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A Current Fad?

Post by Lonestar » Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:15 am

Under the category of “things that really don’t matter much” I have a question. Is the current rampant craze of tattoos in the U.S. only a fad?

I grew up in an era where tattoos were reserved for sailors or guys with large biceps that had “MOM” tattooed on their arm. I can now walk through Walmart and half the people have some form of ink showing. Pretty young ladies who have one arm that is completely covered in art work. Men with snakes drawn around their neck. You name it, it’s there. I see posts on various forms from people that are “saving up” for their next tattoo, and are having a difficult time deciding on where to place it.

Now, importantly, I realize everyone has a right to their own opinion, and it’s certainly their body. We know there are cultures that have practiced body modification for centuries. Are we seeing our culture adopt these practices or is this just a current fad?

I really wonder what these folks are going to look like when they reach my advanced age. I would assume the vivid colors and wild graphics will take on a different image when skin starts aging and sagging.
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Re: A Current Fad?

Post by vnatale » Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:27 am

Lonestar wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:15 am
Under the category of “things that really don’t matter much” I have a question. Is the current rampant craze of tattoos in the U.S. only a fad?

I grew up in an era where tattoos were reserved for sailors or guys with large biceps that had “MOM” tattooed on their arm. I can now walk through Walmart and half the people have some form of ink showing. Pretty young ladies who have one arm that is completely covered in art work. Men with snakes drawn around their neck. You name it, it’s there. I see posts on various forms from people that are “saving up” for their next tattoo, and are having a difficult time deciding on where to place it.

Now, importantly, I realize everyone has a right to their own opinion, and it’s certainly their body. We know there are cultures that have practiced body modification for centuries. Are we seeing our culture adopt these practices or is this just a current fad?

I really wonder what these folks are going to look like when they reach my advanced age. I would assume the vivid colors and wild graphics will take on a different image when skin starts aging and sagging.
How about this one? (For the record, I have none with no plans to get any. Too much of a baby when it comes to pain.)

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Re: A Current Fad?

Post by jalanlong » Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:51 pm

Lonestar wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:15 am
Under the category of “things that really don’t matter much” I have a question. Is the current rampant craze of tattoos in the U.S. only a fad?

I grew up in an era where tattoos were reserved for sailors or guys with large biceps that had “MOM” tattooed on their arm. I can now walk through Walmart and half the people have some form of ink showing. Pretty young ladies who have one arm that is completely covered in art work. Men with snakes drawn around their neck. You name it, it’s there. I see posts on various forms from people that are “saving up” for their next tattoo, and are having a difficult time deciding on where to place it.

Now, importantly, I realize everyone has a right to their own opinion, and it’s certainly their body. We know there are cultures that have practiced body modification for centuries. Are we seeing our culture adopt these practices or is this just a current fad?

I really wonder what these folks are going to look like when they reach my advanced age. I would assume the vivid colors and wild graphics will take on a different image when skin starts aging and sagging.
Seems like it has gone on way too long to be just a fad now. I was wondering that same thing 10 years ago. Now I feel like in my area you are definitely in the minority if you DON'T have a tattoo. I am in my late 40s and I work with multiple people in their late 50s in my office and they all have tats. My mother-in-law is in her early 60s and she has one.
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Re: A Current Fad?

Post by vnatale » Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:33 pm

jalanlong wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:51 pm
Lonestar wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:15 am
Under the category of “things that really don’t matter much” I have a question. Is the current rampant craze of tattoos in the U.S. only a fad?

I grew up in an era where tattoos were reserved for sailors or guys with large biceps that had “MOM” tattooed on their arm. I can now walk through Walmart and half the people have some form of ink showing. Pretty young ladies who have one arm that is completely covered in art work. Men with snakes drawn around their neck. You name it, it’s there. I see posts on various forms from people that are “saving up” for their next tattoo, and are having a difficult time deciding on where to place it.

Now, importantly, I realize everyone has a right to their own opinion, and it’s certainly their body. We know there are cultures that have practiced body modification for centuries. Are we seeing our culture adopt these practices or is this just a current fad?

I really wonder what these folks are going to look like when they reach my advanced age. I would assume the vivid colors and wild graphics will take on a different image when skin starts aging and sagging.
Seems like it has gone on way too long to be just a fad now. I was wondering that same thing 10 years ago. Now I feel like in my area you are definitely in the minority if you DON'T have a tattoo. I am in my late 40s and I work with multiple people in their late 50s in my office and they all have tats. My mother-in-law is in her early 60s and she has one.
I also meant to add that I agree with you that it has been gone for so long that it is no longer a fad. I cannot even remember when they first started becoming a lot more prevalent. I first started taking a ton of pictures around 2013 or so. I could look at them but that, of course, only goes back about 7 years.

