Will tattoos ever be completely socially acceptable?

Inkluded guest blogger Kev wants to talk about tattoos and judgement. Are tattoos completely accepted in 2017’s society… or still often frowned upon?

Photo: Unsplash

Photo: Unsplash

Tattoos are on the rise. More and more people are delving into the world of tattooing and expressing themselves with body art. With a range of amazing tattoo styles on offer, from dot-work mandalas to neo-traditional panthers, you would think that society had finally accepted our decorated skin. Well, I think it’s a little more complicated than that.

I know I have definitely felt discriminated against due to being tattooed. Most notably when I attended a job interview and was told that “it wasn’t the best idea turning up with my tattoos showing“. I was dressed smartly, wearing a shirt, but a section of artwork was peeping-out slightly at my sleeve-line.

Some of us know the feeling well – that sensation of receiving an awkward glance from strangers on a train. Just last week one elderly couple looked me up and down and fixated their eyes onto mine (in disgust) for a good 5 minutes.

I try not to let it effect me… but not everyone has the same outlook.

Photo: Kev Bailey

Photo: Kev Bailey

Why are tattooed people often made to feel like they have done wrong? Why should they second-guess their buy viagra jelly tattoo choices? Does having artwork on someone’s skin really make them that different to the ‘norm’ of society?

Having tattoos does not effect your suitability for a job. This is art. Art that has been around for generations and will continue to be so.

I wonder if we’re in an era that just simply doesn’t understand tattooing? Is it generation-specific? Will it be a lot more ‘normal’ to be covered in tattoos once time passes on?

Photo: Unsplash

Photo: Unsplash

Considering this multitude of unanswered questions, I came to a few solid conclusions…

Firstly, when it comes down to it… people are entitled to their (often differing) views and opinions. That being said, I also don’t think we can class certain things as ‘wrong’ simply because “we do not like them”.

I think the most important thing we can all agree on is that…. everybody is different. So, let’s not look down on other people’s passions or enjoyments.

Our tattoos, our modifications, they help create us, but they do not define us.

Photo: Kev Bailey

Photo: Kev Bailey

What do you think? Have you ever been discriminated against for your body art? Do you agree that tattoos are still frowned upon, to a certain extent? Let’s discuss! Comment below or find me on Twitter @beardyblog.


Kevin’s blog is over at: Beauty and a Beard.

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