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Rebels without cause: Tattoo is no longer a symbol of transgression

by Ace Damon
Rebels without cause: Tattoo is no longer a symbol of transgression

The body image of chef Henrique Fogaça, all enclosed with drawings, is just another proof that the practice has lost the "wrong thing"

Rebels without cause: Tattoo is far from being a symbol of transgression

10/02/2019 – 4:45 pm (Updated on 10/04/2019 – 8:50 am)

An entire tattooed body can even cause some stir in social networks, as occurred with the image posted by chef Henrique Fogaça on Tuesday (1). But it is far from being identified as a symbol of rebellion. Tattoo, who knew, turned out to be trivial.

Tattooing is the result of a deposit of insoluble (or not) colored pigments on the skin. These pigments form a design and remain permanently in the subcutaneous layer. The most common technique injects pigments with the use of special needles in the second layer of epithelial tissue (skin) in the dermis region.

The curious thing is to see that the drawings engraved on the body, which always generated controversy and were received with prejudice, are as old as humanity itself. According to websites specializing in the subject, the earliest record of a tattoo was discovered in 1991 on the frozen corpse of a Copper Age man.

The remains of man date from 3,300 years before Christ. On his body were found several lines in the region of the back, ankles, wrists, knees and feet, which would have been created from the friction of coal in vertical cuts made on the skin.

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There are records of the practice in Egyptians and Romans, among the Crusader soldiers, in the Eastern peoples, for different purposes, such as religious rituals, identification of social groups, marking of prisoners and slaves, ornamentation, and even camouflage.

The tradition was rediscovered in 1769, when British Captain James Cook landed in Tahiti, where the word "tatau" was used to designate the way the tattoo was made – making the ink penetrate the body. In 1891, American inventor Samuel O'Reilly patented the world's first electric tattoo machine.

Throughout history, tattooing has been marked as a way of expression for counterculture groups, sailors, inmates, and war veterans. Today, there are no more ghettos. Prejudice dissolved in time. People from a wide range of cultures, ages and ethnicities carry images on their skin. It is a form of individual expression. No more astonishment.

Very few parents will create confusion if a child says they will get a tatto. At the age of 18, the first step of many is to nail a design into the skin. From patricinha to bro, anyone who wants can sport a tattoo and that's fine. The little rebels need to find another way. Tattooing the body does not shock anyone else.

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