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    Should Tattoos be socially acceptable?

    I was wondering if you could all help me out with an assignment?

    I need to collect the opinions of individuals (rather than the media) on Tattoos.

    Are they socially acceptable?
    Should they be socially acceptable?
    Do you have any tattoos, and if so do people tend to look at you differently than they did before?

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    They're socially acceptable, but I don't think they should be. Why anyone would want a piece of pseudo-art etched into their body is a mystery.
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    Tattoos are an ancient practice. Many tribes around the world have been tattooing themselves longer than this country has existed. Of course their beliefs about what tattoos represented are far removed from what the average American thinks about their tattoos. For many young Americans the reason they get a tattoo is, "I was drunk".

    I don't have any tattoos and don't want one. My dad, a 30 year veteran of the Navy, had nearly more tattooed skin than he had skin without one. Tattoos have been accepted in our culture for decades. Sailors are almost expected to get at least one. The current fad of young people getting tattoos is less accepted by some but generally I don't see too much reaction to them even by folks my age.

    We humans love to decorate ourselves. We poke holes in our earlobes (and eyebrows, nose, nipples, etc.) for rings, we color and shape our hair, we were makeup and often clothe ourselves to make a statement. I don't think tattoos are that different. Those who want them should be free to have them (and bear the stigma of excessive tattoos poorly chosen and placed when they try to get a job). And they really ought to use spellcheck before having ink injected into their body.



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    Tattoos create jobs
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    Are they socially acceptable?
    To some. I know people that hate them and I know people that love them.

    Should they be socially acceptable?
    I personally don't see why they shouldn't be.

    Do you have any tattoos,
    No, but I've seriously considered getting one. Haven't decided what of or where at yet.
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    I have a tattoo. I also have some body piercings. I neither know, nor care, if people's attitudes towards me have changed as a result.

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    Whether tattoos are socially acceptable depends on the type of tattoo, where it is, whether it's professionally done(or looks professionally done) and what social group you're talking about. In New Zealand, where I live, home-etched tattoos generally define unemployed, low-income etc. Likewise some tattoos are to identify gang affiliations. Whether these are acceptable depends on your view of the group.Smaller tattoos, especially on women, wouldn't be seen as anything other than decoration as are earrings or makeup
    The major difference though, is with Maori tattoos. Moko (chin tattoo) on women is a point of pride and whole body tattoos on men, in particular,are often beautiful, intricate, and tell of the person's.life and ancestry

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    In the way your questions are cast, "Socially acceptable" implies some monolithic, mono-mindset group--something that doesn't exist.
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    I personally accept a man with tattoos the same as i accept any other man(regardless of his look) , but i think that a majority of people don't share my opinion.To me it doesn't matter what a person looks like but what are his intentions and i think that everyone else should do the same.

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    I don't have one, have thought of getting one, don't care if you have one, know college professors who have them and have several family members who are adorned with them. I think what matters now, from the social acceptability standpoint, is not if you have one, but where you have them, how many you have and what kind you have. My opinion is that some people tend to get addicted to them.
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    I don't have any tattoos and, in my opinion, people are not qualified to judge me on such a superficial basis. But if others want them, that's fine.

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    Quote Quote by: laza666 View Post
    I personally accept a man with tattoos the same as i accept any other man(regardless of his look) , but i think that a majority of people don't share my opinion.To me it doesn't matter what a person looks like but what are his intentions and i think that everyone else should do the same.
    How about women with tattoos?


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