Reflection & Analysis

-Think of some significant events that you’ve experienced throughout this course

Using inquiry, understanding that format isn’t always required

-Think of your reaction during these events and list everything that comes to mind

Taken back, confused, questioning if my work in high-school was ever “good”, frustrated, impatient, critical thinking

-Ask yourself why you think you reacted the way that you did, how dd it change you?

It changed how I viewed writing. Now that I realize there is no “correct format” it makes it that much easier for me to write. Stress reliever


Complicating it

Shelby stated that maybe tattoos are a much bigger deal now than they were in the 90’s due to lack of media and tattoos being exposed to the world through media. That draws me back to the way people view the different ink movement that there is. Do you think that people would really complain and judge a cross on your arm if you were to be walking down the street verse a random monster looking tattoo. Would media be more to pick up a story on a tattoo about a cross or a random sick, monster looking tattoo? But what is that “random sick, monster looking” tattoo was significant to you, would it be looked down upon and mediated just because it’s different and stands out more?

Lauren found that Native Americans used tattoos to symbolize their unity and represent their different tribes. But isn’t this what Christians, Jew, Muslims, and other religions do as well to show their unity and what the believe? Individuals are to express themselves in a way that makes them feel unique. Art is a growing thing in the world, we just need to “accept” that tattooing is now apart of what we call art. But why are people still so against it if it’s not necessarily a sin through their religion and it was here long before they were even alive?

Still Digging’

“The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian “tatu,” which means, “to mark something.” Tattoos were educated by Ta’arora, the two sons of God, it was called a “tapu”, also known as a sacred art form. Training took place on how to perform these tattoos and what the meaning of designs were. It says here that tattoos have always had an important role in ritual and tradition. Might they be important to some now, why are they being judged? Did the context get taken out? Is it because not everyone gets a tattoo in correspondence with their religion? Have tattoos been taken too far?

What do some illustrations that are in-graved in your skin actually mean? Could a rose just be a rose or is it “romance”? Is a horse really just a horse? A barbed wired fence just a fence or a sense of protection, maybe a sign someone has been in prison? What symbols, illustrations could have gang association? Do you ever really know? Maybe that’s what the “wrong” is in tattoos that religions look down upon. Here on NPR I have found an article that relates to the meaning of tattoos and what they might just mean. They are concerned about professional football players involved with ink movement may be having them for the wrong idea. Reading someones tattoos is a way of reading someone. “Tattoo collectors often wear art that speaks to them personally, whether it be their culture, religion, even tributes to loved ones.” Marisa said, “The phoenix has been a longtime tattoo favorite and continues to grow in popularity, as people identify with the mythology surrounding this bird who rises from the ashes, renewed in life. It often represents that a wearer has overcome some adversity.” But what if someone has a phoenix with a different meaning? Are they still judged? Or are they not just because it’s a phoenix and from a religious standpoint that could be okay and viewed as a religious tattoo?

This article states that individuals with the ink movement may improve their interpersonal relationship with their self and self identification if they are actually able to express on their bodies what they are apart of, where they came form, and what they believe in (Religion wise). But what about the people who get a random quote that still means something to them that has nothing to do with religion? What if a tattoo is based off religion but doesn’t come off that way?

What about Christian tattoos? Someone sins, and they get a tattoo of “Blood Bought” to symbolize that they are renewed of their sins. Is this hypocritical? Or is it okay because tattooing isn’t necessarily viewed as “sinful” but as “wrong.” Maybe we need to reconsider the idea of tattoos. If you’re religion says they are wrong, but not sinful isn’t it still somewhat sinful? It’s your choice but it’s also your choice to disobey or obey. Maybe their motive for tattoos is in the wrong direction. They see others getting them so they want them and think that their “okay” and not “sinful” because they are symbolizing their religion and their God?


Part 1: What’s the context from which you’re reflecting in? What is that significant moment to you? Something that was different to you? The moment itself doesn’t have to change you.

You have you then within reflection and then you have the recreation of the significant situation so you can look at it now. You have to find something you can work with it, and capture how you felt in that moment. Were you one edge? More aware?

Part 2: Current self perspective. What more is to it? Why were they acting that way? Choose a series of moments that are connected, or just one moment.

