Tattoos: Body Modification and Kia Kearney Professor Essays

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Kia Kearney

Professor Benjamin

English 098-008

April 16,2014

Tattoos and Society

Tattoos are created by inserting colored materials beneath the skins surface.

The skin is penetrated with a sharp tool. Today colored ink and an electric needle are

the material and instrument of choice. Today the practice is popular with vast cross section of the population. Within the United States tattoos can be found on individuals ranging from gang members to fashion models. The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word “tatu” which means “to mark something”. It is arguably claimed that tattooing has existed since 12,000 years BC..

However, the first electric machine was registered by Samuel O’ Riley.

It was based on a machine patented by Thomas Edison in 1875,but rather than using the tool as a means to embroider fabric, which Edison did O’ Rileys’s tattoo machine as meant to “embroider skin”. When this new machine was invented O’Riley he didn't know the whirlwind he would create in the next 100 years. Youth and adolescence is one of the most, significant and influential moments in everyone life, when the youth are seeking to identify who they are. This shows a sign of expressing freedom.

Body piercing and tattooing are one of the many ways the youth express their own unique identity. Their symbolic representation of the are perceived. When you are young you are trying…