“LOVE FOR ARTWORK”: TATTOOING AND BODY PIERCING AMONG UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, NIGERIA
Keywords:Tattooing, Body Piercing, Body Modification, Undergraduate Students, Nigeria
AbstractToday, tattooing and body piercing are increasingly gaining acceptance among the youths in Nigeria. Though these forms of body modification are not foreign to Nigeria, yet, their growing acceptance among tertiary institution students is remarkable. Against this background, this study examined the attitude and disposition of University of Ibadan undergraduate students towards tattooing and body piercing. The study was anchored on labelling theory. Data were generated through survey-questionnaire and in-depth interview. Multistage sampling technique was employed for the selection of 260 students. Findings revealed that whereas there is a growing convergence in the disposition of both male (67.0%) and female (33.0%) students towards tattooing, a sharp difference exists in their disposition towards body piercing. Fashion is the main (39.1%) reason behind University of Ibadan undergraduate students’ involvement in these forms of body modification. However, 41% of the respondents perceived their colleagues who engaged in tattooing and/or body piercing as irresponsible. Relevant stakeholders should take necessary steps to sensitize the youths on health and social implications inherent in tattooing and body piercing.
Armstrong, M. L., E. Ekmark, and B. Brooks. 1995. Body Piercing: Promoting Informed Decision Making. Journal of
School Nursing 11:20-5.
Atkinson, M. 2003. Tattooed: the Sociogenesis of a Body Art. University of Toronto Press.
Balci, S., E. Sari, and B. Mutlu. 2015. Comparison of Risk-Taking Behaviour and Frequency of Piercing and
Tattooing among University Students. Journal of Pakistan Medical Association 65(6): 587-592.
Becker, H. 1963. Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance. New York: Free Press.
Brown, K., P. Perlmutter, and R. McDermott. 2010. Relationships between Body Modifications and Very High Risky
Behaviours in a College Population. College Student Journal 36: 203-213.
Burgess, M. and Clark, L. 2010. The Savage Origins of Tattoos Cast a Prejudicial Shadow on Contemporary
Tattooed Individuals? Journal of Applied Social Psychology 40.3: 746-764.
Craik, J. 1994. The Face of Fashion: Cultural Studies in Fashion. London: Routledge.
DeMello, M. 2000. Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community. Durham: Duke
Gilbert, S. (2001). The History of Tattoo: A Source Book. Juno Books.
Gove, W.R. 1975. The Labelling of Deviance: Evaluating a Perspective. New York: Halsted.
Gritton, J.1988. Labrets and Tattooing in Native Alaska. Marks of Civilization. A. Rubin (Ed.) Los Angeles: Museum of
Cultural History. 181–191.
Jonaitis, A. 1988. Women, Marriage, Mouths and Feasting: The Symbolism of Tlingit. Marks of Civilization. A. Rubin
(Ed.) Los Angeles: Museum of Cultural History. 191–207.
Jones, C. P. 2010. Stigma and Tattoo. Written on the Body: The Tattoo in European and American History. J.
Caplan (Ed.). Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Negri, E. 1988. Nigeria Body Adornment. Lagos: Nigeria Magazine.
Rubin, A. 1988. Marks of Civilization. Los Angeles: Museum of Cultural History.
Schildkrout, E. 2004. Inscribing the Body. Annual Review of Anthropology 33: 319–344.
Sperry, K. 1992. Tattoos and Tattooing: Gross Pathology, Histopathology, Medical Complications, and Applications.
American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 13:7.
Starkie, A. 2012. Body Modifications as a Tool to Aid Human Identification. PhD Thesis, Teesside University.
Temilola, O. M. 2013. Tattoos among Youths in Yaba Community. Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences 11(1):51-
Thompson, T. and Puxley, A. 2007. Body Modification. Thompson, M. and Black, D (eds.), Forensic Human
Identification: An Introduction. CRC Press. 379-400
The Institute of Cultural Research .2000. Modern Primitives: The Recurrent Ritual of Adornment. Monograph Series
Tiggerman, M. and L. A. Hopkins. 2011. Tattoos and Piercings: Bodily Expressions of Uniqueness? Body Image 8(3):
Totten, J. W., Lipscomb, T. J. and Jones, M. A. 2009. Attitudes Toward and Stereotypes of Persons with Body Art:
Implications for Marketing Management. Academy of Marketing Studies Journal 13.2: 77-96.
Turner, B. S. 1999. The possibilities of primitiveness: Towards a Sociology of Body Marks in Cool Societies. Body
and Society, 5: 39–50.
Utoh-Ezeajugh, T. 2009. Body Adornment Practices in Nigerian Culture: A Multi-Ethnic Investigation. Creative
Artist: A Journal of Theatre and Media Studies 3.
Wessely, M. D. 2013. Inked and in Public: Tattoos and Disclosure. M.Sc. Project, The University of Wisconsin-
Wohlrab, S., J. Stahl and P.M. Kappeler. 2007. Modifying the Body: Motivations for Getting Tattooed and Pierced.
Body Image 4: 87-95.
Vogel, S. 1988. The Mark of Civilisation. A. Rubin (Ed.) Marks of Civilisation: Artistic Transformation of the Body. Los
Angeles: University of California. 70-82.
Copyright is owned by the journal.