Saturday, June 10, 2006
It looks like this bizarre fad is continuing, unabated. I do predict that it will fade.
Future generations of kids will make fun of their parents tattoos the way today's Gen Xers make fun of their parents bell-bottoms, platform shoes and disco records.
A generation or two ago, Yu's tattoos -- to say nothing of his pierced nose -- probably would have placed him in a select company of soldiers, sailors, bikers and carnival workers. But no longer.
The American University employee is among about 36 percent of Americans age 18 to 29 with at least one tattoo, according to a survey.
The study, scheduled to appear Monday on the Web site of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, provides perhaps the most in-depth look at tattoos since their popularity exploded in the early 1990s.
The results suggest that 24 percent of Americans between 18 and 50 are tattooed; that's almost one in four. Two surveys from 2003 suggested just 15 percent to 16 percent of U.S. adults had a tattoo.