Tattoos and Generation Z is all about the opinions and beliefs of humans born in the 90's and 00's. They all carry their own story, embody different statuses, and are inspired by new-age influences. This 6 part series is meant to provide different perceptions surrounding the art of tattooing. Does the generation you were born in reflect your opinion on tattooing?
PART 2: MARIYA @miloshmary
Much like the majority of those trying to make it in the entertainment industry, Mariya hasn’t committed to any permanent tattoos. With the underlying restriction to maintain ‘pure’ skin as well with the unpredictability of roles creating the challenge of having to cover them up, Mariya was intrigued with the idea of inkbox. One day she hopes to design a tattoo that reflects her quirky personality, but for now, inkbox seems to fill that gap of creative expression and inability to commit to permanency.
Do you remember the first time you heard of the idea of tattoos?
"The clearest memory I have about tattoos was back when I was in high school. I remember wanting a tattoo, but was too afraid because my mom made it obvious that tattoos were not a possibility."
In your personal opinion, what is society’s perception of people with tattoos now and where do you think it’s headed?
"I don’t believe society has fully accepted the uniqueness and self-expression associated with tattoos. In a very generalized and biased standpoint, we internalize our judgements of people with tattoos. We all have some sort of chart that we use to judge whether we accept someone or not – people with tattoos typically don’t appear very high on that list. If you have more than two or three tattoos, you’re more perceptible to questionable looks on the street. People tend to wonder why you would ‘spoil’ your skin."
“This is not to say that all people think that way. Based on my own personal experience and how I was raised, there was always that mantra of thinking. I think that people in North America and Europe are increasingly curious about tattoos, but we are still unsure on how to perceive it.”
Tattoos are here to stay whether you like it or not.
“We’re not just influenced by our environment, our environment is also influenced by us and centuries of evolving culture. I think that people will eventually get accustomed to tattoos, as opposed to viewing it as a seasonal trend. Now that I’ve discovered inkbox, I can rock various styles and kinds of tattoos for a limited period of time. It’s the perfect solution for people like myself who can’t have a tattoo due to their job, or more personal reasons. I fell in love with inkbox tattoos and maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to commit to a real one!”