Americans in General Will Decide to Get a Tattoo for Several Different Reasons...

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Why People decide to get Tattoos

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Americans in general will decide to get a tattoo for several different reasons. They express themselves by having tattoos representing something important to them. When doing so, they will get tattoos with religious meanings, displaying military status, for acceptance, the death of a loved one, or something of independence in their lives.

A tattoo or being inked is a permanent picture, design, or other marking on the skin by pricking it and staining it with an indelible dye. (Encarta Dictionary, 2007) Even though other Americans may judge them for being inked, a lot of people do not care of how those certain Americans might think about it. “Many Americans who do not have tattoos said they think that people with tattoos are less attractive (42%), less sexy (36%) and less intelligent (31%). They also think that those with tattoos are more rebellious (57%). In contrast, only 29% of those with tattoos think they are more rebellious.”(Vanishing Tattoo, 2003)

When people are getting tattoos they are forming an expression of themselves in ink on their bodies. They are showing off to the world and everyone in it how they feel or how they live their day to day lives. People are not usually getting tattoos just for fun but mainly for a meaning, but there are those few who do it just to impress someone in their lives. For those who feel it is necessary to ink themselves just to show they can do it, is also a way to express themselves, but in the wrong way. No one should ever get a tattoo because of peer pressure, it’s not a good decision and you will end up regretting it. The ones who do it for meaning are usually trying to cope with a…...

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