“Tattoos go beyond art and fashion; they reflect cultural
and ethnic heritage”. In some places tattoos are consider as a symbolic of rich
cultural histories. However, what happens in occidental societies? Are tattoos
a deep-rooted cultural values? On the opposite, are tattoos consider as a
Good afternoon honorable judge, Ms. Maryam, and, of course,
my most worthy opponents. We are here to debate about representation of
tattoos. I defend the position that tattoos are a symbolic of fashion and art,
and that their representation of deep-rooted cultural and ethnic heritage is
part of the past.
Nowadays, most of countries around the world blame tattoos,
because they reflect humiliation of moral values. This type of thought were
increasing due to that tattoos were recognized such as a characteristic of
bikers, sailors and convict, people who have a low moral behavior.
Nevertheless, in the last decades, these thought changed especially in the
younger generation and now they consider it consider as a form of art and
fashion, and the society again related tattoo with negative point as a life of
debauchery in some cases.
These negative points
of view about tattoos are express for example in the work places where tattoos
are prohibit in the principle cities of Australia, North America, Europe and
other. We can explain these thought with some examples. If our son have a
teacher, a person of influence in the educations of him, with a lot tattoos
around the face, forearms and other part of the body, do we accept this person
in this work? Mostly we don’t.
I have to recognize that tattoos had great cultural values,
for example in the past, in Peru; tattoos had a symbolic of power, marks of
high status. Even nowadays, some cultures keep this custom such as Maori
culture of New Zealand, tribes of South America and others. However, this
values loss day by day. If we analyze the representation of tattoos, in general,
we recognize that tattoos represent an artistic and fashion issues. In this
sense, we defend our position through three solid arguments. First, show though
of the occidental cultures such as Anglophone countries. Second, contrast the
value of tattoos in subcultures as hippies, scrapers bikers and other. Third,
demonstrate that the conception, around the around without consider occidental
think, is different that the cultural and ethnic.