckham, and Aaron Hernandez, all wear their ink stamps blatantly and with pride. These personalities have glamorised tattoos, and young people see that they are no longer associated with criminals and outlawed biker gangs. On the contrary, tattoos have made their way into art galleries, museums, fashion runways, and even the front cover of The New Yorker magazine. Television shows such as Miami Ink, which first aired in 2005, have promoted the art into the acceptable mainstream, and spin off shows such as L.A. Ink and the tattoo competition series Ink Master, have helped to cement the practice as a normal part of our culture. With the advance of social media over the past ten years, it can be seen that the artists featured in these popular shows are now celebrities themselves, and are being “followed” by millions. Tattoo conventions are…...

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