A guest blog entry by Kev H. (student, world citizen)
Tattooing is a form of visual art that places stories as pictures on a person’s body. Some say that tattoos desecrate the temple that is the body while others say it’s a painting that tells a story.
In the United States of America, 15% of people have at least one tattoo (see http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/31975/tattoo_statistics.html?cat=7).
That says that at least one to two people out of every ten mostly likely have tattoos.
Personally, my tattoos represent specific people or specific beliefs that are my own. When getting them, I chose them on the basis that their representation is clear and meaningful to me.
And, all of them mean a lot to me.
Each one represents a different story that brings happiness to me.
Looking at tattoos, they are a form of communication. Although it is not a form of communication like speeches, reports, books, or music, it is much like paintings. Much like paintings, when I get asked about my tattoos, I tell them the story about each one: about how I got it, what made me decide on the specific tattoo, and their true meaning.
True, tattooing is a drastic form of self-expression that requires the message to be with you for the rest of your life.
With our diverse country the way it is, tattoos are another form of communication that we use for self-expression and even as commercials. In some major volleyball games, players have temporary tattoos on their body advertising such companies as VISA and McDonald’s. Other sports sometimes incorporate the use of temporary tattoos to advertise as well. But, if the athlete’s skin is completely covered then they are unable to advertise effectively, if at all.
With the ever changing generations of our time, people’s negative opinions of tattoos will hopefully dwindle and they will begin to accept our generation, the next generation to change the world.