Tattoos have become a norm for younger generations, but older generations can’t seem to shake the negative stigma against tattoos (Image via Haaretz) Long gone are the days when tattoos were permanently inked on only the meanest, toughest dudes and the rare female. The year is 2017 and tattoos have begun to crop up just about everywhere; from young college students to bad-ass grannies , inking up is becoming pretty popular. Pop culture is starting to reflect increasing interest in tattoos with shows such as “ Ink Masters ,” where established tattoo shops compete to create the best tattoo which is then evaluated by a panel of judges.
Millennials are leading the race to get under the gun, while as much as 47 percent of the Gen Y population is sporting some type of ink. While it’s apparent that most millennials view tattoos positively, it’s important to investigate whether this holds true regarding older generations.
Though times have changed, the negative stigma that comes along with tattoos has yet to be shaken entirely. Typically, tattoos were and still are, to some degree, viewed as “ unprofessional .” Gen Y might be more inclined to get tattooed, but they are also perceptive of the baby boomer generation’s hesitancy to accept tattoos in the workplace. Millennials consider this fact when they pick the placement of their tattoos. 86 percent of millennials decide on their tattoo placement based on whether they can conceal their artwork while at work. It’s a no-brainer that there’s no correlation between having tattoos and being an efficient worker, so it’s time to address the stigmatization of tatted people.
As a person with quite a few visible tattoos myself, I’ve been victim to the negative opinions toward tattoos extend beyond the workplace. I was once asked whether I was concerned about the ink in my tattoos poisoning my organs in the future. Talk about awkward. While the comment was disregarded because it was completely unfounded, it […]