Over the course of time, many stereotypes have been formed about tattoos and those who wear them. Many people associate tattoo wearers with people like criminals, sailors and thugs. These stereotypes come from influences that are quickly changing and disappearing. For example, it used to be commonplace for sailors to tattoo themselves with mermaids or tattoos or things of that nature. The stereotype that criminals are tattooed comes from the fact that while imprisoned prisoners can begin to question who they are, and a tattoo can help give them something solid to build themselves off of. For these reasons, some people are very against tattoos because they feel that people wearing tattoos want to become part of the stereotype of being a “tough guy” or whatever stereotypes they are thinking of. Some people on the other hand are in support of tattoos because they feel they are an effective form of communicating ones personality or beliefs.
Bain, Josey. "Tattoos...WHAT...Huh?." 31 Mar 2009 <http://biro.bemidjistate.edu/CWIIWiki/wikka.php?wakka=PaperJLB>.