While researching an essay about tattoos, I ran across a site asking “Why Do Younger Female Americans Choose to Get a Tattoo?”
This is actually a very valid question, and one that could give major insight into the thought processes of teenage and early twenty-something year old women. It probably says quite a bit about American culture as well.
However, the first contributed response was:
“Because it’s rebellious, yet trendy”
Let’s consider that for a moment, shall we? Rebellious is a word used to describe something that is outside of the norm, an act or thing that flaunts conventionality, and is viewed by some (if not many) with disapproval. Trendy, on the other hand, is used to describe a fad, a temporary style or preference that Madison Avenue alters every year in an attempt to keep consumers, well – consuming.
Rebellion means acting contrary to trends.
Trendy (in this definition) denotes making decisions to impress or secure the approval of others.
Herein lies the conundrum at the foundation of all American adolescent and young person’s perspectives:
I want to be an individual, but I want to be just like everyone else.