M1.3 Tattoos in Culture (Week 3)
This activity invites you to think critically about modern culture utilizing a mainstream featuretattoos. The assignment must be completed in two steps as presented below. You must post an initial response to the first part of the assignment before commenting on a post from someone else.
STEP 1: Respond to the following prompt in a post between 200 and 400 words:
Search online, perhaps using Google images, for two public figures (athletes, celebrities, etc.) who are visibly tattooed. Addressing the questions and issues raised by your readings, explain what culturally relevant symbolic meanings those individuals tattoos might have. In what cultural context do these persons operate?
For example, how might their tattoos signify differently in the NFL vs. in the high fashion world? In mixed martial arts vs. hip hop? What do those specific tattoo styles say about ones countercultural or subcultural identity? Are they connected to any biographical and ethnic origins or contexts? How controversialor entirely acceptableare they? To help your colleagues write up their responses, be sure to paste your images directly into the thread with your first post.