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Essay about Stigma of Tattoos in Modern Times

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Modern Times Stigma: As a tattooed person, I will attest that prejudice and stigma are still alive and well in the new millennium, even in a "liberal outpost" like Massachusetts. Whether it's a stare, look, remark or something more serious, like denial of service or hassling from law enforcement, cultural stigma is still a factor for all those looking for tattoos. Much of this is clearly rooted in the history of tattooing in the U.S. (see below) but there are several other potential sources for all these attitudes as well. An interesting article in Skin Art Magazine by Kyle Burkett suggests another possible cultural origin to the American and European stigma associated with tattooing that is today being challenged in a broad way. Burkett states that for centuries there has been a blot against tattooing, buried deep inside the skin of western idealists in addition to and in the minds of Jews and Christians alike. He believes that the stigma to be suspended in different aspects of ancient Mediterranean culture; more especially, it finds its origin in ancient Greece and Rome. A number of the first forms of tattooing in these civilizations was that the branding of slaves. To be tattooed in early Greece meant you were a servant and in Rome a tattooe supposed that you were either a slave or a criminal (World Book 51). In light of the Burkett's concept regarding this characterization of tattooed people as slaves and criminals, (the cheapest rung on the social ladder)prevails, and makes a lot of sense when considering the historical roots of cultural biases today. The shift in Mediterranean faith, from paganism to Christianity, occurred over a long period of time, and lots of ideas and philosophies were consumed from the early cultures to produce the transition g.. .

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