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How Are Tattoos Perceived Today?

Hands and Tattoos
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Tattoos have existed as a form of body art for thousands of years, all the way back to the Neolithic Period. Mummies covered in marks have been discovered all over the world. Given the prominence of marking one’s body for millennia, we can assume that tattoos have not always been a source of judgement as in many cultures in the past centuries. In the recent past, tattoos have been associated with criminals, lower classes, druggies, and bikers. As a result, people with them have long been victims of prejudice and side glances. We are luckily seeing a change in perceptions today as tattoos become more mainstream.

Why do people get tattoos?

Getting a Tattoo
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Sometimes it seems as if everyone has a tattoo nowadays. But why do they get them? For some it is simply for aesthetic reasons. They enjoy having artwork on their bodies rather than just on a wall in their homes. Other people choose tattoos for sentimental reasons. It could be in remembrance of someone or some time special in their lives. Others get a tattoo during a rebellious phase of their lives.

There are logically going to be similar tattoos on more than one person. Many people have roses, swallows, and stars. But the meanings behind each tattoo will never be exactly the same. Each person, whatever their reason for getting their tattoo, gets it with their own experiences and memories. And the mere act of getting a tattoo provides a new experience that affects a person’s view of the world. For example, while getting a tattoo is painful, one knows the pain will end, and the result will be beautiful. This is a good philosophy to have in life.

Are tattoos still equivalent to criminality?

Man hands with tattoos
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Not as much as in the past, when many were to show alliance to a gang, to symbolize one’s passage through prison, or even to keep track of the crimes committed. A lot of respectable people have tattoos, including many successful world leaders, current and in the past. Our own Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a Haida raven on his left arm. The 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) had his family crest tattooed on his chest. British King George V (1865-1936) had a red and blue dragon on his arm from a trip to Japan. Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, had an anchor tattoo on his arm. This goes to show that having a tattoo does not make one a bad person and incapable of success in life.

Does having a tattoo make it harder to get a job?

Having tattoos doesn’t affect a career or job like it used to for everyday people. Even the United States Marines allows visible tattoos, except for on the face, because they realized that they were missing out on great recruits as a result. The subject of the tattoo(s), the number, and the locations are things that hiring managers today consider based on the position being filled. An increasing number of places place more stock in a person’s qualifications than their appearance. This being said, in a customer-facing job in a major corporation, it may be preferable to have no visible tattoos.

However, there are still workplaces that require workers cover their tattoos at all times or refuse to hire someone with them. This prejudice appears to be different depending on the country as studies have shown:

  • no disadvantage (University of Western Australia),
  • could even be an added plus (University of Miami, US),
  • and will or might be a hindrance to being hired (Workopolis, Canada).

In general, do people judge those with tattoos?

Man with tattoos checking his mobile phone
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It depends. Most people no longer care what others do with their own bodies. But there are still people who believe that getting a tattoo is a stupid decision. Some think that someone with tattoos is untrustworthy and even looks like a criminal. This has been true in Asia in particular. For a long time, the only people in Japan with tattoos were members of the Yakuza. There has been a bit of a mindset shift in the past few years as more foreigners visit the country. Others believe it makes a person less attractive, less intelligent, and overall less desirable. Just as in the past you had to dress up to enter a casino (still the case for some), there still unfortunately remain some prejudices against people with tattoos. When it comes to playing online casino games, there is no judgement – come as you are and have fun!

The Top 5 Worldwide Easter Trends

Easter chocolate
Easter chocolate
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Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The New Testament says this occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion. It is preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

In countries with a large Christian population or history, Easter is often a public holiday. As Easter is always on a Sunday, many countries in the world also observe Easter Monday as a public holiday and some also have Good Friday (the day of Christ’s crucifixion).

1. The Easter Egg Hunt

Obama rolling eggs with children on the White House lawn
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As an ancient Pagan symbol of new life and rebirth, the egg became associated by the Christians with Jesus’ crucifixion and subsequent resurrection.

Although the roots of the Easter egg hunt aren’t known, many believe it dates back to the 1700s and the Pennsylvania Dutch in the US. They believed that a rabbit called the Oschter Haws laid eggs in the grass. Children then built nests for the rabbit to lay in so they could search for its eggs after. The Oschter Haws eventually became known as the Easter Bunny, no longer laying eggs, but leaving treats instead.

Today’s most famous Easter egg hunt is held at the White House on Easter Monday. The “egg roll” party has been hosted by American presidents and their families since 1878. It is held on the South Lawn and is one of the oldest annual events in White House history. The First Lady Dolley Madision is credited with the original idea of a public egg roll and there are stories that President Abraham Lincoln hosted some informal ones during his tenure.

2. Decorating Eggs

giant Easter eggs in Croatia
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During their celebrations of springtime and the new life it brings, ancient peoples would include the symbolic eggs (as mentioned above) by decorating them. These coloured eggs would then be given to their friends and families as gifts. When Christianity spread, this tradition was integrated. The most common colour used to dye them was red as a symbol of Christ’s blood shed as he was crucified.

Today, different countries have different techniques for decorating their Easter eggs. For example, in Ukraine intricate folk designs are drawn onto eggs and then they are dyed. Rather than dying eggs, the people of the Czech Republic blow the egg out of its shell and then wrap and weave thin wire around it.

