While tattoos have been gaining a widespread appeal and acceptance during the last couple of decades, they are still more popular with some people than with others. No longer seen as something which is limited to small segments of the population, nevertheless they are still not embraced by everybody. For many, they are great forms of self-expression; to others, they are as taboo as they’ve always been. Like most aspects of American life, it’s often a matter of one likes them very much or one dislikes them intensely; there is rarely any middle ground. While preferences toward specific styles of tattoos differ very much between individual persons, the opinions on them rarely change.
One group which has grown fond of tattoos is the younger generation. This is so much true that these days most areas which have colleges and universities also have at least one tattoo studio nearby. For many in the younger crowd, visiting the tattoo studio is as much a social experience as it is about the artwork. Comparing notes about which designs they like, the costs, and even the tattooing process itself is often done with one or more friends. The popularity of tattoos amongst young people also extends to high schoolers, many of whom are not old enough to legally acquire a tattoo. Some get around this by dangerously attempting their own tattoos with homemade equipment; others go to nearby states where it is legal for artists to tattoo minors if they have their parent’s presence and consent. (more…)