As they say, “Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder”, a tattoo can be a piece of art or a permanent stain on the body depending on the perception of each individual. Tattoos are a growing trend as a way of identification or a fashion statement. The younger generations are greatly enticed with its popularity and uniqueness as they symbolize sophistication. ‘Getting inked’ has become more like a hysteria which has ultimately lost the real beauty of tattoos.
In the article “Indelible Love: My Son’s Tattoos and Me”, Lois Desocio is worried about her son’s addiction for tattoos. Desocio’s concern for Alec is plausible as tattoos automatically set negative impressions on people as they are taken as a counterculture in society. Counterculture is set of values once considered to have negative impacts on society, which is no longer followed by people. In our society, tattoos are regarded as signs of evil which hampers us adversely, so they are regarded as a counterculture. However, the youths are highly under the influences of the body art which has made tattoos overrated. Unfortunately, tattoos are no longer appealing as they have become a mundane feature nowadays.
Tattoos are charming work of art that reveals to the humankind. Tattooists can depict our personalities through a range of colored inks swayed from the drill. Getting inked has become an expression to mark significant events in an individual’s life. The dermis of the body is a canvas where people draw story of their lives, hence tattoos are precious for them. Desocio’s son, Alec, is known as “the guy with tats” (Desocio 1) in the town as his love for tattoos has left him barely uncovered. The youngsters have taken tattoos as a tradition, and are highly influenced to sport a tattoo since an early age. Tattoos have become an indulgence making people crave to get more tattoos which ultimately leads to a body without bare skin.
We are completely aware of the fact that tattoos are long lasting artworks with damaging effects. The writer implies them to be “a wrinkled mass of skin” (Desocio 1) which will leave us with regrets for the rest of our lives. Even though, Alec is familiar with the cons of tattoos, his passion for tattoos does not get any less. Similarly, a whole bunch of young people get inked for pleasure or as a fad. While tattoos have the ability to captivate...