Source NameTitleContactDate interviewed
David Nanneytattoo artist11/29/06
Lexis-Nexis search Pulse magazine "Students rebel with body art"
Lexis-Nexis searchBody Art Practices Among Young People survey
Academic Search EliteJournal of Popular Culture "Not Just For Bikers"
Academic Search Elite"The Piercing Reality" by Myrna Armstrong
Academic Search EliteJournal of American Culture"Tattooed"
"The Tattoo Craze with Young People"
Her heart pounds wildly as she watches the needle penetrate her skin and begin to leave ink marks as the gun buzzes across her skin. The sensation hurts a bit at first, and she squeezes her friend's hand. She forces herself to not move as gun buzzes long. Then it starts to feel like gentle tickling. Soon it feels almost soothing. She watches as the piece of art takes form on her skin. When it is over she gazes proudly at her first piece of body art.
Tattoos have always been popular among college students and other young people as well. It may just come natural to students. Tattooing has been practiced in almost every culture around the world, and for thousands of years, according the article Body Art Practices Among Young People. It was a way of identification of religious groups, tribes, gangs, or a way of showing one's financial or marital status, or as a way to beautify the body.
Body Art Practices Among Young People, which is partly a survey of college students, showed that most students said their main reasons for tattoos were self-expression and because they "just wanted one." Many students with multiple tattoos said they found them "addicting" and said "I like the way they feel." Myrna Armstrong, professor at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Nursing,