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Variations in Tattoos
A simple search on the Internet will show a vast array of all different kinds, sizes and colors of tattoos. Sometimes the mere decision on the final design is a big enough task in and of itself. Even if a sample is copied, it can be altered in just about any way giving even more options.
Tattoos: Not Just For Bikers Anymore
In the distant past, tattoos had the smallest modicum of acceptance, primarily based on the people who wore them. When military men came back to the States after serving overseas, it was difficult to express too much negativity about the names of their sweethearts or "Mom and Dad" emblazoned on their arms. It's likely that the acceptance was more for the wearer than the tattoo, though, for tattoos had not attained a degree of respectability with the American public in general. As syphilis became more widespread, and with the less-than-sanitary tattooing procedures adding to its increase, New York City eventually banned tattooing, and did not make the practice legal again until 1997.
Tattoos VS. Other Body Art
These days, it is not uncommon for tattoos to be associated with other forms of body art. In many areas, especially larger cities, tattoo studios are no longer solely tattoo studios, as they also offer piercings. In combining these two, two issues frequently arise. First, while many people consider tasteful, well-done tattoos to be a legitimate form of self-expression through artwork, a large number in this category also consider body piercing to be unacceptable; or, at the very least, undesirable. It is difficult to communicate this to young people, especially teenagers, when an increasing number of tattoo studios also offer body piercing. Kids will naturally assume that if artwork is acceptable, acquiring holes and rings in various parts of their anatomies should also be acceptable.