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Are tattoos a form of protected speech?

November 16, 2015

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

Tattoos have become as ubiquitous as dyed hair and trendy clothes, but are they a form of protected speech?

That was one of the questions in the case of Coleman v. City of Mesa, which was decided in September 2012 by the Arizona Supreme Court.

In July 2008, Ryan and Laetitia Coleman requested a permit to open a tattoo parlor in Mesa, Ariz. The city denied the permit in March 2009, saying that the shop was “not appropriate for the location or in the best interest of the neighborhood,” according to court documents. The couple disagreed with the ruling so they sued, arguing that the denial was a violation of their First Amendment free speech right in the U.S. Constitution and the free-speech provision in the Arizona Constitution.

Their lawsuit was rejected by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Larry Grant, who said the city’s decision was “a reasonable and rational regulation of land use.” The case eventually made its way to the state Supreme Court.

The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech…” In this case, “Congress” can be interpreted as the City of Mesa government.

The case looked at whether the process of injecting ink into the dermis of skin is “purely expressive activity,” meaning that the act of tattooing is a form of expression, or if the action is “conduct with an expressive component,” meaning that it has some type of expression but it is not at the core of the process.

The Arizona court ruled unanimously that tattoos and tattooing are forms of free speech. It said that tattoos, which contain words, messages and art, “may be purely decorative or serve religious, political, or social purposes.” It reinstated the Colemans’ lawsuit, which was returned for trial in a lower court. The Arizona justices based their decision partly on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Anderson v. City of Hermosa Beach, which said tattoos, the process of tattooing, and the business of tattooing are “forms of pure expression fully protected by the First Amendment.” In the lower court trial, the Colemans’ First Amendment rights will be weighed against the government’s right to regulate businesses.

But this case doesn’t mean that the First Amendment protects the act of tattooing everywhere. In the South Carolina Supreme Court case State v. White (2002), the court ruled that “the process of injecting dye to create the tattoo is not sufficiently communicative to warrant protections.”

What do you think?

Are tattoos or the act of tattooing a protected form of expression? By nature, is expression the central component of the act of tattooing, or is it merely a small part of the action? Did the Arizona Supreme Court make the right decision, or do you side with the South Carolina Supreme Court? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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10/11/2018
Murrieta
Christine
Jabro/MCA
like how everyone else has responded tattoos are a way of expressing oneself in their own unique way. The " authorities" can't tell you what to do with your body and what type of art or words you'd like to have permanently on your body. good tattoos have a meaning or a story behind it and to some cultures its important.

10/10/2018
NC/cherryville
James
Mr.Mcmillin/cherryville high
yes much like shirts or flags or pants we have a freedom of speech we should be able to say or wear what we want we cant be free if we cant say or show what we want.

10/2/2018
Sidney/MT
Brianna
Mr. Faulhaber/ SHS
I think that tattooing is a protected form of expression because it can be a way to express religion, opinions, and other things. However, being denied a permit to place a tattoo shop is based on the cities opinion whether or not that that building is appropriate for that area. The city employees know the zoning better than the Coleman’s so I don’t think it was necessary for them to sue when they could have just requested for a different spot or talked with the city members to see where they could open their tattoo parlor.

9/17/2018
Virginia
Hunter
Monticello
They are freedom of speech. some people get tattoos because some people get tattoos to show there religion, family, what they believe in, etc. So i believe that tattoos should be freedom of speech.

9/17/2018
Murrieta, Ca
Amayzha
Jabro/MCA
I'm an art person. Tattoos are a form of art that people can express themselves through. Though, this type of art is permanent if a person wants to get this down to their own body then so be it. We all have a Freedom of speech and some speak though art therefore there shouldn't be anything against it. I do understand that some people can be ignorant towards tattoos because it can be such a vulgar thing

9/13/2018
Murrieta
Isaac
Jabro, Murrieta Canyon academy
I think that tattoos represent freedom of expression. Tattoos represent the story of something that happened in that specific persons life.

9/13/2018
Murrieta Canyon Academy
Rahman
Jabro
Tattoos are used as a memoriam to things that the person. It holds some sort of sentimental value to the canvas, the persons body. It is one of the greatest forms of art from my perspective. My reasoning on why its the purest from of art is because the human bod was not meant to be a canvas. However through ink and needles it is possible and I believe that in itself is amazing. A very innovative art form and the crazy part is it isn't even a new concept.

9/13/2018
Murrieta canyon academy
Nyah
Jabro
I believe tattoos are a way to express yourself through art. i feel like people should do whatever they want with their body. i think this law should be protected. i don't think its right for anyone to be judged or judge someone else for doing what they want as a freedom of expression.

9/13/2018
Murrieta
Sarah
Jabro/MCA
I think that tattoos are a form of expression and should be protected. Expression is only part of tattooing, so is the action of tattooing. i agree with the Arizona Supreme Court on there decision on their ruling that states that tattoos are considered freedom of speech.

9/13/2018
Murrieta/california
Jarmaine
Jabro/Murrieta Canyon Academy
I Think that people should get tattoos in Arizona because the ink on their body can mean a message and that yes it's a free speech and expression the thing you feel and go through.And that the Arizona court ruled that tattoos and tattooing are speech it said that it can be art or religious for where the people come from. In the case of injecting dye or you can do a other way of putting ink on your body and that its not sufficiently communicative to a warrant of protections because people out in AZ have tattoos and some people don't say nothing i had one teacher who was from AZ in that he had tattoos on his arms and leg and that he did not have to go too court for it.

9/13/2018
Murrieta/CA
DylanB.
Jabro, MCA
I think the argument is subjective on both sides. The only objective principle that stops this act in its tracks is the health concern. If sanitation, cleanliness, and the health standards are being met you can't be in control of what other people do. This is why narcotics, alcohol, prostitution and the rights of speech are touchy subjects, for who are we to dictate with what others say and do to themselves.

