Expository Essay

    For over thousands of years, people all over the world have tattooed their bodies.   The reasons behind making these significant marks on the body differ from person to person.   This essay will provide detailed information that highlights the specific nature of the fascination of tattoos and why people choose to get them.    
    Times have changed over the decades and the different generations that have emerged continue to use the art of tattooing as a means of expression.   People often ask; why do people get tattoos?   This is a question that can not easily be answered.   The love of the art of tattooing stems comes from many reasons.   The expression of personal messages provides an outlet for those who want to use this type of art to make a statement.   Story telling is also common with tattoos.   When an individual has experienced something in their lives that they want to carry with them always, they chose a tattoo to define the image.
          The history of tattoos dates back thousands of years.   According to Lineberry (2007) humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for various reasons.   These permanent designs, sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate but always personal have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment (para. 1).   Tattoos are now part of everyday society with over 60% of all North Americans aged 18 to 30 years old having at least one tattoo (Tattoo Museum, 2009).  
    The word tattoo derives from two different cultures, the Polynesian word “ta” that means striking something and the Tahitian work “tatau” that means marking something (Designboom, 2009). There is much diversity in the people who wear tattoos.   The culture, national origin or even race is not a factor when a person has a tattoo or the reasons behind choosing to get a tattoo.      
    Tattoo culture is about the rituals and social significance of tattooing in many cultures...