Body Art and Ornamentation

Mar 29th, 2015
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The use of tattoos for symbolization and cultural meaning.

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Body Art and OrnamentationBobbie HoferANT 101 Dr, Arianna HuhnMarch 22, 2015Body Art and OrnamentationThe act, often considered a form of art, of embedding some type of ink beneath the skin as a means of permanently supplying a picture known as a tattoo has experienced changes of acceptance and meaning through the years in the cultures located in American, Chinese, and the Central African regions. Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years and there is usually a reason associated with the act. These permanent designs-sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, always personal-have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment (Lineberry, 2007). There are many ways that tattoos have been produced throughout the ages. Tattoos, or the lack of them, are a way to express frustrations and hopes about life (Levin, 2008) or to signify a change in acceptance of the act of body modifications. Tattooed bodies have existed in geographically diverse societies throughout history, but tattoos have long been considered taboo in American society (John Roberts, 2012) and has been continued to be ridiculed and belittling to the people who have chosen to undergo the process even though the amount of people receiving a tattoo has increased over the years. The Chinese culture has experience the most recent reevaluation of the acceptance of this form of appearance altera

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