9/13/2018
Murrieta/ California
Greta
Jabro/ Murrieta Canyon Academy
Tattoos help us express ourselves. I think that banning tattoos is ludicrous, its just art. Banning art means banning creativity, which is just wrong, it'll turn us into mindless robots. Even if tattoos are offensive its still how people express themselves, we would all look the same otherwise. thanos car

9/13/2018
Murrieta/California
Dennis
Jabro/Murrieta Canyon Academy
I believe that people have the right to do what they want with their bodies and no one should have any say in that and people shouldnt be discriminated just because they have tattoos to that person each tattoo means something and is way to represent themselves to the outside world

9/13/2018
Murrieta/CA
Tommie
Jabro/MCA
I believe tattoos could be extremely meaningful to anybody. It could be a passed relative or friend, or an experience of something of that past. Since tattoos can say something or be a symbol of something we have a right to that because of the First Amendment. Depending on what tattoo they seem highly unlikely to start any sort of violence. I agree with Arizona Court on the decision.

9/13/2018
Murrieta/California
Ramoni
Jabro/Murrieta Canyon Academy
I believe that tattoos are are just a form expression. If someone wants to inject ink into their own body, knowing that it will be on them as long as they live then whatever tattoo they get must mean a lot to them. They are just trying to express themselves and nothing else. The Supreme Court didn't make the right decision because they

9/13/2018
Murrieta, California
Alexis
Jabro/Murrieta canyon academy
I think a tattoo is a protected form of speech because some tattoos have a story behind them. Tattoos show some people who they are.

9/13/2018
Murrieta, California
Hananaset Abou
Mr.Jabro/Murrieta Canyon Academy
The Arizona Supreme Court made a wrong choice. True tattoos and the form of tattooing expresses many subliminal messages but they cannot keep people from expressing themselves. For example an artist completes a painting that took 112 hours to finish. The artist wants to hang it on a white wall and wants a critic too see if its a good idea. The critic walks in to view the completed project to tell the artist "Do not hang it here it is too eye catching" In this case the Arizona Supreme Court is the critic and the Colemens' the artist portrayed in the example. Of course there are weird innapropriate tattoo requests but tha decision is not made by the artist it is made by the one who requested the "expressive" tattoo not the artist. The artist is simply doing their job in providing the customer what they want, they aren't spreading any "hidden messages" and if anyone was spreading them, it would be the person with the tattoo that paid an artist to ink on them. Not the artist. So tattoos are expressive but only to the customer and the people viewing not the artist and the parlor itself. Same as buying clothing, you go to a clothing store, buy some clothes, and express yourself, not the store. The store is where you purchased it from but you picked the outfit the store did not pick it for you. Same with tattoos and piercings your doing what you want to your body.. The tattoo artist is not forcing you to get some wild racist or inappropriate tattoo.

9/13/2018
Murrieta, California
Joseph
Jabro, MCA
I firmly think that tattoos are a form to express oneself and should be protected. The art of tattooing is usually used to permanently put an image, words, or other form of art on oneself. Therefore it has to be expressive and should be protected by law, just like any other form of expression. I believe the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision to make tattooing a protected form of expression.

9/13/2018
ca
misha m.
mr.jabro
i do think tattoos are a way to express yourself and i dont think that denying a tattoo shop just because you dont think it "appropriate" for your town is not a good enough reason.

9/13/2018
Murrieta/California
Sophia Lopez
Jabro/Murrieta Canyon Academy
In my opinion I believe tattoos are very expressive, a lot of work and art goes into just creating the tattoo. I think it would be offensive to the artist to tell them that their work isn't art (which is a form of freedom of speech). I think the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision when protecting tattoos under the first amendment.

9/13/2018
Murrieta/California
azim smith
Jabro/Murrieta Canyon Academy
Sure, because it's a symbolic expression of free speech.

9/13/2018
Murrieta/California
Chloe
Jabro/Murrieta Canyon Academy
I believe tattoos are a expressive beyond belief. Tattoos express something meaningful and deep to someone. When someone see's a tattoo they think you're marking up your body and it's all gang related and what not. Tattoos can go from something as little as a symbol to a full on back or chest tattoo but everything has a meaning behind it. People never care to hear about the story with a fixed mindset. You're always taught to not judge and what not yet that's exactly what the Supreme Court was doing. You shouldn't be prosecuted for you're tattoo's or something you're very passionate about. We are supposed to have freedom yet where is it?

9/13/2018
california
Jocelyn
Mr.Jabro
yes. I believe that tattoos are a form of protected speech , because people have there own opinions & there own likings. So they get something that expresses there thoughts. It could be anything & nobody should say anything about it.

8/27/2018
California
Annika
Mr.Jabro at Murrieta Canyon Academy
I think that while tattoos are a form of expression, it should still have some societal boundaries if not lawful boundaries. I don't think it is as big of a deal if you get an offensive joke tattooed on, but it is more of an issue when your tattoo promotes racial violence, segregation, or violent activity of any sort. The central component of tattooing is the thought and/or memory behind it. It is a tough decision to make, but I think that tattoos should not be managed by law, but by common sense and societal norms.

6/12/2018
Murrieta/California
Joseph
Jabro/Murrieta Canyon Academy
I believe that tattoos are extremely expressive. When a person is decisively intent on injecting permanent ink to be evident on their body for life, it is clearly something they are passionate about. The Supreme Court hadn't thought much about this to rule that the process is just "injecting dye ".

5/24/2018
midlothian/virginia
gabi
zaval/midlo middle
Tattoos mean something different to everyone. They can be a symbol of a person, experience or place. I personally believe that tattoos are a form of protective speech and we have a right to that because of the 1st amendment. They seem quite unlikely to start violence. I agree with the Arizona court on this decision and it was already fought about in the Anderson v City of Hermosa beach. It would not harm anyone or anything just simply a form of ¨pure expression¨.

5/1/2018
Magnolia/TX
Kendall
Metzger/Magnolia West
I think tattoos are a form of protected speech. People who have problems or insecurities with letting people know how they feel. It is a non spoken emotion, and a form of self expression. People should be able to express themselves freely. If someone feels strongly enough about something to where they need to permanently put it on their bodies, then your opinion on it should not matter. Every human being is different. Although making sure their tattoos are presentful, and acceptable.

4/9/2018
Midlothian/VA
Hannah
Zaval/Midlothian Middle
I think tattoos are a protected form of expression. Like drawing, you use tattoos as a representation of you or something else. I believe this ties to our 1st amendment in a way of free speech. If this is not approved by congress, it should be brought through legislation. People represent their ideas and topics of their own, and I believe they should be able to do so if it is not hurting other people. Just as if we are allowed the freedom of speech, we should be allowed to present our beliefs and ideas.

