Every Tattoo is Unique.

The value of tattoos to the people who have them and the change of how they are viewed throughout time

Destiny Kathriner

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   All over our school you may catch small glimpses of every type of piercing by just walking through the halls. In a high school it is very common to come across tattoos and piercings, and to the person who has the “body modifications” they can be life changing. Some people don’t have any reason to get tattoos or piercings other than they like them. Others have a special reason like a memorial piece or to cover scars that they aren’t proud of.

     The most popular piercing is the basic cartilage ear piercing. Girls and boys all around NC have at least one of their ears done, some girls have both of theirs done, and a few girls have multiple piercings in both ears. Another common jewelry option is tunnels and plugs, or “gauges”  that stretch your earlobes to fit even bigger pieces  rather than the traditional size. Gauges are meant to give a more authentic look to a person’s’ appearance.

     Psychology Today  says that the tattoo rates on adults  have gone up from 14 to 21 percent, which is 10 percent more than the United States. The population has slowly grown to the idea of tattoos being socially accepted, but in many workplaces are still frowned upon by the “older” generations. Many grownups say that tattoos are just another form of rebellion to “stick it to the man” and in some cases that is true, but in most cases there are personal reasonings, maybe to either remember a loved one or to remind yourself to not give up with an inspirational quote. Even victims of abuse and assault get tattoos to remind themselves everyday that they are stronger than those that hurt them.

     Although piercing your ears is a very safe norm in the U.S.A., it is (like The American Academy of Pediatrics) advised to wait to get your child’s ear pierced until they are old enough to make the decision for themselves, so roughly 10 years old (The American Academy of Pediatrics). Any other bodily piercings should wait until 16 with an adult, or just wait until the age of 18. As of 2017,  71 percent of americans got their piercings at 18 years old or younger with the permission of their parents.