Nowadays, studies show that one in seven adults now sport one or more tattoos. Much can be credited to shows TLC's Miami Ink
, its spin-off series LA Ink
, and A&E's Inked
as they have taken body art out of the realm of bikers, rock stars and rebellious teenagers.
Among the tattoo-themed programs, Miami Ink
has originally established the art of tattoo as a mainstream form of self expression. The show features shop owner Ami James
and Chris Nunez
as they rise to the top of their field as professional tattoo artists, while they reach out to a number of customers, who also reveals their back stories and motivations for choosing their tattoos.
Another reason that tattoos have reached a higher level of acceptance is the show LA Ink
, which attracted more than 3 million viewers in its premiere episode. The show features Kat Von D
, who was initially known for her exposure on Miami Ink
, as she opens her own shop in Los Angeles.
Although TV ratings cannot justify the general public's acceptance of tattoos, researchers prove that more and more people with tattoos are showing up in white-collar workplaces.
At present, more than one-third of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have tattoos, and 40 percent of those between 26 and 40, according to a Pew Research study. For those over age 40, the number drops to 10 percent. In all, an estimated 30 million to 40 million people have tattoos. Whether or not employers and clients approve the trend remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, reality shows like Miami Ink
and LA Ink
are just among those who promote body art. As a further sign of growing popularity, convenience store, 7-Eleven, has launched an energy drink called Inked, targeted to a rapidly growing niche market, which are the young, tattooed Americans.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: WFIE-TV, Times Record News
(Image courtesy of TLC)