3/22/2018
Midlothian/Virginia
Sophie
Marple/Midlothian Middle
I believe that tattoos are a form of self expression. Tattoos can symbolize something important in someones life or tell a story. Along with many others, I see tattooing as an art form. I agree with the Arizona Court with saying that this subject fits into the category of the first amendment, free speech.

3/22/2018
Wisconsin
Johnathan
Jennifer Biller
Tattoos are a form of expression as they are a symbolic symbol of emotions, opinions, and ideas. But in these cases there is more involved, the protection of this form of free speech doesn't effect how a city plans their city and this power is given to the states.

3/22/2018
Plymouth, WI
Jamie
Biller, PHS
Tattooing is a from of self expression and should be protected. Tattoo's can have personal meaning to people and the first amendment includes the freedom of expression which includes symbols and art.

3/22/2018
Plymouth/WI
Dylan
Biller/PHS
I think getting a tattoo is free expression and is one of our rights.

3/22/2018
Plymouth wisconsin
hunter
biller PHS
tattoos are fine you should be able to put anything on your body if you it is all up to you

3/22/2018
plymouth
Matt
Mrs.Biller/PHS
I think that tattoos are fine and you can do what you want to your body. Its about freedom and doing what you want.

3/22/2018
Plymouth
Levi
Biller PHS
I think tattoos could be protected if it is religious and there is a point.Unless it is racist and controversial. Tattoos are an expression of certain things.

3/22/2018
Plymouth, WI
Allaina
Biller/PHS
I belive that tattoos should not withheld from the public. Iris a form of expression that should be protected because it is not harming anyone no matter what community.

3/22/2018
Plymouth
Kyra
Biller PHS
i think that tattoos represent freedom of expression. Tattoos represent the story of something that happened in that specific persons life.

3/22/2018
Plymouth, WI
Elwyn
Biller/PHS
Same as drawings and paintings, tattoos are an act of free speech.

3/22/2018
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Gwen
Biller/ PHS
Yes I believe that tattoos are an act of expression. You should be able to get what you want on your body because its your body and you should be able to express yourself.

3/22/2018
Plymouth Wisconsin
Madelaine
Plymouth High School
Tattoos mean something different to everyone. They can be a symbol of a person, experience or place. I personally believe that tattoos are a form of protective speech, as they in themselves are quite unlikely to start violence. I agree with the Supreme Court on this decision, as it would not harm anyone or anything.

3/22/2018
WI
Jacob
Biller/PHS
I think its protected because its your own body and you should be able to express yourself freely.

3/22/2018
Plymouth, WI
Cassie
Biller-PHS
I believe that tattoos are a form of protected expression, because if you feel strongly about something and feel that putting a symbol of that cause on your body permanently, it should be protected.

3/22/2018
SHEBOYGAN FALLS
Ashton
Biller PHS
Why do people care so much about other people let them do what they want what they put on them self's must be important to them.

3/22/2018
Plymouth/ WIsconsin
Justin
BillerPHS
Tattoos are a form of self expression often they can tell a story. If get a tattoo they can because it is a free country. Why would they care about the persons life/body.

3/22/2018
Sheboygan WI
MIranda
Biller PHS
Tattoos are a form of freedom of speech. It's Symbolic speech and if it offends anyone they could just cover their tattoo up with clothing.

3/22/2018
Sheboygan WI
MIranda
Biller PHS
Tattoos are a form of freedom of speech. It's Symbolic speech and if it offends anyone they could just cover their tattoo up with clothing.

3/22/2018
Plymouth
Luke McKinch
Biller Phs
I believe that it is a protected form of expression. you should be able to express yourself however you feel fit.

3/22/2018
Plymouth/WI
Rob g
Mrs. Biller/PHS
Tattoos are an expression of the self, which puts them firmly under the first amendment's free speech rule. Tattoos can however be used as evidence during a court case, possibly giving a guilty verdict to the accused. Tattoo at your own risk.

3/22/2018
Plymouth WI
Alayna
Biller PHS
In my opinion, tattooing is a form of self expression. If people can paint or draw whatever they want and post it where ever, then they can have a tattoo on their body. Tattoos are a way to express yourself and it's your body you can do whatever you want with it.

3/22/2018
Plymotuh
Jack Steinhardt
Biller PHS
I feel that having it being protected is a good idea because a tattoo is expressing something of your own belief or it has a meaning to you.

3/22/2018
Plymouth WI
Emma
Biller PHS
I think tattoos are a form of protected speech. Many tattoos are symbols or stories that represent a part of a person's life. They are a way to express themselves and are free to put whatever they want on their body

3/22/2018
Wisonsin
Sam
Mrs.Biller
I think you have the right to put anything on your body if it is not racist or bad and if your parents say it is ok.

3/22/2018
Wisconsin
Brennen
Plymouth high school
I believe that the freedom of speech if some speeches other than the kinds of speech that is already illegal would not lead to the best in the end.

3/20/2018
Virginia
Kylie
Zaval/Midlothian Middle School
Tattoos are a way of self expression, and can be used to tell stories in a form of art. There is such a thing as body art/painting which isn't permanent, and tattoos are just the permanent version of that. The first amendment protects the right of self expression, and last time I checked body art is not harming anyone.

2/27/2018
CA
Gregory
Jabro
Tattoos are a form of self expression and sometimes can tell a story. If people want to get tattoos in a free country then let them. Why do you care so much about what another person does with their life/body.

2/15/2018
Murrieta/CA
Megan
Jabro/MCA
In my opinion, tattooing is a form of self expression. With that being said, I have to side with Arizona's Supreme Court in their decision to let the couple open the tattoo parlor. If you take into consideration how native tribes used tattoos to symbolize things such as entering adulthood, it goes without saying that tattoos were created as a form of free speech. I understand that there are tattoos that were given without symbolic meaning, however that was not the original intention of the process.

2/7/2018
Virginia
Gabriella
Midlothian Middle School
Getting tattoo I would say is a form of expression. It shows your religion, family, friends, groups that you are apart of and a lot more. Tattoos wouldn't be as popular if expression had nothing to do with it. You write on yourself to show your love for people or things, and some time sadness, hatred, and happiness. People use tattoos as a way of showing who they are. I believe Arizona made the correct decision but that should've been their decision in the first place. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech…” meaning this should've never been a question since they have a right to open up a tattoo shop, that allows people to express themselves.