Part 3: How you would open up to the moment more? How you can apply it. Projecting. Identifying what you’ve learned from the moment, “the extra step.” Relating to the analyses, but making a larger statement that could be transferable to unlike situations

You can site others peoples work.

But Where Does it Say it’s Wrong?

small-christian-tattoo-design Black-And-White-Flower-Tattoo

Is the first picture a “appropriate” tattoo because it’s symbolizing Christianity?

Is the second picture “inappropriate” because it’s only just a flower?

I’m Christian.

I’m for tattoos.

Does that mean I’m a horrible person?

I believe that tattoos have a way of expressing who you are and what you believe, rather it’s a cross, bible verse, flower, quotes, or a random basic infinity sign that every teenage girl wants inked in their bodies. It’s what YOU want and strictly what YOU want only. It’s inked in your skin, not in anyone else.

“Here’s a line in the Bible that says, Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:28)”… But, is this to funeral rituals or ordinary tattooing? Is it okay to have “Christian like” markings? What if it’s a cross? What if it’s a bible verse? Or doves? Does it make tattoos okay then?

“The KORAN also forbids tattooing, depending on how it is translated.”….But, if i interrupt it one way am I still wrong for getting a tattoo? If I was to be cremated by fire before entry would it be okay? My tattoos would be rid of. Does that make it any better? Does it make it okay since I technically won’t be going in front of my God with markings?

“Others who disapprove or approve of tattoos as a social phenomenon may cite other verses to make their point.”…But, isn’t every verse in the bible Gods word? How do you take it? How do you interrupt the verse?

“The opinion of tattooing in all of the major bible based religions is that it is wrong to get tattooed.”…But, it’s okay to get symbolic markings that symbolize your religion? What’s the difference? Isn’t a marking a marking?

“Tattooing is becoming more and more popular everyday and no matter what the religious views are people are still going to get tattooed.”…But is it even necessary? What happens when we don’t want it there anymore? Will God shun us for this? Are we not accepted by him anymore?

“Fab or Fad”

There are more opinions in today’s society than there has ever been on tattoos. Some say a needle and ink in your skin is a sin and others believe it’s the best way to express who you are and what you believe. In today’s world most religions agree that tattoos aren’t sinful but they are wrong. So how do other belief systems (such as religion) weigh in on how one perceives the inked movement? In the “major” religions such as Christianity, Jews, Catholics, Islams, and Muslims all seem to agree that tattooing is wrong. “” Christians believe that tattooing is a pagan practice, though it does not say in the bible anything about tattooing. Jews believe that the Old Testament is God’s word and nothing is more important that following the ten commandments, therefor tattooing is highly wrong in their religion. Catholics view their beliefs towards the Old Testament as well, they lean towards the verse of Leviticus 19:28 that reads “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead, nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves…” Islams believe that if you are to get a tattoo you are disrespecting God’s word and making permanent change to the body. Lastly, Muslims believe that when tattooing the body you are making changes to the creation of Allah, making changes to the creation of Allah has no exceptions and Muslims believe that anyone who makes these changes should be cursed. Although each religion has a different view, they all can agree that tattoos are wrong one way or another. In today’s society it doesn’t matter the beliefs anymore, if someone wants a tattoo they’re going to get a tattoo, they are becoming more and more popular and no word is going to stop the ink movement.

This leads us to the question of what can the history and significance of tattoos for other cultures and nations tell us about our own culture’s perceptions? Tattoos came from Polynesia, “the word tattoo is said to have two major derivations- from the Polynesian word ‘ta’ which means striking something and the Tahitian word ‘Tatau’ which means ‘to mark something.” “” Many cultures were knocked out or changed when tattoos were discovered. Tattoos existed in ancient Europe Cultures and thousands more, who all had a different purpose and meaning of their ink movement. As I stated before Christian beliefs were through the Pagan Practice and tattoo movement began to slow down when Christianity rose. “” We all may have different beliefs and thoughts on tattoos but from the start tattoos were just ink to express ourselves, rather or not your religion is okay with the ink movement it’s never really up to your religion; it’s up to you and what changes you want to make to your body and what you believe is right verse wrong. When tattoos were first discovered the opinions of right or wrong were never there, why are they now?

