Body Art became a part of the popular culture, and then slowly became a rage in the new millennium. It was always popular among people eager to showcase their individuality. For many, tattoos were a mode of manifestation of the real self of people. Despite all this, there was a barrier that was holding back body art from becoming a part of the mainstream. The barrier finally gave away when celebrities embraced and endorsed body art as an extension of one’s personality. Celebrities not only got tattoos done but also flaunted them as being fashionable. People, who lap up everything that their admired celebrities endorse, were quick to jump on to the bandwagon and joined them soon. They too became a part of the clan that sported body art. The trend that reached its zenith, is slowly seeing signs of fading away. Is this the beginning of the end of body art ? Or is it moving towards a more evolved form? The following factors can be zeroed in upon as the dampeners that are perhaps hastening the movement towards body art falling below its status of being a rage.
1. Some celebrities getting their tattoos removed or terming them unfashionable
People, including celebrities, often get their tattoos done on the spur of the moment. Such forms of body art lose their relevance once the initial euphoria subsides. Even the likes of Angelina Jolie and Billie Bob Thornton have got some of their tattoos removed. This brings us to question the very premise of getting body art done on impulse. In addition, not all stars see body art as fashionable and have been quite vocal about it.
2. The fad is seeing a normal course of highs and the subsequent lows
Body art could be on its way out just like a normal fad that sees a decline, and disappears post a period of frenzy. This is because the trend is not embraced by people on their own accord but is just a means of trying to emulate or imitate the rich and the famous. It is one thing to see and admire something on the television, and something altogether different to have to live it in the form of body art.
3. The permanent nature of body art
Unlike fads in clothing, accessories or hairstyles, body art happens to be permanent. People cannot wish it away once it is done. The process of tattoo removal in itself is much more expensive than getting body art done in the first place. Only the people who are real admirers of this form of art, remain the ardent fans forever. The rest have and do tend to get over their liking over a period of time.
4. Pain associated with tattoo removal
Tattoo removal procedures such as Laser tattoo removal, burn a hole in your pocket but the physical pain is even more difficult to endure. Moreover, the procedure ends up giving people a scar in place of the pattern they had so willingly got inked onto themselves.