2/2/2018
murrieta,ca
leslie
jabro/mca
yes tattoos are a form of protected speech. the idea of a tattoo is expression. the tattoo parlor should be permitted because it is a freedom of speech, tattoos arent harming anybody else because they are on a certain persons body let that person get whatever they please.

1/25/2018
Murrieta / California
Joseph
Jabro / Murrieta Canyon Academy
I believe that tattoos are extremely expressive. When a person is decisively intent on injecting permanent ink to be evident on their body for life, it is clearly something they are passionate about. The Supreme Court hadn't thought much about this to rule that the process is just "injecting dye ".

1/23/2018
Frankfort/ KY
Kitachon
Mrs.Fraley/ Western Hills
It is quite scary to see the government’s attempt of dictating what we the people can and cannot do to our bodies. While some prefer expressing their through a rather different method, there are some who believes in expressing their characters through tattoos. Although this form of expression is frowned upon by many, it is widely accepted as a form of both art and expression across the globe. Since it is considered a form of self expression, it could be infer infer that it is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.

1/17/2018
Frankfort Kentucky
Austin Spencer
Western Hills High School
Tattooing is a form of expression. It could show your religion, your family, friends, groups that you belong in and so much more. The act of Tattooing wouldn't be as popular if expression had nothing to do with it. You write on yourself to express your love for people or things, and some time sadness, hatred, and happiness. People use tattoos as a way of telling people who they are. And overall Arizona made the right decision but that shouldn't of been there decision in the first place. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech…” meaning this should of never even been a question if they have a right to open up a tattoo shop, that allows people to express themselves.

12/20/2017
Magnolia/ Texas
Jermeria
Metzgar
I think tattooing is a way to express ones thoughts. When a person chooses a tattoo they might of chosen that tattoo design because it has a back story to it or, the tattoo can be a quote or drawing that says alot about that persons personality. tattoos are forms of freedom of speech, tattoos obviously not talking, nor have a say but the people paying their money to do what they want to their body is part of freedom, period.

12/19/2017
Magnolia, Tx
Leslie
MWHS/Matzger
Tattoos are a way for people to express their emotion to hide some pain, happiness, etc. It is by choice not by force, therefore they can do as they like. It is their right to tattoo themselves if they wish to. A tattoo is art that can tell a story or a memorie.

12/19/2017
Magnolia/ Texas
Johanna
Metzger/Magnolia West
i think tattoos are a form of silent speech because it's a way to express what you believe and sometimes what people have lived in their passed life and how they survived. If the person chooses to do something with their body it's because they know what they want or what to represent. Everyone has a different way of expressing what they feel or think and getting a tattoo or making them is one of them.

10/27/2017
Lancaster, CA
bailey
SOAR High School
I think that tattoos are a way for people to express themselves. It is freedom of speech and expression. It is that person's body and it is their choice, not someone else's on whether or not they want to put tattoos on themselves.

10/27/2017
Lancaster
Cristine
SOAR Higshchool
In my opinion, tattoos are a form of speech and people have tattoos to express themselves. Although, I have noticed that in society nowadays tattoos are seen as criminals and so forth. I believe that the first amendment should protect these people.

10/27/2017
Lancaster, CA
Samantha
SOAR High School
I agree that everyone and anyone have the right to express themselves in any way, even if that means getting a tattoo. Freedom of speech and expression does not only mean in one way, it can have different ways of showing itself. Society shouldn't hate on people using and showing their rights.

10/14/2017
Morgantown, WV
Seth
Mrs. Ridgeway, Trinity Christian School
I believe that all people, no matter where they are, or who they are deserve their rights. The people of Arizona have there rights of the first amendment, and can express themselves in the way they feel. There is nothing wrong with expressing yourself with putting ink in your skin. I don’t understand why society looks down upon tatoos, they are simply and expression just like words.

10/12/2017
Morgantown WV
Emily
TCS
Tattoos are a form of expression. Although expression is just a part of the overall act of tattooing, I believe it is the main purpose for it. Therefore, I believe the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision.

9/8/2017
Murrieta
Parker
MCA/Jabro
I agree it should be like freedom of speech its your body and your art. As long as the message does not threaten anyone or harm anyone in any way it should be a protected speech for all us citizens

9/7/2017
Murrieta/Ca
Adam D.
Jabro/MCA
Some take a nice long walk on the beach to forget everything and just feel free. Then you have other people who have much different ways of getting away into there clear state of mind, like getting a tattoo or maybe even tattooing someone. Honestly i don't understand why society now a days talk down on tattoos, it's free speech so just leave them alone and worry about yourself. Is it really hurting the people that don't involve themselves around tattoos.

9/7/2017
murr
austin
Jabro MCA
I agree with Arizona because its a form of freedom of speech, you should be able to get whatever picture word quote whatever it is your free to get it.

8/29/2017
murrieta
sophie
jabro
tattoos are people's own art, if it doesn't hurt you then why does it matter?

8/29/2017
murrieta
seth ramirez
mr.jabro
A person should do whatever they want with their own bodies. As long as it doesn't affect any one else, which it does not.

8/29/2017
murrieta/ ca
Michael Lovato
jabro/MCA
Tattoos are a way of speech and we have free speech. A Tattoo parlor is fine because you are expressing yourself with in a way you want. Not all tattoo parlors are going to be bad for the community so I think tattoo parlors are fine were they are placed.

8/29/2017
Murrieta,Cali
Marie
Jabro/MCA
I believe that Tattoos are a form of expression , regardless of what other people say.Its a form of free speech known as the First amendment.Tattoos are a way of expressing yourself showing either what they like or their story.

8/29/2017
Murrieta/CA
Ezri G
Mr. Jabro/Murrieta Canyon Academy
I have nothing against it being considered a protected form of expression and being protected by The First Amendment, but having tattoos myself everyone has different reasons for getting them, depends on the person honestly. Being a self taught tattoo artist Ive come across people who have wanted the most random tattoo with absolutely no meaning, to people who have tattoos that have meaning behind them and have been planned for a long amount of time. Im in favor for it being a protected form of speech because it shows your personality and who you are.

8/29/2017
Murrieta,Ca
Monique
Jabro/MCA
I believe that tattoos are a form of expression. Tattoos sometimes show how people are feeling or what they're interested in.

