Stigmas Against Tattoos
by ckeat1 on October 21, 2013 - 11:56pm
For my blog research assignment, I chose an article that had to do with the negative stigma of tattooing. Tattoo recipients have been looked at by many people in society as socially deviant because they are going against the norms by cosmetically adding to their natural body. Tattooing, according to this article, is seen as negative behavior and is done by non-conformists. The article indicates that individuals get tattoos for a number of reasons including religious self-expression and having a feeling of power over one’s self and reflect self-concept. Previous research, according to the article, has discovered several stereotypes about those with tattoos, including being unsuccessful in school, coming from broken homes, having an unhappy childhood, rarely attending church, having poor decision-making skills, and being an easy victim to peer pressure. The article also talks about how the tattooed population demonstrated significantly more impulsive and attention-seeking behavior than the non-tattooed population did. It was another belief that those who had tattoos also had a lower GPA than those who did not have tattoos. However, the Martin Stigma Against Tattoos Survey (MSATS), which was developed to assess social stigma against tattoos and was conducted among 210 undergraduates at a Southeastern regional university, shows that no significant differences were found in the GPA of tattooed versus non-tattooed college students.
The main purpose of this article is to address the social conflict revolving around tattooed individuals and the stereotype society gives them. In society, people have this assumption, as stated above, that those who have tattoos are from broken homes or are delinquents. The non-tattooed person may act as though they are superior to the tattooed person because of the idea of permanently marking your body being frowned upon in society. These ‘deviants’ wish to go against the ‘normal’ ways of society and change something about themselves to make themselves more unique. While there is nothing wrong with that, a lot of people, mostly of the older-age, look down on individuals with body art.
Martin, Benjamin A. & Dula, Chris S. "More Than Skin Deep: Perceptions of, and Stigma Against, Tattoos". College Student Journal, Vol. 44, Issue 1. March 2010.