3. Easter Fire

German Easter Fire
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During the Easter weekend, large fires are lit at dusk in Northwestern European regions including Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Northern Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Austria. The tradition has been around at least since the 16th century, although likely was performed by the Saxons long before. These fires were traditionally lit to symbolize Spring’s victory over Winter, chasing its darkness away. They also symbolized fertility and the ashes were used in fields and meadows around town to help the new crops grow. Today these fires are more an excuse to come together as a community and enjoy yummy food and drinks.

4. Pot Throwing

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Primarily an Orthodox Easter celebration on Corfu, a Greek island, pot throwing is believed to chase off evil spirits. The origin of this surprising custom is not clear, however locals believe that the Venetians started it when they ruled Corfu from the 14th to 18th centuries. At the beginning of each new year, the Venetians would throw away old belongings to make way for the fresh new ones.

After the Venetians left, the Greeks adapted the custom by replacing the old belongings with clay pots and shifting the date to the highly-important Easter holiday. When these pots are smashed, the spectators take pieces home as good luck charms. Some also believe that the pots are a symbol of the new crops that will come with the arrival of springtime.

5. Pouring Water On One Another

men drenching woman with water in Hungary
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Easter Monday is also known as Wet Monday in Eastern European countries such as Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. Some say Wet Monday gained its name when Christianity came to Poland and the Prince Mieszko was baptized on Easter Monday. It also may have its origins in a Slavic pagan ceremony in which the Corn Mother fertility goddess was “watered.” A doll or wreath made from corn received this water to encourage the crops’ growth.

Whichever the origin, the Śmigus-dyngus tradition lives on through the pouring of water on girls and boys. On Monday, boys pour water on girls and spank them with willow branches. Willows being the first tree to bloom in the springtime according to legend, the spanking serves to transfer the tree’s vitality and fertility. The wettest girl has the highest chance of getting married. The next day it is the girls’ turn to throw water on the boys and spank them back.

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Comparing Cigarettes With Vaping Devices

Woman vaping
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Let’s face it. Smokers don’t have many places that they can go to in public these days. Anywhere from restaurants and bars to cinemas and casinos will no longer allow any form of smoking in their establishments. Those who are addicted to cigarettes have to find alternatives, like ordering in food or using an online casino rather than attending in person. It is either that or having to stand outside in the freezing cold like a pariah, forever to be cast out from the rest of society. Of course, there is another option – vaping. In fact, e-cigarettes have become a popular alternative to smoking even though that was not their design purpose, strictly speaking. E-cigarettes were originally championed by public health campaigners to help people give up tobacco consumption. In many cases, however, one habit has simply replaced another. How does smoking versus vaping stack up?

What Is an E-cigarette?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an e-cigarette is a device which produces an aerosol by heating a liquid that is subsequently breathed into the lungs by the user. The liquid will commonly contain nicotine, the same addictive agent that you find in normal cigarettes. Some also contain flavourings and other chemicals but they should not contain the tar that is found in cigarettes and cigars. Secondary smoking, also known as passive smoking, is eliminated by this method so people nearby to the user are not impacted when they exhale the material – unlike those close to smokers, of course. E-cigarettes take many shapes and have all sorts of designs but they work on the same basic principle. They are also called vapes, tank systems and mods, among other things.

What Are the Pros and Cons?

As mentioned, a big plus point of vaping is that you should not harm those around you. That said, some people don’t like to be in the same room as another person who is using an e-cigarette. They are increasingly banned in public places and offices, just like cigarettes once were. There can be little doubt that e-cigarettes represent a great way of obtaining nicotine without the need to burn all of the harmful chemicals in the way that a smoker would do. However good that may be for helping people to give up on cigarettes, many people now agree that there are alternatives for feeding a nicotine addiction which are preferable, such as chewing gum or wearing slow-release patches. Vaping might have helped some people give up cigarettes but it can also feed the hand-to-mouth habit that so many smokers struggle with. As it becomes banned in social situations more and more across Canada, then you can expect it to be of less and less use as a long-term alternative to smoking.

What Are the Risks?

One of the problems with e-cigarettes is that long-term studies into its potential downsides have not been conducted. In short, we know less about the risks of vaping than we do about smoking. E-cigarettes are not recommended to young people who have never smoked before, nor should they be used by pregnant women because nicotine is known to have an impact on unborn babies. Taking any particles deeply into the lungs, as happens with vaping, will have some health impact although the exact nature of it may not yet be fully known. Furthermore, some users find that they suffer from over-exposure when they don’t dilute their vaping fluid correctly or have an explosion from a defective e-cigarette.

An e-cigarette in use
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Which Is the Healthiest Option?

In spite of the potential health outcomes from vaping, most healthcare professionals consider e-cigarettes to be safer than cigarettes. This is the case for users as well as those around them. That said, more scientific evidence is gathered every day which points to the fact that avoiding nicotine at all is preferable, especially in the case of pregnant women. Try other options. Even going for a walk to take your mind off your craving can be beneficial – and you are not likely to contract cancer from doing something healthy like that!

What About Cancer?

Although cigarettes are linked to a number of cancers, it is not fully understood how the 7,000 or so chemicals in a cigarette increase the likelihood of being diagnosed with this disease. Therefore, removing many of the toxins associated with smoking by vaping means you can expect to be less exposed to the risks. However, since the long-term effects of vaping are not yet understood, users should not assume they are in the clear. Indeed, in addition to the nicotine that is a key ingredient, heavy metals like lead as well as substances known as volatile organic compounds are used in e-cigarettes, all of which are known to have a carcinogenic effect.