8/29/2017
Murrieta CA
Caleb
Jabro/MCA
Tattoos are the opinion of those who make the choice to get them. If they mean more to that person, then that is their story. Gang tattoos on the other hand help with identification of a gang member.

8/29/2017
murrieta
kendall
mr jabro MCA
i think tattoos are a form of free speech if youre putting something permanent on your body its gonna mean something to you youre not gonna get something random. tattoos are a way to express who you are and what you like.

8/29/2017
Murrieta Ca
Jacob
Jabro/MCA
I think tattoos are great part of our culture. They really shouldn't be a problem. The only problem a tattoo can bring is offending someone. The way someone reacts to others tattoos should not be good enough of a reason to put restrictions on them.

8/29/2017
Murrieta, CA
Marjon
Jabro/ mca
I think that tattoos are fine, and I think people have the right to have tattoos in order to simply express themselves. I think a tattoo parlor would do nothing wrong, I think that its just another form of art and people should feel free to do whatever they want with their bodies.

8/28/2017
mca
nedra
jbro
i think tattoos are meaningful therefor i have nothing against it

8/28/2017
Murrieta ca
amber
mr jabro MCA
i think that it all depends on what tattoo your getting like if its a memorial tattoo for someone you loved or care for, or if your just getting a design just for fun. it just all depends on what your getting. thats my opinion.

8/28/2017
cali
velma sanchez
jbro / MCA
Yes I think it is a form of expression because what if someone you cared about died and you wanna get something for them like my great grandmother died of breast cancer and my big brother Jeremiah got a tattoo saying "R.I.P Granny ' with a breast cancer symbol and roses. so whenever he sees that he will always remember that she loved flowers and plants and he supports. Tattoos can also describe you as a person maybe having a tattoo of a four leaf clover would mean your Irish. It shows who you are as a person.

8/23/2017
Murrieta, CA
Kaylaa
Jabro/MCA
Tattoos don't defy our personalities. We could be the nicest person ever but have a really scary tattoo, just because we think it's cool. Tattoos are a work of someones art, but just placed on your skin. People spend hours at museums looking at art on a canvas so why cant people look at tattoos the same way. Also some tattoos have meaning behind them, like lets say someone got a tattoo of someone who passed away that they loved dearly? You shouldn't judge someone because their body looks more different than yours. It's their body, not yours. Let them do what they want!

8/23/2017
Murrieta,CA
Lillee
Mr.Jabro/MCA
People should be able to get tattoos, if people want to get tattoos it doesn't matter what the government thinks because it's not up to them. It's up to the person its there body.

8/23/2017
murrieta california
spencer
jabro/MCA
Tattoos should not be regulated by the federal government. It is unconstitutional to be prosecuted for having ink on your body

8/23/2017
Murrieta/CA
Liam White
Jabro/MCA
People should be allow to do whatever they want to their body. I don't see why people have to make a big deal over something so mundane. people are gonna do what they want. tattooing is something many people have already done and it doesn't harm anyone that doesn't want to participate.

8/23/2017
Murrieta CA
Gabriel
Mr. Jabro
No.

8/23/2017
murrieta california
spencer
jabro
yes

5/22/2017
Richmond, Virginia
Maci
Marple, Midlothian Middle school
I think that people should be able to get tattoos if they want. It should be protected under the 1st amendment too. It's that persons body so it shouldn't matter to the government what they do to it. There has to be a point where someone gets involved if the person puts something "bad" on their body though. Let people express themselves how they want!

5/18/2017
Magnolia, Texas
Hope
Metzger, Magnolia West High School
Personally, I believe tattoos should be protected by the first amendment. They are a form of personal expression that is personally none of my business. People have the right to say and write whatever they please, as long as it isn't taken too far, they should be able to mark themselves however they please. If people have the right to petition and assemble, both of which can quickly and easily turn violent, then tattoos should be allowed in society as well.

5/18/2017
Newark De
Amaiyaaa
Kaczmarczyk/ West Park Place Elementary
my opinion is that the city should let people express their selfs by doing what they like to do.people want to do new things in the world like the tattoo parlor they want to do those kind of things.

5/17/2017
Magnolia, TX
Reagan
Metzger/ Magnolia West High School
Personally, I feel that tattoos are indeed protected by the first amendment. Tattoos are a form of self expression and speech, and both of those are protected when it comes to speaking. Why is there a difference when it comes to body art? Looking towards the other side of the argument, yes there are some obscene things that people may not appreciate seeing but it's no one else's business what you put on your body. If something someone has put on their arm or shoulder bothers you, why waste your time trying to shove your opinions down their throat? If they've already got tattoos the chances of them actually listening to you are literally 0.

5/16/2017
magnolia, Tx
Oscar
Metzger/ magnolia west high school
My opinion for this discussion is that tattoos should be protected by our first amendment. It’s considered a form of speech to most of our country, but many think that it’s not considered appropriate or fit for the community. I feel like a lot of people judge by the way someone looks instead of letting them have a voice or not being heard.

5/3/2017
Newark/DE
Jacob
Kaczmarczyk/west park place elementaryschool
Of course tattoos should be aloud to be made. It is freedom of speech just like the stickers people have on the back of their cars. You should be able to say (and have on your skin) whatever you want.

5/3/2017
Newark Delaware
Elaina
Mrs. Kaczmarczyk/ west park place elementary
I find the amendments and court cases absolutely fascinating. And I think the first amendment is something worth questioning. There is so much gray to this amendment and very little black and white. But in this case, I believe that tattoos are a form of free speech, but that doesn't mean that you should go buy a tattoo that expresses your profound contemp towards somebody. You should be mindful of what you put permanently on your person.

5/3/2017
Newark De
Amaiyaaa
Kaczmarczyk/ West Park Place Elementary
my opinion is that the city should let people express their selfs by doing what they like to do.people want to do new things in the world like the tattoo parlor they want to do those kind of things.

5/3/2017
Delaware
Mariam
Mrs.Kaczmarczyk/ West Park Place Elementary
I think people have the right to have tattoos to express themselves. But they shouldn't have to put a tattoo parlor next to people unless they have the permission to do so from the person next door. Sometimes the tattoo may be inappropriate but they still have the freedom of speech in the first amendment.

