Tattoos Mark Adulthood for Many Teens

March 28, 2007

Young people of both genders, and women in general, are the new market for tattoo shops.  No longer a sign of rebellion, tattoos now are seen to offer an outlet for the "complex need for humans to express themselves through the appearance of their bodies," according to researchers at uMassachusetts.  Young people seek to commemorate transitions into adulthood -- including moving away to college -- and women seek to demonstrate control over their bodies, or to reclaim their bodies from a traumatic experience. Tattooing is very popular in Canada right now: the owner of Studio 123 in St. Catharines says he enjoys the business, but most dedicated tattoo aficionados and "true artists" will be happy when the enthusiasm dies down.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required) | The Brock Press