Love them or hate them, tattoos are here to stay. Tattoos have been a tradition in many cultures for thousands of years and is believed to date back to Neolithic times.
Used to symbolise everything from social standing, the affection towards a loved one to gang /organisation membership.Tattoos have also been used in negative ways to mark slaves or prisoners, more recently in the second word war, they were used to mark Jewish prisoners in concentration camps. Tattoos have both negative and positive connotations in our histories no matter where in the world you are.
They are much more acceptable in Western culture and perhaps not as stigmatised as they would have been a few generations ago with many professions being open to their employees bearing tattoos as long as the imagery or wording is not inflammatory.
Britain is said to be one of the most tattooed countries in the world. Does this also mean we are more accepting of tattoos, or do we simply turn a blind eye to them? If your teenaged son or daughter were to ask for a tattoo, how would you react? Is this still a sign of teenage rebellion or more a reflection and expression of one’s character?
Perhaps you have a tattoo yourself, do you regret what you did or wear them with pride?
Perhaps it really all depends on the type of tattoo in question? Are you more comfortable with the idea of a cute bunny on the shoulder compared to someone who gets a facial tattoo? Perhaps it’s all the same and totally off-putting to you. The pain is also something worth noting, whilst some people may yearn for a tattoo but are too afraid of the pain to go through the act, others are said to find the sensation addictive and rather pleasurable, which is why they keep going back for more.
So is it taboo or a turn-on?