5/2/2017
Newark DE
Brandon
Kaczmarczyk/west park place elementry school
I do think that people should be able to get or have tattoos. People should get tattos as long as it won't hurt anyone. Plus tatoos should be aloud because it's a form for of speech which is under the 1st amendment. Also indomunderstand that if the supreme courts said you can't have a tattoo barbershop in a certain place. People should still be able to get tattoos just maybe not in a certain spot.

5/2/2017
Newark
Brandon
Kaczmarczyk/West Park Place Elementry
I think people should not be able to whatever nonsense they want because they can't walk into a movie theater and say infront of everyone that I have a gun. No, that is not a smart idea. According to the fourth amendment if the cops see you do that then you might be a joke which is not really a joke.

5/2/2017
Newark DE
Jack
Kaczmarczyk/west park place elementary
I do beliveve that tattoos are a form of protected speech. I beliveve this because just as said before they are in words and pictures so if your putting words or pictures on your skin that is like saying that just without actually verbly saying it. So yes i beleve that you should be able to put a tattoo on your skin but i also think that if the Arizona Supreme Court wants to say no they should be able to!

5/2/2017
Delaware
Mariam
Mrs.Kaczmarczyk/ West Park Place Elementary
I think people have the right to have tattoos to express themselves. But they shouldn't have to put a tattoo parlor next to people unless they have the permission to do so from the person next door. Sometimes the tattoo may be inappropriate but they still have the freedom of speech in the first amendment.

5/2/2017
Newark DE
Jacob
kazmarcyk/west park place elementary school
Does the 1st amendment not say you have the freedom of speech. It does, we have the right to express ourselves

5/2/2017
Newark, De
Savannah
Kaczmarczyk/West Park Place Elementary
My opinion is that you could have a tattoo parlor but what would you want a hospital in your area or would you have a tatto parlor? Witch one would be better for you a hospital or a tatto parlor? I honk a hospital would be better but that is my opinion.

5/2/2017
NewarkDe
Krupa
Kaczmarczyk/West Park Place Elementary
I think that this is fair but not fair. I think it is it is not fair because they should be able to have the right to open a shop. Yet I also think it is fair because the government might not want that one shop to start a whole area of bad stores.

5/2/2017
Newark DE
Austin
Kaczmarczyl/west park place
Tattoos are forms of pure expression fully protected by the First Amendment and cool

5/2/2017
Newark De
Amaiyaaa
Kaczmarczyk/ West Park Place Elementary
my opinion is that the city should let people express their selfs by doing what they like to do.people want to do new things in the world like the tattoo parlor they want to do those kind of things.

5/2/2017
Newark Delaware
Elaina
Mrs. Kaczmarczyk/ west park place elementary
I find the amendments and court cases absolutely fascinating. And I think the first amendment is something worth questioning. There is so much gray to this amendment and very little black and white. But in this case, I believe that tattoos are a form of free speech, but that doesn't mean that you should go buy a tattoo that expresses your profound contemp towards somebody. You should be mindful of what you put permanently on your person.

5/2/2017
Delaware
Madison
Kaczmarcyk/West Park Place Elementary
I think people have the right to get tattoos because they also have a right like all of us , the right to have freedom,.that it's not fair that people can't get what they love to do or get what they want. Would you think it would be okay if you like something but other people don't like it then they should just banned it to. See that would be fair to the rest of the people who like to get tattoos on them. So let people do things that aren't bad like getting a tattoo on them.

5/2/2017
Newark DE
Victor
Kaczmarczyk/West Park Place Elemantery
I think that there should be a specific place for a tattoo parlor that if you like tattoos you can just go there because some people like tattoo but some don't so if people don't like it they don't have to go there

5/2/2017
Newark,DE
Eva
Kaczmarcyk/west park place elementary
My opinion is that tattoos could give you ink poisoning also it is not good for your skin. Even though you can get permission from your parents if you are under eighteen but still, I think you should just wait until you are eighteen.

5/2/2017
Newark
Tina
Kaczmarczykt/West Park Elementry
I think people should not be able to do whatever they want because they can't just walk into a movie theater and say Oh hey everybody I have a gun and I am going shoot you. Like that is not okay. You would be going against the Amendments. The fourth Amendment gives you the right that you can not be searched in your body, houses or papers. Tattoos are a freedom of expression you should be able to have a tattoo.

5/2/2017
Newark/Delaware
Jonathan
Mrs kaczmarzky/west park place elementary school
In my opinion, tattoo are freedom of expression

5/2/2017
Newark DE
Dana
Kaczmarcyk/ West Park Place Elementary
I think the court should of said no because the court not saying that the tatto booth is not aloud they were saying that putting the tatto booth in that area/place was an unwise decision so they weren't saying no to your 1st amendment rights.

5/2/2017
Newark DE
Madison
Kaczmarczyk/Wesk Park Place Elementary
I believe that tattoos aren't needed in The United States of America because of the fact that you're putting ink into your body. Some people don't realize how ridiculous that sounds. Tattoos are can make a severe influence of children. I agree that tattoos express someone's thoughts or feelings, but you can express it in more safe ways. Sure, they make look great on you or it shows your reputation but think about your health and the children people. I think that Maricopa Country Superior Court Judge Larry Grant made the best desicion. Tattoos isn't the best way of showing your reputation you know...

5/2/2017
Newark DE
Tina
Kaczmarczyk/West Park Place Elementary
Many cities have ordinances, that state that tattoo parlors cannot be within 1,000 feet of any church, school or park and cannot operate along a tourist corridor. I personally believe that the Arizona Court had every right to deny the land use for a tattoo parlor. Although tattoos have become increasingly popular, they could potentially decrease property values and bring the neighborhood “down.” It depends on the zoning and the business district. Personally, I wouldn’t want a tattoo parlor right next to my doctor’s office. The right to have a tattoo is not the issue. The zoning regulations and the welfare of the community is the issue. The statement from the magistrates: “the court ruled that “the process of injecting dye to create the tattoo is not sufficiently communicative to warrant protections.” reiterates and reinforces the common belief that the common welfare of the people overrides an individual’s personal freedom of expression.

