BY KELSEY WALTER
The buzzing hum of a tattoo machine is all that can be heard at the Sands Event Center during the 11th annual Skindustry Tattoo Expo.
With over 100 tattoo artists present, people can be tattooed with an appointment that day, and some can also get their tattoos done without an appointment.
This convention is one of the many events that shows the growth of tattoo culture within the past few years.
As of 2017, more than one-third of American young adults have at least one tattoo, according to a report done by the Pew Research Center.
According to historyoftattoos.net, 30 percent of all college graduates in the United States have at least one tattoo.
Tattoos have been a part of human culture for thousands of years, and to some people, it’s a beautiful way to express yourself.
“I think tattoos are a form of art, and they can be very meaningful. All tattoos have a meaning of some sort,” said Business major Thais Rivera. “I’m not sure why people have such a negative view of them.”
Rivera explained that, at some point, she plans to get one, but at the moment she’s just not sure of what she would get.
When asked about her opinions on tattoos, Journalism major Marilee Ortiz said, “I think they are a beautiful, expressive art form that doesn’t deserve the slander it receives.”
Some people are also able to appreciate tattoos, even if they don’t plan to get many in the future.
“I like them. I personally wouldn’t get a ton,” English major Gabrielle Stanley said when asked her opinions on tattoos. “I can appreciate them as a very detailed and interesting art form.”
Many events are held throughout the year to show the growth of tattoo culture in today’s society.
If you’re interested in tattoos or appreciating the skill of tattoo artists, the Skindustry Tattoo Expo is held in The Bethlehem Sands Event Center every March, and in other areas of the East Coast throughout the year.