When you get tattooed, you’re no longer a slave to your past
Posted February 08, 2019 07:21:23If you’ve ever wanted to put ink on a family tattoo or get an American family stamp, now is your chance.
The tattoos are on the lips, eyes and ears of American families, but they can also be seen on the bodies of others, such as a dog’s collar.
This new wave of American family tattoos was created to address a stigma that remains for some, especially those of African descent.
“We know there are certain things that are associated with African-American culture that are taboo to have,” said Jessica Mosely, an associate professor of media studies at Columbia University.
Tattoos, however, are a new way to communicate.
For many, tattoos have become a way to celebrate family and community.
It can also have a social function, such a as showing a family member’s support or gratitude.
With this new wave, the idea is to show solidarity with other African Americans, said Moseley.
There is a misconception that tattoos are just for whites, Moselyn said.
We have to be aware that they are a way of celebrating African-Americans as people and as human beings, Micely said.
“If you want to change that perception, it’s a matter of educating people.”
The new wave also has social benefits.
For example, a tattoo of a dog collar can make a family stand out from the crowd and inspire pride in that person, said Jennifer Moseby, associate professor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Media, Design and Culture.
And tattoos have also been associated with more positive aspects of American life, such supporting families and raising children, she said.
“They show a community that you are a part of and you are loved by your family and you have your own way of being proud of who you are and how you see yourself,” Mosey said.