Shift­ing taboos on tat­toos

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For a long time, tat­toos have had a bad rap, with those who were en­ticed by ink en­cour­aged to place them some­where pri­vate or hide them in the work­place. But things are chang­ing. One in ve of us have gone un­der the nee­dle and it’s be­com­ing clear that tat­toos can bring much more to our lives than sim­ply ink. With body pos­i­tiv­ity such a hot topic, some women are turn­ing to body art to change their per­cep­tion of their shape. Writer Megan Nolan (@mmegan­nolan) re­cently sparked an on­line out­pour of self-love with a sin­gle tweet. “Get­ting fun tat­toos is the best thing I ever did to com­bat body hate”, she posted, ex­plain­ing that tat­toos on body parts that she hated have now made her love them. The replies were a heart-warm­ing read of in­creased self-es­teem and body con dence. Sci­enti c re­search also backs up the the­ory: tat­toos are good for us. A new study in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Hu­man Bi­ol­ogy sug­gests that the tat­too­ing process teaches the body how to re­cover from stres­sors, boost­ing the im­mune sys­tem with ev­ery new piece. Ul­ti­mately, the choice to ink or not to ink comes down en­tirely to per­sonal pref­er­ence, but it’s good to know that the de­ci­sion to tat­too is no longer quite so taboo.

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