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Tattoos and Piercings in society

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Kelsey bond

on 17 January 2013

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Tattoos and Piercings in Society Kelsey Bond Self Expression CONS PRO Influences Workplace Risk of infection Long Past Many people, especially the baby boomers that make up a lot of our population still view tattoos and piercings with the individual being rebellious and a delinquent
Mass media portray individuals with tattoos and piercings as thugs, murderers, gangsters, rebels and criminals
Believe tattoos and piercings are not the norm in society although it is at all all time high for teenagers today Tattoos break the skin and can leave you prone to infections including STI's and HIV's
Tattooing or piercing with non-sterile equipment can put you at risk for viruses such as Hepatitis C. B or HIV
Some people have certain reactions to the ink, most commonly yellows or reds
Allergic reactions to certain jewelery (Nickle free, stainless steel)
The best way to prevent infections is to spend the money to get your Tattoo or piercing done professionally Stereotypes Most companies don't approve of Tattoos and piercings, most will still be able to get certain jobs but only if the tattoos are not visible
Companies are legally allowed to have these dress codes in place
In a recent Vault.com survey, employers and employees were asked about tattoos and piercings in the workplace. 60 percent of employers said that they were less likely to hire a candidate with tattoos or piercing
Don't want to tarnish the companies image
Although companies can't fire you because you have tattoo and piercings they can not hire you due to them Decorating the human body has been popular throughout history in both tribal and civilized cultures. Some tribal cultures use tattooing and piercings as a symbol of marriage or religious significance. Tattoos are used as a permanent representation of membership of certain clubs, religious groups or secret societies and can be used to identify people. For many people, tattoos are a reminder of a person or event, and for others, they are merely decoration. Tattooing and piercing give people the freedom to express themselves creatively using body art, and the many professional artists offer people a safe way to do this. Among the good things about tattoos include the chance to broadcast who you are, the chance to be you, and the chance to stand out. Most people who get tattoos get them for the symbolic meaning.
There are a variety of designs and colors to choose from, which helps to add to the positive benefits of tattoos. You can check out many designs at your local tattoo studio, in books and magazines, and on the Internet. Many get tattoos and piercings because they personally mean something to them, they can be very symbolic for individuals. In most cases, people get tattoos for a personal meaning. Whether it be to remember something great that happened in your life, to show affection or emotion, or because that specific design meant a lot to you, there's no one reason for a tattoo. Everyone has a reason whether its good or not. Although reasons for getting a tattoo are sometimes to be rebellious this is a huge misconception and isn't always the case. Some young adults, i.e. teenagers, choose to get a tattoo because their parents simply don't want them to. Reasons for piercing are somewhat different, however. One reason is certain individual wants to decorate their body because they think it makes them beautiful, or it is a custom in their family. What is tattooing defined as? Health Canada defines tattooing as the art of permanently depositing pigment into the skin to a depth of 1-2 mm to create a design. An electric machine vibrates a cluster of needles hundreds of times per minute to puncture the skin and deposit the pigment. The art dates bate to 2000 B.C. as a tribal custom in many different parts of the world, including Africa and North America. What is piercing oneself defined as? Piercing is the insertion of metal jewelry into skin tissue using an ear piercing gun or long needles. The most frequently pierced sites, according to Health Canada include, ears, nose, navel, lip, tongue, and eyebrow. How many canadians have tattoos and piercings?
For teenagers 14-18 piercing is far more common (23% are pierced and a further 20% want to be) and it can start at age thirteen. There doesn’t appear to be as much of a barrier to getting a piercing as there is with a tattoo. more teens indicate wanting a tattoo (21%) than currently have one (8%). However, one of the reasons that comes up for not getting one is the permanence of this decision. There is a substantial increase in the number of teens with tattoos at age 18, which corresponds to their being of an age where parental control is removed. How does society view tattoos and piercings? Society, especially elderly are very negative towards tattoos and piercings. Views individuals with them as 'troubled youth' and prejudges individuals based upon this.
Society has viewed tattoos in a negative way ever since Captain James Cook discovered them in Polynesian and Hawaiian cultures in the late 1700's From the 1700's until the 1900's societies have put tattooed people on display as part of Freak Shows in circuses. These tattooed people were right next to people with physical abnormalities and disfiguring diseases. By the 1920's tattooed woman were the big attractions. People had been seeing tattooed natives, who they considered "savages"; it was strange for our Society to be seeing their own white women with tattoos . Other than sideshow attractions, the only other white people with tattoos were the sailors. Too many, sailors were seen as these tough bad guys that no "non-sailor" wanted to be associated with, and they certainly didn't want to be associated with the tattooed lady! The only people that society had been exposed were people that they saw as lower than them and therefore wouldn't want to be associated with them. Which do you think is more accepted, tattoos or piercings? Why aren't more people accepting? There are still people in this day and age who think people with tattoos and piercings are lesser than them and that anyone who chooses to adorn their body with such items are in some way below them. They even think any of their beliefs or thoughts can be discarded as they don't know what their talking about since they've got 'one of those horrible things'. Though this is clear discrimination in the eyes of the law. Limitations
The times are changing, while some employers cringe at bodywork and piercings others embrace it. If you choose a position where you don't interact with clients, or are pressing an artistic career you're more likely to not have a problem at work. There are many places however that will not hire you if you have tattoos or piercings unless you cover up your tattoos and remove your piercings such places are Mcdonalds. Laws
Legally one cannot get a tattoo until they're 18, but often with parental consent most places will if you're over 16. Even though you may not think places around here tattoo or pierce minors you'd be surprised, a place called world domination ink, refereed to as world dom which used to be located in Kitchener was one of these places that got closed for piercing minors in 2003. When you're 16 you're legally allowed to get any piercing without consent, but many parents give in and give their child permission way before this. Why is society prejudice towards those with Tattoos and piercings and how does this affect them in the workplace?
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