Generation Y, or anyone in the West born between the 1980s and 2000s, is searching for identity. If like me you are part of this generation, you certainly have a large part of your friends who decided overnight to change their life. This change can be personal or professional. In general, we are looking for values that resemble us and we seek to make sense of what we do day by day.
That’s why I wanted to talk about tattoos. To me, it seemed to be related to this internal crisis that we encounter. And by doing some research, I’m apparently not the only one to think so.
According to an article in The Atlantic, titled The Identity Crisis Under the Ink, tattoos offer tangible and indelible meaning to “our memory of the past, our perception of the present and our projection of the future. ”
Our generation has more difficulty finding stability and permanence, unlike previous generations who focused on institutions such as marriage, work, family, home or car purchase. The tattoo then plays this role of anchor, they have the role of defining us.
Most people who have tried the experiment rarely stop at one tattoo. According to the article mentioned above, half of tattooed people have between 2 and 5 tattoos. Tattoos are part of our history and our personal myth.
In addition, each tattoo is unique to the opposite of the material things that can be acquired, often produced in mass (cars, houses …). Our story and the important moments of our life are now inscribed on ourselves.
The types of tattoos have changed significantly over time. Thirty years ago flash tattoos were in fashion. These were images that could be found in the catalogs of tattoo artists: Chinese or tribal signs, flames, musical notes, a rose. They had the merit of being simple and reassuring by their discretion.
Since the 2000s, the desires of tattooed have changed. Tattoo artists are now asked to be creative (the desire to be unique certainly have a big role in it). Tattooed people want to give meaning to their body art. The sentences or words are a concrete example (faith, hope), but also more abstract versions: a feather may want to express a free spirit.
To conclude this article, and if you are thinking of having a tattoo, take your time to make your choice. The drawing as the tattoo artist are important decisions to make. Do not do this without really thinkg it!
@all: what do you think of this vision of tattoo as a definition of our generation?