Both tattooing and self harm are both prevalent in correctional institutions. Whilst some 'prison tattoos' have a specific inherent message, there is often a deeper psychological motivation too. Both tattooing and self harm have been interpreted as an expression by the inmate or patient to demonstrate ownership, defiance and retain control of some aspect of their lives.
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"I find it quite worrying that some people think of tattoos as "self harming" I consider mine to he self improvement!"
"In my opinion the difference between harm and benefit is pretty obvious. Afo matter if you cut your arm off, get a tattoo 01 take the dog for a walk, the only difference between benefit and harm is: does it make you happier or more miserable in the long term? Other people's opinions really don't matter, and it rarely hurts to make this clear - It's *your* .body."
"I haven't ever used tattoos as self harm because they're too pretty to be associated with that time in my life. I want my body art to represent good times in my life & empowering moments. 1 don't want to carry round the worst parts of my life! I already have scars on my body to remind me of that. "
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