Prejudices against tattoos | teenage ink


People think of tattoos in a negative way and are prejudiced against those who have them. In the past, people tattooed on the body were usually gangsters or criminals, so we believe that tattoos are a symbol of delinquency. For this reason, in our society, people cannot get a decent job if they have tattoos where others can see them. Also, they could not join the army if they had more than 50% tattoos on their body (Financial News, December 1, 2020). There is still a strong restriction to be an officer or a sergeant. If you have a vulgar tattoo larger than 7cm, you are still disqualified. However, I believe that this enduring stereotype of tattoos should die for certain reasons. Tattoos can be a way to show off their personal traits and remind them of their precious memories. Also, today tattoos can be a beautiful artistic way to cover up one’s unwanted scars.

Nowadays, more and more people have an open mind about getting a tattoo on their body. They believe it is a kind of art where they can share their lifestyles, thoughts and memories with others. According to “Dalia Research”, 38% of people report having a tattoo. Nowadays, almost every generation likes to have tattoos on their body showing their features, thoughts and beauty. Tattoos are no longer just for gangsters and criminals. Research by “Dalia Research” shows that Italy, Sweden and the United States have almost half of their population tattooed. “Trendmonitor” shows that 62.7% of Koreans want to get a tattoo on their body and 70.9% have no prejudice against tattoos or people who have them. Additionally, 62% of people see tattoo-related jobs or businesses thriving steadily in the future. Unless the tattoo is obnoxious or disgusting to others who see it, people have the freedom to express themselves and we can consider it art. Angelina Jolie, who is a famous American actress who adopted 3 out of 6 children worldwide, has her children’s names tattooed on her arm. Like her, some people want to engrave their special memories on their body to keep forever as an art. Likewise, tattoos are enjoyed by many age groups and are no longer limited to delinquents.

Tattoos have taken advantage of healing people’s minds. People who have scars they wanted to erase but couldn’t turn their ugly and unforgettable scars into beautiful art with a tattoo. For these people, tattoo artists can be more than a psychiatrist. A contrived “healing instead of hate” (Seoul Sinmun Daily 2017.9.10) claims that tattooing is now more than just a fad or a personal trait. It can heal people with surgery burns and wound scars. On tattoo artist Yuseoung’s blog, there are amazing cases that show how scars can turn into art. People can overcome their drawbacks and remind them to live with the healing of beautiful art through a tattoo.

On the contrary, there are still many people who are against tattooing. Whatever the tattoo is, they think it’s just plain loathsome. For this reason, there has been an improvement in the physical examination for police officers. There should be no tattoos that can be judged that the content of the tattoo and the exposure can harm the reputation of a police officer, as tattoos can show dislike, salaciousness, discrimination and can also be a symbol of a criminal organization (tattoos of officials, March 25, 2022). Moreover, Korea is the only country where tattooing is restricted by law (sedaily, January 15, 2022). Whenever celebrities are on air, they have to cover their tattoos with stickers or cosmetics. This is because their tattoos can put people off. One of the famous tattoo artists named Ri Na Ahn got divorced due to his body tattoos. Although her husband knew about it before marriage and accepted him, his family members could not accept him as their family. She could not overcome their hatred and prejudice. She tried her best, only to have her marriage fail. Ridiculously, she was once charged with a felony of indecent behavior in the sauna simply because she had too many tattoos, which is also a unique law in Korea. So, many people are discriminated against because they have drawings on their body, even though it is not difficult to understand such a small change.

In conclusion, living in the 21st century, our society should shed our long-held stereotypes against tattoos. Rather than persisting prejudices about tattooed people, we better accept it as their freedom of personal traits, a kind of art and moreover we should appreciate it as a cure for some people. Likewise, there are sides that claim that tattoos show delinquency and that does not give confidence, there are people who need their help to keep precious memories or remove traces of scars with bad memories. Tattooing is a type of culture and we can foresee future economic growth in it.

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