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Re: A Current Fad?

Post by Tortoise » Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:54 pm

Tattoos seemed to start becoming more popular in the late '90s and have continued to gain in popularity up to the present day. That's more than 20 years. So I would call it a long-term cultural shift, not just a fad.

My mother was a nursing director at a medical clinic before she retired, and I remember her telling me about five years ago that her medical clinic had to finally ditch their "no visible tattoos" rule for nursing job applicants since it was filtering out too much of their applicant pool.
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Re: A Current Fad?

Post by Lonestar » Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:20 pm

Tortoise wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:54 pm
Tattoos seemed to start becoming more popular in the late '90s and have continued to gain in popularity up to the present day. That's more than 20 years. So I would call it a long-term cultural shift, not just a fad.
That's about the time I started to notice as well. It started with single tattoos on the arms or legs. It's obviously evolved into some pretty radical artwork, often taking over entire arms, legs or both. So, as this evolves will we see people requiring full body tattoos to satisfy their need to be part of our culture? As you stated, it has become a socially acceptable practice, so that will no longer be an obstacle.
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Re: A Current Fad?

Post by sweetbthescrivener » Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:20 pm

Impossible. Fads are temporary by definition.
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Re: A Current Fad?

Post by technovelist » Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:04 pm

Lonestar wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:15 am
Under the category of “things that really don’t matter much” I have a question. Is the current rampant craze of tattoos in the U.S. only a fad?

I grew up in an era where tattoos were reserved for sailors or guys with large biceps that had “MOM” tattooed on their arm. I can now walk through Walmart and half the people have some form of ink showing. Pretty young ladies who have one arm that is completely covered in art work. Men with snakes drawn around their neck. You name it, it’s there. I see posts on various forms from people that are “saving up” for their next tattoo, and are having a difficult time deciding on where to place it.

Now, importantly, I realize everyone has a right to their own opinion, and it’s certainly their body. We know there are cultures that have practiced body modification for centuries. Are we seeing our culture adopt these practices or is this just a current fad?

I really wonder what these folks are going to look like when they reach my advanced age. I would assume the vivid colors and wild graphics will take on a different image when skin starts aging and sagging.
Obviously it has been going on for quite awhile so I guess it isn't a "fad" in the strict sense.
However, I believe it is a sign of cultural decay that will eventually reverse when we go back to a more conservative culture.
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Re: A Current Fad?

Post by pugchief » Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:46 pm

technovelist wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:04 pm

However, I believe it is a sign of cultural decay that will eventually reverse when we go back to a more conservative culture.
Hahahaha, you can't be serious (although I wish you were). The US, Canada and Europe are moving further to the left with each passing year. What on earth would make you think that trend won't continue?
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Re: A Current Fad?

Post by Kriegsspiel » Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:21 pm

Cultural trends aren't inevitable, they seem to move in waves. For one thing, it's not inconceivable (heh) that a more traditional/conservative culture becomes more dominant as more cultural leftists go through life childless than cultural conservatives do.
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Re: A Current Fad?

Post by technovelist » Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:38 am

pugchief wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:46 pm
technovelist wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:04 pm

However, I believe it is a sign of cultural decay that will eventually reverse when we go back to a more conservative culture.
Hahahaha, you can't be serious (although I wish you were). The US, Canada and Europe are moving further to the left with each passing year. What on earth would make you think that trend won't continue?
I'm completely serious. The US, if it survives, will eventually swing back to a more conservative culture.
That may happen after a serious collapse, but it will happen eventually, if history is any guide.
Remember the Roaring 20s, or the 60's for that matter? What happened after those phases in history?
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Re: A Current Fad?

Post by glennds » Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:11 am

technovelist wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:38 am
pugchief wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:46 pm
technovelist wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:04 pm

However, I believe it is a sign of cultural decay that will eventually reverse when we go back to a more conservative culture.
Hahahaha, you can't be serious (although I wish you were). The US, Canada and Europe are moving further to the left with each passing year. What on earth would make you think that trend won't continue?
I'm completely serious. The US, if it survives, will eventually swing back to a more conservative culture.
That may happen after a serious collapse, but it will happen eventually, if history is any guide.
Remember the Roaring 20s, or the 60's for that matter? What happened after those phases in history?
Wouldn't you agree the Roaring 20's and the end of the Gilded Age came with the Great Depression, which in turn resulted in the progressive action of FDR?
The result was the creation of, among other things, Social Security, farm relief, unemployment benefits, Anti-trust legislation and other Great Deal provisions?
I'm not seeing how the US became more conservative at that time, other than perhaps in global isolationist policy but certainly not domestically.
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