Shifting taboos on tattoos
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.