Tattooing and Body Piercing
Body piercing and tattoo has become very popular with adolescents and adults in their early twenties. While the general public and parents may perceive this procedure as rebellious and deviant behavior, some reasons adolescents offer for body piercing is that (a) it is a form of body art, (b) it is fashionable, (c) it makes a personal statement, or (d) it is daring. This 8 page paper argues that participating in this newest of fashion trends is a means to establish personal identity through disassociation from accepted norms. Adolescents and young adults are developmentally susceptible to rebellious behavior. It is seen, by many, as a rite of passage. For others, it fulfills a need to justify social anxiety by avoidance. Bibliography lists 9 sources.