A tattoo is a permanent mark or design made on the body that is visible when pigment is inserted into the dermal layer of the skin through ruptures in the skin’s top layer. The art of tattooing has been around for centuries. In the past, these decorative markings were used to signify or convey: a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood; amulets; status symbols; declarations of love; signs of religious beliefs/rituals; adornments and even forms of punishment for convicted persons. Others were used to display rank and bravery, family crests, status and strength.
Now, ‘tats’ are so common place that people have them done without much thought. Some use it to show their alliance and affiliations with gangs and criminal groups; while others get it for less elaborate reasons like: declarations of love, to rebel against authority, to showcase artistic beauty, for sentimental reasons, and most importantly, on impulse.