Confessions of an Economic Hitman

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Ximena Andrino
English 101 A-3
Tattoos and Piercings among teenagers
Teenagers among the country have one thought in common, stay on top of the latest fashion trends. A fashion that has being going on for many years is to add decorations or marks to your body or face. A teenager sees them as common features to their glamour, but is it really an adornment, or has it reached the point where it is consider self mutilation. Legislation in most states restricts professional tattooing and piercings to adults older than 18 years of age. So why do teenagers still get them? Parents play an important role regarding the decision teenagers make for tattooing or piercing their bodies. Therefore families may suffer a conflict when different points of view arise. Teenagers pierce/ tattoo their bodies to attract the attention they are seeking for, whether it is for good or bad intentions.

During high school we tend to see people with at least 2 or 3 piercings and a couple of tattoos too. Other peers may see them appealing, and want to get them too but what classmates don’t know is the true reason that lays untold of why a certain teenager got all those markings. Affiliation to a kind of group or peer pressuring are examples of the hidden reason. What teenagers don’t realize is that they are putting their lives in danger by printing irreversible symbols, signs, and phrases intended to disrespect others. Parents may not know the reason why you got your tattoos and/or piercing but what they know is the oppositional and enraging affronts to their authority you are willing to defy, and the consequences to that are limitless. Showing toughness is an important deal for teenagers. Demonstrating rebellion attracts more people and makes the teenager more popular. Popularity is in every teenagers dictionary, to achieve it most teenagers feel they have to stop being themselves and act the way they are expected to by others. This “others” may refer to these marking as “cool” and...
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