Tattoos rising in popularity, becoming a cultural norm

Tattoos rising in popularity, becoming a cultural norm

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Tattoos rising in popularity, becoming a cultural norm

Hollie Paris shows her collection of tattoos. “Can I get you anything else?”

The server flashes a brilliant smile before deftly clearing her customers’ plates. Gracefully, she turns and deposits the dirty dishes before making her way to the next table. It isn’t until she crosses the room that the colorful and extensive array of body art comes fully into view.

Hollie Paris has made the choice to be visibly tattooed. In fact, the young mother, wife and artist is well on her way to having her body entirely covered with art. For her, tattoos reflect a love of art; they are beautiful to her and many others who compliment the look.

Ancient art

Tattooing is not new. Mummified remains of Otzi the Iceman, who lived sometime around 3300 B.C., show that the man had 57 carbon tattoos. Researchers speculate they were applied to help alleviate joint pain.

Tattoos have also been found on mummies in ancient Egypt and in China dating back to 1200 B.C.

By the mid-20th century, tattoos were mostly worn by men in the military and those in the working class. But during the counterculture movement of the 1960s, tattoos started emerging as important identity symbols for American subcultures, particularly on the West Coast.

This symbolism was the seed of what would be termed the “tattoo renaissance,” where tattoos emerged in mainstream as iconic expressions of popular culture.

Historically and culturally, tattoos are diverse. They may signify rituals, reflect status, provide protection or be purely decorative.Today, tattoos have become almost ubiquitous. Yet the reasons behind a person choosing to have colorful art permanently placed on his or her body are as unique as the individual.Skin deepAccording to Little Vinnie McAuliffe, a tattoo artist at Eternal Ink, tattooing is at the forefront of popular culture as a legitimate art form performed by highly skilled craftspeople.“Tattoos are no longer synonymous with doing drugs, robbing liquor stores and doing prison time,” McAuliffe says.McAuliffe was trained by Deacon Raty, who McAuliffe says […]