Tattooing in the United States

Like most tattoos in the US Were made by Polynesia and Japanese amateur tattoo artists were in demand in port cities around the world, especially European and American sailors. The first professional tattoo artist registered in the USA. Was a German immigrant, Martin Hildebrandt.
A store was opened in New York City in 1846 and quickly became popular during the American Civil War between the Union soldiers and sailors and the Confederate armies. Hildebrandt began traveling from a camp to tattoo soldiers, so her popularity increases, and also give birth to the tradition of getting tattoos while an American soldier. Shortly after the Civil War, tattoos have become fashionable among upper-class young adults. This trend continued until the beginning of the First World War. The invention of the electric tattoo machine caused the popularity of tattoos among the rich to declare. The machine has made the tattoo process easier and cheaper, thus removing symbol tattoos from the previously occupied condition since they were now affordable to all socioeconomic classes. The status symbol of a tattoo moved a representation of wealth, to a mark that is generally seen in rebels and criminals. Despite this change, tattoos being popular among the military, and the tradition continues today.
Many studies have been done on the tattooed population and the view of the tattoos society. In June 2006, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology published the results of a telephone survey of 2004 revealed that 36% of Americans aged 18 to 29 years, 24% of 30-40 years and 15% 41 -51 had a tattoo. In September 2006, the Pew Research Center conducted a telephone survey that found that 36% of Americans aged 18-25 years, 40% of 26-40 years old and 10% of 41-64 had a tattoo . They came to the conclusion that Generation X and Generation Y are not afraid to express themselves through their appearance, and tattoos are the most popular form of personal expression. In January 2008, a survey conducted online by Harris Interactive found that 14% of all adults in the United States have a tattoo, slightly lower than 2003, while 16% had a tattoo. Among the age groups, 9% of 18-24 year olds, 32% of the 25-29 year olds, 25% of the 30-39 year olds and 12% of the 40-49s have tattoos, and the 8% of the 50-64. Men are slightly more likely to have a tattoo than women.
Richmond, Virginia, has been cited as one of the most tattooed cities in the United States. This distinction makes the Richmond Valentine Story Center to create an online exhibition called “History, Ink: Project Archive Tattoo.” The introduction of the notes of the exhibition, “In the past, Western culture has associated tattoos with people living on the outskirts of society, but nowadays they are recognized as a legitimate and widely accepted art form in traditional culture .
Since the 1970s, tattoos have become an integral part of western fashion, common to both sexes, from all economic classes and age groups in late adolescence to middle age. For many young Americans, the tattoo took a decidedly different direction than the previous generations. The tattoo has “undergone a dramatic redefinition” and passed in a deviant way an acceptable form of expression.