Discourse Communities

Harris related his home community to his college community. When he got to college he then realized where he came from was a community that he valued. Because of Harris’ unique community he is able to advance into the discourse community.

“The troubles of many student writers, Bartholomeo suggests, begin with their inability to imagine such a position of privilege, to define their views against some “common” way of talking about their subject.”

What is You, is You

In the world that we live in today everyone has their own different language that they write and talk in and believe is “correct literacy.” It may come from their parents, schoolteacher’s or just hearing the way people in their hometown speak. I was raised in a small town where “good literacy” wasn’t often used and when it was spoken of it was only in our college town, Elon University. My high school was in the middle of nowhere and most of the teachers were also from the middle of nowhere, who had no idea of what “good literacy” was unless they were our English teachers. Even being our English teachers they didn’t have much patience with correct our grammar, punctuation, and etc. So they did just as much as they needed to, to have us pass the course.

Harris and Bartholomae said, “Write not as isolated individuals but as members of communities whose beliefs, concerns, and practices both instigate and constrain, at least in part, the sorts of things we say.” To me this quote states that we express who we are through our own way of writing. Everyone has his or her own opinions of what literacy is and what is right or wrong. In your writings you aren’t so much worried about how others are going to think of your writings but how they sound to you. No one writing or language is the same, so how can one be judged on what’s right or wrong literacy. Not everyone is taught the same, raised the same or even corrected the same. You have your own thoughts, voice and opinions. You shouldn’t be downed upon because you’re writing or language spoken isn’t what someone else’s is. It’s how you are expressed and different from others, one community is the same.

It’s different when you put it into terms with “discourse communities.” It’s how YOU personally make the writing and what comes out of it. Nothing makes your writing more unique than YOU influencing it and not letting the writing influence you.

Over time we grow up and learn to learn from others and learn from what they write or how they speak. Through discourse communities we pick up what is laid out and are taught to speak and write how we are wanted to when we get to the college level. We might not exactly understand it, but we constantly check over our essays and get others to look over them hoping that they exceed their expectations and not just our own. At the end of the day your essays and the way you express yourself threw your language and writings will always stand out in some way or another. Your writings will always be influenced by you and not the editors or teachers who taught you the specific way of literacy.

Understandings of Literacies

Understandings of literacies is applying to readings. I think Swales’ concepts are worth understanding and also help us better understand what we are reading. Our class time discussion is worth a thousand words and really drags out the concepts Swales’ has.

Things are brought to our attention in different manners like language, the way they will benefit you in the future with different work ethics you’ll come across. I think our UWRT class has a common goal and communication where other courses may just be getting the points across.

I think clarification is important and set goals, ideas, and curriculum.


During my two semester here at Charlotte I’ve been enrolled in many different types of discourse communities. Two courses that were very different from each other in their discourse community is my UWRT 1103 and Global Connections class WWI. One is required and one isn’t but some how the required class is less stressful than the non-required class.

In our UWRT class we have about 15 students and the discussion is very deep and understandable. Every topic is thoroughly discussed and questions are thoroughly answered. We talk to each other as a class and get each others different opinions. We have a writing assignment every class day to pull our thoughts together. it’s designed to better our writing skills and that’s exactly what it does.

My Global Connections class is a LBST and lately I have noticed our LBST classes can become more confusing to understand than our classes that are required and required for our major. In this class there is close to 170 students who sit and take notes on the power point that our professor stands up and lectures on throughout our hour and 15 minute class period. We have more homework assignments than I can count and more readings than necessary, much are which too hard to understand. The understanding of this class is very hard for me due to the fact it is history and that isn’t a strong subject of mine. The way this professor lectures is hard to keep up with, it’s very scattered.

These two courses differ mainly in size and the way the two professors get material out to you. One is better understanding and the other just throws information out and you can only hope to understand. The Global Connections class is what I had in mind college would be like and our UWRT class reminds me a lot of our courses in high school where your teachers really thought thoroughly with you to better you.

All professors have a different way of going about lecture, the sizes, the accents, the way they lecture, the amount of work, amount of pop quizzes, etc. It’s college and everything is different than what we’ve ever experienced, no two professors are the same nor is a course. Every UWRT class is different and every history class is different in college, it’s about experience and finding what works best for you.