Yes, tats have been around for thousands of years. But it's been the Gen Y population that's responsible for the massive surge in popularity for the past several years. Millions of people who would have never considered getting a tat are now "inked".
It's just a matter of time before this fad is over, but unlike the Gen Xers who could shave their goatees and rid themselves of the Grunge look, or Baby Boomers who could take off the peace pendants and beads, a tat is permanent.
So what gives? Hip becomes unhip, very quickly in modern society. And the vast majority of recent tat recipients did it to be "Hip".
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That''s why I think getting a tattoo should be a decision that's very well considered and the design you get should mean something to you. For instance- my brother has a maple leaf on his back and our family crest on his calf. Both are meaningful and not something he's likely to regret. Myself, I never thought I'd be able to settle on something I'd like forever until a friend of mine passed away. The memorial tattoo I have in honour of his life isn't a fad- it's a piece of him that I can carry with me forever. If anyone ever asks (and they do periodically) I can say without qualm what the tat means to me and if I ever have children, I would never feel uncomfortable explaining how I loved someone who died too young and this is how I keep his memory alive, how I keep him with me. If tattoos have meaning outside of the fad, I don't see anything wrong with them.0