Society always seems to have its ways of keeping what it does not want to accept down. This has happened with women's rights, racial equality, and in this case, a person's decision to do as they wish with their own body. Chances are, if you grew up in the United States and wondered about tattoos, piercings, or other body modifications, you've probably been met with a response like "You'll never get a job with that!", "Those make you look like you belong in prison!", "That can get infected and you'll die!", or something along those lines. With 45,000,000 people in the US alone having at least one tattoo as of 2006, it is time society becomes aware and accepts tattoos, piercings, other body modifications, and those who choose to get them.
Tattoos are by far the most popular form of body modifications in both the United States, and the world. Tattoos can be found on people all around the world, in almost every culture. Many are right here at home. In fact, according to The Pew Research Center, 36% of US citizens ages 18-25 and 40% of 26-40 year olds had at least one tattoo in 2006. With numbers like these, many people would ask "But how many of them regretted their tattoo?" Well according to a Harris Poll taken in 2003, 83% of the Americans with tattoos do not regret them, and only 17% did. Out of that 17%, 16% of them stated the reason for regretting their tattoo was "because of the person's name in the tattoo." A U.S. News & World Report article claims that on average, a new tattoo parlor is established every day, adding to the 20,000+ already operating. Tattooing hasn't become a cultural feature of the US over night either. Even in 1936, Life magazine estimated 10,000,000 Americans had tattoos.
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