Tattoos are one of the most talked about topics in the category of body modification. After researching into this topic, many works had basically the same things to say. They all surround the same thesis of tattoos are a way to express yourself but there are many risks when undergoing this procedure. With the use of proper grammar and more detail, The Mayo Clinic Staff’s post “Tattoos: Understanding Risks and Precautions’ is more believable and surpasses the post “Pros and Cons of Tattoos” when explaining the actual advantages and disadvantages of having a tattoo.
The two blogs both accurately give off the advantages and disadvantages of having a tattoo. Although blog two provides information on the advantages and disadvantages of having a tattoo, it lacks the extreme results that can be encountered after getting a tattoo. It seems to very opinionated by not providing any facts or actual effects on the body that can come from having a tattoo.
In blog one, The Mayo Clinic staff says that “tattoos may be more common than ever, but don’t take tattooing lightly…know the risks and understand basic safety precautions and aftercare steps..” (qtd by Mayo Clinic Staff). The risks that one can encounter after receiving a tattoo is generally over looked because the desire of the tattoo is so dominant. Some people just get the tattoo because they are young but they usually end up regretting the decision later. The Mayo Clinic Staff warns, “don’t get a tattoo if you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs or worry that you might regret the tattoo later” (qtd by Mayo Clinic Staff). The informative information found in blog one is more in depth and seems to be more researched than the information provided in blog two.
The act of tattooing the body is a very beautiful thing. Although the recipients are usually blinded by the excitement of receiving a tattoo the effects or aftermath is usually overseen. There are many risks that are taken when undergoing this procedure and the precautions should be something that should be taken seriously. I think that there are many advantages and disadvantages when receiving a tattoo. Some advantages are; finding out who you are, finding people you can belong to, and even for sexual purposes. The advantages tend to usually overshadow the disadvantages very quickly. Some disadvantages are; skin allergic reactions, skin irritation, rashes, infections, blood borne diseases that can cause deformities, and the most obvious one is pain. The healing process is sometimes the worst part if you don’t follow the procedures very well. Even though most people are aware of the disadvantages they don’t tend to fully comprehend them. The recipients are still eager to take on the procedure. According to the authors of an article discussing the different personalities towards tattooed people and non-tattooed people, tattoos are one of the most popular types of body modification and the age and social groups of the recipients vary in quite large numbers (qtd in Wohlrab et al 2 ). With all these people receiving tattoos there must be some sensation that triggers the desire for this specific type of body modification. The types of people that receive tattoos are all very different. The research of who actually are getting the tattoos and how do people perceive them, the results were predictable:
This study revealed that tattooed virtual characters were perceived differently compared to nontattooed figures such that tattooed characters were considered to be more experience seeking, to exhibit more thrill and adventure seeking, to be more susceptible to boredom, to have had a greater number of sexual partners and to be less inhibited compared to nontattooed characters. (qtd in Wohlrab et al 3)
This study gives a little insight to maybe why some people undergo tattooing procedures. It plays a role in part of the advantages of finding yourself. It shows that those who get tattoos are a little more open to new experiences as opposed to nontattooed people.
Tattoos play a big role in the theme of popular culture. It is something that happens every day. This specific type of body modification is one of the most talked about. It has its’ advantages and disadvantages but it allows us to voice a sense of us that we maybe can’t just go around shouting about. For those who are usually silent, a tattoo allows them to voice out what is on their hearts. Whether it is symbolic or just for fun tattooing is something that will always be around. It is something that has been practiced for decades and is still very popular today which just goes to show how dominant and how much it intertwines with popular culture.
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