Tattoos are no longer considered counter-culture.
Dominant ideologies that once reserved tattoos for
bikers, criminals, and sailors now consider tattoos as
highly popularized and commonplace. This poster
explores the acts of getting, maintaining, and displaying
tattoos as symbolic action. Rhetorical elements such as
style, context, and message exist within modern tattoo
culture. Modern body ink is rhetorical in that tattoos are
persuasive and contextually meaningful. Tattoos can be
a sign of community and exist as a personal narrative
and a social artifact fixed in time.