Why do people get tattoos article .pdf - why do people get tattoos Author(s miliann kang and katherine jones Source Contexts Vol 6 No 1(WINTER 2007 pp

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why do people get tattoos? Author(s): miliann kang and katherine jones Source: Contexts, Vol. 6, No. 1 (WINTER 2007), pp. 42-47 Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. on behalf of the American Sociological Association Stable URL: Accessed: 24-08-2017 03:07 UTC JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact [email protected] Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at Sage Publications, Inc., American Sociological Association are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Contexts This content downloaded from 129.62.12.156 on Thu, 24 Aug 2017 03:07:10 UTC All use subject to
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J2 -Q § CD O t õ è O O -c cl feature article miliann kang and katherine jones why do people get tattoos? As increasingly diverse groups of people get tattoos , popular perceptions are often out of synch with the individual meanings behind them. Who fect, "24-year-old, gets thin, tattoos, beautiful insecure and supermodel" female why? A who self-described writes isn't a in per- the "24-year-old, insecure female who isn't a per- fect, thin, beautiful supermodel" writes in the Body Modification e-zine that her Pegasus tattoo has helped her overcome hatred of her body. "It is rearing up on its hind legs with its wings spread like it's about to take off, much like the way I want to break free of my self- doubt and start loving me for me." The same e-zine car- ries an account of an operations manager at a Borders Books and Café who says about hiring tattooed employ- ees, "We look for it. It makes things more interesting and more fun." While these individuals give varied and multi- layered meanings to their own and other's tattoos, their personal assertions are sometimes at odds with the perva- sive popular interpretations of tattoos as signs of rebellion or faddishness. The growing number of enthusiasts exhibit a broad array of tattooing practices, from a discreet flower on the hip to full body and facial tattoos. According to a 2003 survey by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio State University, 1 5 percent of the U.S. adult population has tat- toos, and the figure rises to 28 percent for adults younger than 25. In addition, 88 percent of those interviewed said they know at least one person who has a tattoo. According to U.S. News and World Report, tattooing was the sixth fastest-growing retail business in 1997. What accounts for the rising popularity and visibility of tattoos?
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