Research Paper – Tattoo/Body Art?

By | February 1, 2014

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Tattoo/Body Art Research Paper

Hello, I am working on a post-secondary research paper which explores the culture of Tattoos and Body Art.

I’d like to invite people who already have tattoos and consider themselves part of the tattoo/body art culture to share their opinions by responding to the questions below.

This research is intended to explore the qualitative aspects of tattoo/body art culture — the reasons why you have body art, how it makes you feel, your values and beliefs.

Again, this is for those who * already have * tattoos/body art.

It is ok to select more than one answer to the questions below.

If there any additional opinions, beliefs, values, or issues you’d like to express, please feel to include them.

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Thank you very much.

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(1) Reason for getting tattoo/body art:

Rite of Passage

Memorial/Reminder/Commemorating an event or person

Symbolic meaning

Acknowledging a self-discovery

Fashionable

Art/Aesthetics

Outward-expression/Declaration/Attention from others

Impulsive

Peer Pressure

Other:

(2) “Compared to not having a tattoo, having a tattoo makes me feel…”

Sexier

Attractive

Rebellious

Intimidating

Intelligent/Sophisticated

Spiritual

Inner strength/Self-esteem

Artistic/Creative

Self-ownership/Individual autonomy

Part of a group

Worldly/Experienced

Hip/Cool/Edgy/Stylish

Interesting

Traditional/Time-honored/Historical art form

Other:

(3) Do you ever conceal your tattoos? Why?

(4) Are there situations where you have been discriminated against because of visible tattoos?

(5) Have you ever regretted getting a tattoo? Why?

1.Reason for getting tattoo/body art:

i.Reminder/Symbolic meaning: my first tattoo was a rune stone on my wrist that symbolizes “new beginnings.” I got this after going through a rough patch in my life and coming out of it a stronger person. I chose this to remind me that no matter what happens tomorrow's always another day.

ii. Memorial/Symbolic meaning: My 2nd tattoo's a self designed memorial piece for my grandparents. It's an entwining red and green ivy vine. I chose ivy, as my gran's name was ivy, they kept ivy in the house and ivy tattoo's symbolize love and immortality.

iii.other/Symbolic meaning/Reminder. My 3rd tattoo is a rib piece. The lower part is a hibiscus which was a birthday present from my partner. It was taken from pictures we took on a holiday and the hibiscus symbolizes love and delicate beauty. The upper part are 5 butterflies, to symbolize everyone in my life that i love. I chose butterflies are butterflies symbolize the soul and life.

(2) “Compared to not having a tattoo, having a tattoo makes me feel…”

That i'm me. They all represent something special in my life, past or present. They're a documentation of what's important to me, what's changed/shaped/molded me and what's made me me.

(3) Do you ever conceal your tattoos? Why?

One runs from my shoulder to hip, my other's on my ribs- so they're always concealed as it's way to cold to constantly wear a bikini.

My 3rd is on my wrist which is always displayed.

(4) Are there situations where you have been discriminated against because of visible tattoos?

Nope, i've never had a negative comment about myself or my tattoos.

(5) Have you ever regretted getting a tattoo? Why?

I regret choosing the artist that i did for my 2nd tattoo as he really shouldn't have been a tattooist and i wouldn't have to pay out another $250 to get it re-inked.

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