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Tattoos Are No Longer Taboo

May 13, 2015

tatto artistryI can remember growing up in the 50’s in Australia and tattoos were rather taboo.  They were mainly worn by men who were sailors or wharfies or “rough’ types and if women had them then they were considered ‘loose’.

How times have changed and now it is almost the ‘norm’ to have one, several or your whole body covered in tattoos.  No longer is it an ‘I love ….’  (which is a pity if you fall out of love with them) or the sexy girl on the upper arm.  Today’s tattoos are works of art.

Although I’m not a fan (probably too scared of the pain LOL), they have become more socially acceptable and younger people are influenced by sportstars, celebrities and movie idols who are ‘inked’.

maroi tattooWhen I say times and thinking have changed, that is only in my lifetime.  Tattoos have been around since Neolithic times.  The ancient Egyptians, Celts and other cultures have had tattoos as a major part of their rituals and customs.  India has intricate henna tattoos and the Maoris have wonderfully intricate patterns which show social standing and family history.

There has certainly been a resurgence in the western world in this art form.  It is art and some of the images are superb and creative.

There a many reasons people get tattoos, some love their decision and others live to regret it, although there is a business in tattoo removal for those who need it.

Some people have used tattoos for a specific purpose.  I recently read an article about a woman in the Northern Territory of Australia, who unfortunately had had to have a double mastectomy.  Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she decided to do something that would make her feel more comfortable and be proud of what she had been through.

I have attached the story for you to read as I think it is a very powerful and courageous step to take so please click on the link and read it.

This woman had the courage to accept what had happened and the creativeness to find a way through.

Whether you like tattoos or not, they have long been with us and will continue to be part of cultures worldwide.

I’m fascinated when I look at some people who are covered in them as I would love to know their reason for taking it that far.

The most important thing is NOT TO JUDGE!  Just because someone has tattoos does not mean they are bad people, they have just found a way to express themselves which might be different to your way.

Note: A reader commented that if working in the sun you need to cover the tattoos to protect the epidermis

Do you have a tattoo?  I’d love to know why and why you chose your particular design.


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  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt May 20, 2015 at 00:54

    This is a great post, Sue! When I was the aquatics director for a public recreation agency, we called tattoos and piercings “body art” and required the lifeguards to cover them up while at work. That was 15 years ago, and I don’t even “see” body art anymore, at least as something to be covered. Incidentally, covering tattoos while working in the sun, is critical because the tattoo has permanently damaged the epidermis. So the covering requirement became a safety issue. I have a small tattoo on my ankle of a plumeria flower I got while in Hawaii, years ago. I kind of forget it’s there!

    • Reply sue May 20, 2015 at 06:35

      I’m glad you liked it. I didn’t know about covering the tattoos in the sun – I wonder if others do? I might have to add that to the post. Thanks for your comments and have a lovely day.

  • Reply Angie June 11, 2015 at 00:19

    I LOVE my tattoos!

    • Reply sue June 11, 2015 at 12:10

      That’s great Angie! I am fascinated by them although I don’t have one. How do you select the design? I’d love to know more. Thanks for commenting and Viva Tattoos!!

  • Reply Shelley June 12, 2015 at 08:48

    Such a beautifully written post. My husband and I are both tattooed. We have come across people that give us dirty looks because of our ink. Your blog makes alot of wonderful points that more people should take to heart! Job well done!!

    • Reply sue June 12, 2015 at 08:55

      Oh I am so glad you liked the post Shelley. I am guilty in the past of judging people but have certainly changed my mind. I actually fascinated with some of the beautiful artwork. How did you select your art? Thanks for commenting and hope to hear from you again.

  • Reply Chantal June 14, 2015 at 23:43

    I have one tattoo, it has symbloic meaning and is a nice reminder of someone who is no longer with us. I am considering getting another tattoo (first one was 6 years ago) and again it is for symbolic purposes. For me any tattoo I have will be on the smaller side, just personal preference 🙂 Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link Party, I hope you will party with us again next week!

    • Reply sue June 15, 2015 at 08:34

      I like the idea of symbolic tattoos as they a personal meaning. I prefer the smaller ones although I don’t have one but it is a personal preference. See you at the next link up

  • Reply Sandy Sandmeyer June 16, 2015 at 09:50

    I have two tattoos. One I got in the early 2000s was well thought out and planned for ages. The second I got when my son, who had just turned 18, got his. Again, I put a lot of thought into it. Thanks for sharing your post at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

    • Reply sue June 16, 2015 at 12:06

      Oh I love hearing these stories. As I said in the post they were ‘taboo’ for so long and now people are using them in a positive way. Thanks for the comment.

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill June 16, 2015 at 18:47

    Hi Sue – I have two tattoos – one that I got just before turning 40 and another 10yrs or so later. Both were thought about long and hard and both marked a point in life where I was reclaiming the person I felt I’d lost. It was really about doing something that was just for me. I’ve noticed that people are fairly oblivious now days to tattoos and rarely comment so they certainly don’t register on the “radical” scale anymore! visiting from #AnythingGoes Link Party 9

    • Reply sue June 17, 2015 at 10:29

      Thank you Leanne for commenting. I’ve learnt so much about why people get tattoos by writing this post. They are certainly much more acceptable these days and can be a lasting memory or reminder.

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