5/2/2017
Newark DE
Megan
Mrs.Kaczmarzyk West Park Place Elementry
I would say that this has a few ups and some downs. We all have these rights just like the government has their right to regulate business and the people can want it to be there but it can just end up being somewhere else if the answer you get is a no. I say you should get over the no and go somewhere else that will allow you to be there

5/2/2017
Newark/Delaware
Cynthia
Mrs.Kaczmarczyk/west park place elementary
I think that they should be allowed to open a tattoo parlor just not were ever they want to. The place they might want to open their tattoo parlor might be a bit inappropriate because if they decide to put it in a neighborhood for example people wouldn't want to have a tattoo parlor in there neighborhood. So I think that they did the right thing by not letting them open a tattoo parlor where ever they want to.

5/2/2017
Newark/Delaware
Cynthia
Mrs.Kaczmarczyk/west park place elementary
I think that they should be allowed to open a tattoo parlor just not were ever they want to. The place they might want to open their tattoo parlor might be a bit inappropriate because if they decide to put it in a neighborhood for example people wouldn't want to have a tattoo parlor in there neighborhood. So I think that they did the right thing by not letting them open a tattoo parlor where ever they want to.

5/2/2017
Newark DE
Joey
Kaczmarczyk/ West Park Place Elementary
Tattoos are a way of speech and we have free speech. A Tatoo parlor is fine because you are exspressing yourself with in a way you want. Not all tatoo parlors are going to be bad for the community so I think tattoo parlors are fine were they are placed.

5/2/2017
Newark DE
Jau
Kaczmarczyk/west park place elementary
My opinion is that it depends on we're you are to whether you can open a tattoo parlor.This because if you were going somewhere and you had to walk by a tattoo parlor and you were a women or someone who couldn't defend them self well.

5/1/2017
murrieta
Christian
Mr.jabro
Tattoos are a freedom of expression because each tattoo usually has a special meaning or it is representing something. I also think that it is only a small part of the action though. I believe that the Arizona supreme court made the right decision.

4/2/2017
Fairfax
Yifu Huang
Daniel W Gifford
In my opinion, everyone has the right to do what you like to do. Some people through the tattoo to express their own values or moment to remind themselves. I think the Maricopa county superior court judge larry grant made a wrong decision.

3/29/2017
California
Emma
Mrs. Wong/Lorbeer Middle School
The fourth amendment promises the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects. When an employer asks for your social media password, you are giving up something secure that you posses and employers may be able to alter information. Employers may also cause viruses from accessing your account. Getting to know someone doesn’t mean getting their social media password, it means face to face interaction. If a person seems to be hiding something from said employer then the employer has the right to fire you or say no when you ask for a job.

3/21/2017
Plymouth, wi
Riley
biller phs
Tattoo's are a freedom of expression. They express what your beliefs are. If you want to put a tattoo on your skin, you should be able too.

3/20/2017
Plymouth,Wisconsin
Gabby
Mrs.Biller PHS
I think tattoos are freedom of expression. Most tattoos have meaning to them.They should be the decision maker over their body not someone else.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Selena
Biller PHS
I think tattoos should be a freedom of expression because it expresses who they are and what kind of things they like.

3/20/2017
Wisconsin
Chase
Mrs. Biller PHS
Tattoos should be a protected right, because it is protected under freedom of expression

3/20/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Alec
Biller PHS
Tattoos are a freedom of expression because each tattoo usually has a special meaning or it is representing something. I also think that it is only a small part of the action though. I believe that the Arizona supreme court made the right decision.

3/20/2017
plymouth
michael zippperer jr
mrs. Biller
yes, tattoos are an act of expression. its the persons choice to do whatever they want to do to their bodies.

3/20/2017
Plymouth Wisconsin
Payten
Mrs. Biller PHS
Yes tattoos are a form of expression. When people get tattoos they want them because they are trying to express what they believe in/like.

3/20/2017
Plymouth
Treyden
Biller
It is a form of expression, beliefs or anything. It can also primarily represent gangs

3/20/2017
Wisconsin
Noah
Plymouth High
I think the city has a right to deny them as their reasoning was actually reasonable it is an expression but if the neighborhood does not want it it shouldn't be there

3/20/2017
Plymouth, WI
Brianna
Mrs. Biller/ PHS
I think that as long as the tattoo's don't cause any fights or anything like that, then people should be allowed to get them. It's not like people are trying to offend anybody on purpose and if they are then don't look at the tattoo's or ask them to cover them up a little bit.

3/20/2017
plymouth/wi
liam
biller/phs
I believe tattoos should be protected. They are an art form and people should not be judged on them. They are just expressing who they are by using their body.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Logan
Biller PHS
Yes as they are an expression. People who get tattoos use them to express themselves. So it is just like talking but through art. And Art is protected speech.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Carter Lawrence
Mrs. Biller PHS
I believe that tattooing is an act of expression. It is a right that everyone has and it shouldn't be restricted. If you get a tattoo that's your decision.

3/20/2017
plymouh
jonathan
mr.freddy/phs
yes tattoos are a okay you should be able to put whatever you want on your body even though it could be racist or profane.

3/20/2017
plymouh
jonathan
mr.freddy/phs
yes tattoos are a okay you should be able to put whatever you want on your body even though it could be racist or profane.

3/20/2017
plymouh
jonathan
mr.freddy/phs
yes tattoos are a okay you should be able to put whatever you want on your body even though it could be racist or profane.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Josh
Mrs.Biller & Freddie PHS
Tattoos are an act of expression and people should be able to have tattoos and that nobody should stop them.

3/20/2017
plymouth
Layto
Biller
Arizona because they allow tattoos and many people have tattoos and shouldn't be judged on it. They should be protected by expression

3/20/2017
Plymouth WI
Sam
Mrs.Biller/ PHS
people have the right to express themselves through tattoos but if some people think that the tattoos are offensive or racist, they can be turned down for things like jobs or getting the tattoos in general.

3/20/2017
Plymouth Wisconsin
Mitch
Biller PHS
Yes, because tattoos are a symbol of freedom of speech. Because they show what a person believes in or what he wants people to know about him or her. So they have the right to do what they want and nobody can stop them.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, WI
Grace
Mrs. Biller/ PHS
Tattoos should be considered protected speech. Most have harmless messages or pictures. However, if the message is implying immediate harm to someone, then it shouldn't be protected.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, WI
Zack
Biller PHS
I think Tattoos are an act of protected speech. People should be allowed to show what they have in interest in and can do whatever they want with thier body.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Kennedy
Mrs. Biller
yes, tattoos are freedom of expression. People can get tattoos if they want.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, WI
Cammi
Mrs. Biller
I think that tattoos are a freedom of expression. A lot of people that get tattoos either have a meanings to them or have them so they can be hidden. I think that if an employer does not like someones tattoos and they could inter fear with the job then they do not have to hire them.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Morgan
Mrs. Biller PHS
Yes, tattooing is protected because it is a persons way of expressing themselves with words and pictures. I think that the Arizona supreme Court made the right choice because that is the choice of someone to express themselves.

