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March 04, 1993 - Image 14

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The Michigan Daily, 1993-03-04

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The studious woman on my hall
has a small rose tattoo on her hip. The
rigid young man in the Army Reserves
has a pierced nipple. A guy I know who
deals. drugs and only listens to dead
musicians has a huge cannabis leaf
tattooed on his calf. A soft-spoken
alternative woman friend has both
nipples and her genitalia pierced.
If you think tattoos are only for
brawny bikers named Bubba, or that
body piercing is for the sick and
masochistic, you haven't looked very
closely at the increasing diversity of
college students who are opting to
decorate their bodies.

Tattooing and piercing seem to
go naturally with youth and music,
rebellion and self-expression. Over
Spring Break, I walked through Haight-
Ashbury where, mixed in with the
sixties retrogrades, tattooing and
piercing abounded. This is our
generation's slice of counterculture.
But unlike the long hair and peaceful
ways of the hippies, these icons are





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