Women are now showing their support for their cause in a very public and permanent way—by tattooing it on their bodies.
Earlier this year, at the University of North Carolina, two students filed a Title IX complaint with their university, citing the groundbreaking legal provision against sex-based discrimination in their case. These girls spoke passionately about their cause—in fact, the cause is so close to their heart that they even had “IX” tattooed on their feet.
Glamourreported that this isn’t uncommon—many people have tattooed their bodies with their cause, proud to show off what they support.
Many in the animal rights movement have taken to using nudity to make their point that fur and animal skin for clothing is an inhumane practice. For inked-up protestors, they get to make their case two ways, by also displaying their tattoos, as many celebrities and others have done with PETA’s Ink Not Mink campaign. Dani Lugosi took to the streets to raise awareness for the cause, wearing nothing but her tattoos and a sign to promote her cause.
Dani Lugosi raising awareness for animal rights
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Suzanne Africa Engo has been fighting the AIDS epidemic in Africa since she was a child, speaking at the UN at the age of 6 as a junior ambassador from her native Cameroon. She has a number of tattoos that represent her beliefs and struggle. Here she displays the name of Dame Elizabeth Taylor that she had inked on her arms in tribute to Taylor’s contributions towards combating AIDS in Africa.
Suzanne Africa Engo shows off her tattoos
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Many people who are HIV positive have gotten tattoos, expressing their condition to the world. HIV Positive Magazine reported that, putting it in the public eye forces people to discuss it. It was reported that others feel that the tattoos mark people who have HIV like lepers. Still, many people have chosen to get their HIV positive status tattooed on their body.
HIV Positive tattoos
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Cancer ribbons are an extremely popular tattoo, showing support for those who have concurred and perished at the hands of the disease. Stephanie Tamez, a tattoo artist at Brooklyn-based parlor Saved Tattoo, said she has tattooed pink ribbons on husbands in support of their wives undergoing treatment. Kelly Davidson made headlines due to her intricate cancer tattoo, which was inked directly on her chest and over the scars of her double mastectomies that has made her fight against this ailing disease a viral sensation, after she posted it online.
Tattoos have always been a form of self-expression and have often made people more confident in their looks. Sharing a cause that is near and dear to their hearts through this medium is only increasing the number of people confident in their bodies and more than happy to show them off to the world.