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Why Is There a Tattoo Stigma in Japan?

Public pools. Gyms. Resorts. It’s common to see “no tattoos allowed” signs at establishments like this. In Japan, there is certainly a stigma towards tattoos. But why?

Looking through some of the highlighted comments, the reasons are pretty much the same as they are in the U.S. People are uninformed about tattoos and continue to believe dated stereotypes.

Tattooed women fight bad reputations with good works

They are community conscious women with a unique commonality. They are ‘The Modified Dolls.’

“We’re breaking down the stereotypes of modified and tattooed women. We are the different making a difference,” says Lamb Tchop Doll, Jennifer Johnston.

This international non-profit organization raises money and awareness for local charities, they volunteer and occasionally, they get “inked.”

Tattoos and Employment

Articles about tattoos in the workplace have been popping up everywhere and I have received a number of emails from engineering students who are questioning how tattoos might affect their chances of getting a job after graduation.

Every time the topic of tattoos and employment is brought up I give the same answers, so I thought it was time to write a little more about it. Referring back to one of my earlier posts which is now well over 2 years old, Some Basic Tattoo Advice, I said this

Think about how tattoo placement will effect your possibility of future employment. Qualified or not, I doubt these guys are going to be hired any time soon.

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In God’s image? – Another misinformed tattoo column

Have the editors of this paper never heard of checking facts? To me it appears that the bulk of this article is comprised of made up nonsense, with some biased opinions thrown in for good measure.

In the rest of the world, tattoos carry a particular social connotation. In Russia, having a tattoo is probable cause for a policeman to question you. In that society, only criminals get tattoos; if you get one, you are publically declaring you are a criminal.

I guess he has never heard of the Moscow International Tattoo Convention, which just ran for the 5th year in a row.

Sailors traditionally were allowed to have tattoos, so that in case they drowned at sea their bodies could be identified and properly buried. But otherwise, being covered with tattoos was always considered a sign of savagery, and people stopped the practice once they considered themselves civilized.

Another paragraph that seems to be made up. Identification of drowned bodies at sea was one of many reasons that sailors had for getting tattoos. It is believed that after encountering people of the pacific islands with tattoos, American sailors followed suit and got tattoos to simply relieve boredom, to symbolize patriotism, love or victory. They were also used as symbols of protection or to show others how far they had traveled.

I could find no evidence that shows tattoos as a sign of savagery. To the contrary, after encountering the people of Samoa for the first time, a crew member of one of the ships described the natives in these words, “They are friendly in their speech and courteous in their behavior, with no apparent trace of wildness or savagery. They are altogether the most charming and polite natives we have seen in all of the South Seas…

With things like this being published without question, it’s no wonder that so many people still believe the stereotypes associated with tattoos.