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How Are Tattoos Perceived Today?

Hands and Tattoos
Woman with 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

Smashing pots
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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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Online Gambling Trends for 2019

VR set to be a big casino trend in 2019
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Online gambling may be one of the fastest growing industries in the world, but it is also still a very young industry. This means that it is still evolving and changing, sometimes in unexpected or unusual ways. Therefore, it pays to look ahead, and make predictions about what might occur in the coming months.

These are, of course, exactly that though – just predictions. So if a trend comes along that takes us by surprise, we can all chalk it up to the unpredictability of an industry that is still finding its legs. That being said, let’s take a look at the hottest online gambling trends being predicted for 2019.

Game Design Advancements

One of the biggest challenges facing digital casino game designers is that the software is expected to run smoothly on mobile devices. Yes, many of these devices are extremely powerful and capable, but just as many aren’t, and therein lies the problem.

The games are expected to run on as many devices as possible, which means that they must be designed for the least capable mobile phones, not only the most current and powerful. Hence, we have had an avalanche of low quality, unsightly games that are none too impressive in comparison to others of the same generation.

However, things have come a long way in a short space of time. Not only has mobile technology shunted along at a breakneck speed, but the software used to make this software has also come leaps and bounds. This means that, inevitably, the software released over the course of 2019 is going to be better in all regards. In fact, the jumps in game quality are expected to be huge.

AR and VR Casinos

Everyone can agree that Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are impressive. Then why haven’t they been adopted into the mainstream? For much the same reasons as the above. The technology is there, it’s just that not only are the platforms for this new potential to operate not been widely available, but the developers have been drastically inexperienced in compatible software creation.

This, once again, is all expected to change in the coming year. AR and VR are about to be more widely accessible than ever before, with prices dipping down to their lowest levels ever. In addition, game creators are now getting ahead, with more time and resources being poured into the use of AR and VR being integrated into casinos technology.

 

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Facial Recognition

Helping players be more immersed in their online experience seems to be a priority for many companies. What could be more appealing than literally seeing your own face in a game, with little to no effort on the part of the player? This is the potential of facial recognition. As more devices adopt this powerful new technology, the more likely it will be utilised in digital casinos.

Cryptocurrency

The adoption of cryptocurrency has been a bit of a roller coaster in 2018. After the initial craze that swept the world, it all seemed to die out just as quickly, with most simply seeming to accept that the age of Bitcoin was over as quickly as it had risen

Nevertheless, cryptocurrency is still around, and still has many important, practical uses. In the world of online casinos, it has rather obvious, convenient applications, namely that it is not bound to regions or borders. This makes it all but indispensable in getting players to engage in your online casino, no matter where they are in the world. As to just how big a part cryptocurrency will play, exactly, remains to be seen, but there is certainly going to be a push for it to become more mainstream.

Conclusions

Given that the industry is based squarely around digital tech, it makes sense that the majority of new trends are likewise based on new and innovative tech evolution. We can now only sit back and wait to see if the industry of the future leans more towards the AR and VR, or perhaps more towards a sweeping cryptocurrency transformation. Either way, it will be exciting to behold, and we’re thrilled to be part of it!