A Changing Reputation of Ink: The Evolution of Tattoo Culture

By Danielle Duggan
Clinton County Chatter

In the past, the touch of ink on skin was the mark of an outcast. Though tattoos have taken on a new role today, some employers think differently. When one was looking to differentiate themselves from the crowd and rebel against societal rules, a tattoo usually resulted. Due to this trend, older generations still associate tattoos with the mark of those who “were in the navy, went to jail, or were part of a biker gang,” said etiquette expert at Emily Post, Daniel Post Senning. Though tattoo acceptance has evolved drastically over the past twenty years, the Baby Boomer generation, and the generations prior, have carried with them their original preconceptions about tattoos, according to Senning.