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Freedom of Expression Michaela Vos University of Phoenix H ow do you feel about true self expression? There are many different ways to "truly express" yourself. Through the art of tattooing a person is allowed to freely express themselves in any way, in any shape, or any form, literally. The art of tattooing goes back farther than the average person would think, the process has evolved to many different techniques throughout the ages, and the different cultures. The idea of a tattoo is speculated by many in society as being wrong, but what people don’t realize is there are many different reasons why people get tattoo’s, whether it's for a personal reason, a religious reason, or just to “fit in”, it’s freedom of expression. I n the United States of America, the freedom of expression is guaranteed in the first Article of Amendment to the American Constitution. That means you are legally able to express yourself in any way you want. Many people find tattooing as a way of expression. Life magazine estimated in 1936 that 10 million Americans, or approximately 6% of the population had at least one tattoo, if that poll was taken in 1936, imagine how many people have tattoos now days. After doing more research, I found in a Harris Poll, which had been done in 2003, just about triples these numbers and estimated that 16% of Americans now have one or more tattoos. The definition of a tattoo is the act or practice of marking the skin with indelible patterns, pictures, legends, etc., by making punctures in the skin, and inserting pigments. To many people, a tattoo has a more meaningful definition, a tattoo is a way for a person to permanently place their darkest secrets, their deepest feelings, and tattoo your soul on the outside of your body. A tattoo is one way to describe an event in your life that has had a great impact on you. Tattoos can tell a
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story about you by using pictures, words, tribal symbols, or just your own personal design. Tattoos symbolize individuality.
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2010 for the course UOP COM 220 taught by Professor Debraelliott during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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