Change; The Ironic Nature of Tattoos

Change; The Ironic Nature of Tattoos
May 21
19:16 2018

Change; Tattoos Are Not Just About Commitment:

This article about tattoos and their use as catalysts of change, is inspired heavily by an article by Rachel Jepsen, in the New York Magazine.

The article in question, is to say the least very interesting. As Jepsen mentions herself in the article: When people usually think about tattoos, they think about how they are static and something requiring commitment. Indeed the nature of tattoos and their permanence, does not exactly scream change. But it is not change in the simplest of ways, that Jepsen is talking about.

No what she is talking about, is change in regards of personal growth. In other words, tattoos become the catalyst for a person to grow, and in many cases people use them to help them to change for the better. Our resident sociologist (Tattoo Logia), indeed backs up this idea of tattoos.

Tattoos are great for self expression, which is their main use today. But they are often just as good at self reflection, which may be exactly because of their permanent nature. A point which the sociologist Paul Sweetman made as early as 1999. Tattoos help many people, who reflect personally on their tattoos and the reasoning behind them etc. With reflecting on themselves and helping them move on. Whether it be from something traumatic, or just moving on to a new chapter of life. They indeed help many individuals with change.

Final Comment:

Indeed we are not use to thinking of change and tattoos in the same sentence. But for social scientists and indeed also Jepsen, they seem naturally connected in our modern contemporary society. At least in the cases where people reflect on their tattoos and their reasoning. It is awesome to think about, how tattoos indeed help a lot of people, with becoming more themselves and feeling better.

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About Author



Mads W. K. Masters of science in Sociology (Cand. Scient. Soc.), from the University of Copenhagen, who specializes in embodiment sociology, but especially in tattoos and tattoo culture etc.

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