Who is in favor of self-mutilation and disfigurement? There is nothing like puncturing and perforating your skin in dozen or so places to show high self-esteem! When I see a young man decorating his neck or arms by having a mechanized needle puncture his skin injecting toxic ink in weird patterns, I think to myself – here is a happy guy.
Tattoos have been around for more than 5,000 years, in ancient Egyptian civilization tattoos were used to differentiate peasants from slaves. Today, it is a social branding; we all judge each other:
“She’s probably easy.”
“He is a loser; he’ll never get a corporate job.”
Of course, there are variables. Johnny Depp is covered with tattoo. Perhaps it is fashionable/cool to have a tattoo now, but fashion and trends change so quickly. Tattoo is forever. Besides, who thinks Johnny Depp is cool anyway? Weird.
I totally understand tattoos when you are a part of a gang and tattoo is branding showing your affiliation. Good thinking guys, you make it so much easier for the police!
Some people mark themselves for life to remind themselves of a family member, or ancient sayings, or religious scriptures. The problem here is we change and our outlook on life matures. What we believe in at 18 may not be what we believe when we are 35 or 50 years old. Our bodies have become the refrigerator magnets of quotes, sayings and reminders.