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CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION Tattooing is an art formI mean the sailors tattoo is gone Margo DeMello During my seven years service in HM armed forces I thought that tattoos were an extended part of the uniform and a display of male machoismTattoos like death before dishonourthese colours never run and the obligitory nude women were common placeHowever having left the armed forces and coming to University I was amazed at how many men and more so women have tattoosI came to learn that tattoos have become more accepted throughout societyAs to when they exploded on the scene for younger people I am not sure Therfore when it came to setting a question for my research project and its relevance to society it was easy Why have tattoos become more acceptable in society Initially I though that tattoos were about male masculinities and classHowever since I have started to research this project I have uncovered many interpratations as to the meaning of tattoos and their wider meaning and relevance to society The aim of this research project is not to provide an outright answer about tattooing but mearly to add to the debateThere are links between classpatriarchey consumerism and control of ones own body either through reclamation or self harmThis project hopes to discuss all of these issues with the presentation of evidenceThis evidence will be submitted through secondary sourcing and my own researchWith the presentation of this evidence we will then be in a position to discuss a conclusion and also to provide a forum for more discussion about this topic 11 HISTORY Throughout history tattoos have been prominent in societies From the Ancient Egyptians to Captain Cook and to present times Tattoo trends can often be led by celebrities Tattooed celebrities include Robbie Williams David Beckham and Eminem thus reviving a resurgence in their re-appearance Featherstone2000 Even Barbie had temporary tattoos at one point Tattoos are steeped in historyBody modification and adornment
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