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(comm)Informative Speech Assignment
The purpose of the Informative Speech is to choose a topic that interests
you and that you’d like to teach your classmates and instructors about. The
idea behind informative speaking is that you’ll be teaching us something
that you find cool and interesting about the world. You will not be
describing problems that exist in society, nor will you be attempting to
make changes in the world. Those kinds of topics are better suited for
) you have chosen and present it using the principles we
discuss from the textbook and in class.
The Informative Speech should be
You must prepare a speech that is 5-7 minutes long.
Points will be
deducted for not meeting the minimum time or exceeding the maximum
The State of Illinois requires that each speech be at least five
minutes long, so there are harsher penalties for going under time than
this is a sample of what the speech should consist of
To inform my audience about why people get tattoos and the different attitudes
towards people and from people who have tattoos.
Today I will be sharing why people get tattoos, the negative attitudes towards those who
have tattoos, and the positive impacts tattoos have on people.
According to the World Atlas, Italy has the most residents with tattoos while
Sweden and the United States follow close behind.
, as of 2019 (Oct.14) at least 36% of adults from the
ages of 18-29 have at least one tattoo.
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Tattoos in the past had negative perceptions and weren’t as accepted as they are
Today I will be sharing why people get tattoos, the negative attitudes towards
those who have tattoos, and the positive impacts tattoos have on people.
The first thing I will talk about is why people get tattoos.
Why do people get tattoos?
People get tattoos because it increases self-esteem
By getting something you want put onto your body is a
sense of control over yourself. It can allow you to reclaim
something that has been lost or taken. Some hope that by
getting a tattoo it will make them more attractive and
people will notice them more. A tattoo is a piece of art that
becomes part of the owner’s body.
In Jordan Ball and Elsner Roberts study “Tattoos
Increase Self-Esteem Among College Students”
which was published in September 2019, it was
stated that “[t]attoos can be viewed as a self-
directed identity claim; these claims are physical
manifestations of who an individual views
themselves to be.”
Another reason why people get tattoos is because it helps them
identify as a person.
It brings them a sense of belonging. For example, many
soldiers get tattoos as well because it gives them a sense of
pride and it becomes a way to remember their fallen
brothers and a way to remember the tragic events.
According to a post on the US Army’s official website,
they estimate that around
90% of all soldiers
have at least
I just explained why people get tattoos and now I am going to talk about the
negative attitudes towards tattoos.
Negative Attitudes Towards Tattoos
Tattoos for many years now have had a bad reputation. If you have
one, some may say you are defiant and engage in “risk taking”
behavior. Or some may think you have low self esteem.
According to Andrew Timming and David Perretts “Trust
and mixed signals: A study of religion, tattoos, and
cognitive dissonance“ from July 2016, they stated that
“[b]ody art, for example, is correlated with risk-taking
behaviors such as drug use and violence, perceptions of
reduced mental health, physiological illness, criminal
delinquency, and among other undesirable outcomes.”
Older generations’ perception of tattooing can be
explained by their idea of traditional
characterizations of tattooing. When individuals of
the older generations were the same age as today’s
youth, tattooing was perceived as a deviant practice.
Among many religions, social groups, and other people they
believe that by having tattoos will lower your chances of getting a
In Sharron Lennon and Kim Johnsons “Tattoos as a form of
dress: A review(2000-18)” from March 2019, they stated
“[p]erhaps this unwillingness to hire visibly tattooed people
is tied to concerns that impressions of tattooed workers
negatively on the company and impact company success”.
By having tattoos show, it can reflect negatively on
the company. The customers might think the
company does not care.
I explained why people get tattoos and the negative attitudes towards tattoos, so
now I will talk about the positive impacts tattoos have on people.
Positive Impacts Tattoos Have on People
As I stated before, people become more confident once they get a
tattoo. Some tattoos are hidden from the public eye but some are
not, and those can be complemented. An outsider can view a
person with tattoos as a confident person.
In Semino Kertzman and her colleagues research article
“Do Young Women with Tattoos Have Lower Self-Esteem
and Body Image than Their Peers without Tattoos?” which
was published in January 2019, they stated “[s]ome people
perceive tattooed individuals as immoral, crude, unstable,
undesirable and foolish, while others consider them
appealing, interesting,unique, self-confident, desirable and
Not only is the tattoo helping the individual become
more confident in themselves, but others as well. By
complimenting someone on their tattoo, could help
them as well. They will take pride in knowing that
others like their tattoos.
By getting a tattoo it is enhancing their body image. They are able
to express what they want on their body. The tattoo can have
significant meaning or no meaning at all. Some simply just get a
tattoo just to get one.
In Colin Zestcotts study “What do you think about ink? An
examination of implicit and explicit attitudes toward
tattooed indiciduals” which was published in January 2018,
it was stated that “[i]ndividuals with tattoos view tattooing
as an important means of self-expression.”
According to the Collins Dictionary self-expression
is defined as “the expression of your
feelings, or opinions, for example through an
artistic activity such as drawing or dancing”. They
use their bodies as a canvas to tell a story that their
words can’t capture.
Today I explained why people get tattoos, the negative attitudes towards tattoos,
and the positive impacts tattoos have on people.
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People get tattoos because it increases self-esteem and it brings them a sense of
belonging, and it also gives them a way to express themselves. However, along
with having tattoos they also bring negative emotions and comments from others.
“Our bodies were printed as blank pages to be filled with the ink of our hearts” ―