3/20/2017
Plymouth wi
Mrs. Biller
Plymouth High School
I believe that you should be able to do want you want and be able to express yourself. and tattoos are an example of being able to express yourself.

3/20/2017
Plymouth WI
Nate
Mrs.Biller/ PHS
People should be able to get tatoos but for some jobs I understand if there would be limitations.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, WI
Grace W
Biller PHS
Tattoos are protected by the First Amendment. They are considered an act of expression as long as they don't contain profane language.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, WI
Claire
Biller PHS
Yes, it's expression through art. As long as it doesn't pertain to some form of profanity, it should be protected. Most tattoos have a symbolic meaning, and we shouldn't take that away from someone.

3/20/2017
Plymouth Wisconsin
Mitch
Biller PHS
Yes, because tattoos are a symbol of freedom of speech. Because they show what a person believes in or what he wants people to know about him or her. So they have the right to do what they want and nobody can stop them.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Jacob
Mrs. Biller Plymouth High School
Yes, I think tattoos are a protected act of expression. I do think that expression is a central component of tattooing, though some get tattoos as dares most people get it for a meaning. I think Arizona made the correct decision, that tattoos are free expression.

3/20/2017
Plymouth Wisconsin
Mitch
Biller PHS
Yes, because tattoos are a symbol of freedom of speech. Because they show what a person believes in or what he wants people to know about him or her. So they have the right to do what they want and nobody can stop them.

3/20/2017
Plymouth Wisconsin
Ben
Mrs Biller PHS
Yes, I think that tattoos are a form of freedom of expression. They should be allowed to get them because when people get tattoos they have a meaning behind them. they can do what ever they want to their body

3/20/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Anna
Mrs. Biller PHS
Tattoos are protected speech because they are a form of speech and the 1st amendment protects free speech.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Angela
Mrs.Biller PHS
Tattoos are protected speech. They are protected speech because it states what a person is thinking or their thoughts on something. It shouldn't be a threatening thing.

3/20/2017
plymouth wi
bennet
mrs biller
Tattoos are freedom of expression because for most or every tattoo there is a meaning behind it.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Lukas
Biller PHS
Tattoos are a touchy subject because some tattoos have double meaning and some times they mean bad things or represent certain things. But on the other hand they have a meaning to the person and it is freedom of expression, so we can't stop anybody from getting tattoo.

3/20/2017
Plymouth WI
Nora
Mrs. Biller
I think tattoos are a choice and everyone has the freedom to get them. If you want to get tattoos, it's your body, you can do what you want to it. I believe tattoos are a freedom of expression.

3/20/2017
Plymouth,WI
Shania
BillerPHS
Tattoos should be protected, because its art being expressed. And they have a choice to what they want.

3/20/2017
Plymouth, WI
Ashlyn
Mrs. Biller
Tattoos are a freedom that we should obtain. It is an art form and people should be able to express themselves how they want to.

3/20/2017
PHS
Jenneh
Biller
Yes, tattoos are an act of expression. People have the right to do what they want mostly because when people get tattoos it usually means something.

3/20/2017
wisconsin
Carlee
Mrs. Biller
I do believe that tattoos are an act of expression. Tattoos can have a meaning to someone in their life, and it's their body, we can't tell someone that they can't get a tattoo.

3/17/2017
Plymouth,Wisconsin
Kyle
Biller PHS
Yes, tattoos are an act of expression. Most people that get tattoos, have a meaning to them. They have the right to do what they want to their body nobody can stop them.

3/17/2017
Wisconsin
Anna
Mrs. Biller PHS
I think that tattoos are a freedom of expression people should be allowed, its there choice for what to do on their body and express themselves though art on their skin

3/17/2017
Plymouth, WI
Kaitlynn
Mrs. Biller, Plymouth
I think that because symbols and the freedom of speech are protected under the first act that as long as the tattoos aren't provoking any sorts of fights or riots that people should be allowed to get them and the shop should be able to be opened.

3/17/2017
Plymouth Wisconsin
Cody
Mrs BillerPHS
I think they should be aloud to have tattoos. If they want to show it on there bod they should be able to. If it does not hurt anyone why not be aloud to show it off.

3/17/2017
plymouth, Wi
jeremy
mrs.biller/phs
Sure, because it's a symbolic expression of free speech.

3/17/2017
Plymouth,Wisconsin
Kyle
Biller/PHS
Yes, you get to choose what you want to get tattooed on your body. They are expressing their speech in the form of art. The tattoos are not hurting anyone. Most people that get tattoos have a meaning to them.

2/28/2017
murrieta
christian
mr.jabro/mca
yes because they are permanent on your own body so it should be protected

1/31/2017
Murrieta/Ca
Angel
Mr.Jabro /mca
Forms of freedom of expression & speech have been used before the founding days of the United states and the creation of the constitution is considered one of those freedoms too, being now probably one of the most important documents of the United States of America which brings me to this topic of making tattoo parlors legal or getting a tattoo itself in this state legal. I believe that tattooing also fits in this category of free speech and freedom of expression because the practice does not really cause anything bad to happen its just a painting in a different type of canvas, if the person wanted to create them or have them in the first place it should not be a denied freedom. and if they have a big desire for this they can also just get their business in another state or get the tattoo in another state and come back so the law does not work too well in this different circumstances which could make the state even lose money, it could also lose the opportunity for those businesses to be have good economic impact on the state and other few benefits.

1/31/2017
Murrieta CA
Brianna Avila
Mr. Jabro/ MCA
I believe that people should express themselves with any art they want and what it means to them.

1/24/2017
Murrieta, Ca
Devin
mr.Jabro/MCA
I think that tattooing is a freedom is expression because people have been receiving tattoos for thousands of years in tribes around the world and it is a form of religion. They used these tattoos to express power and who was in charge. The Arizona court made the right decision because they said it was a freedom of speech to tattoo and or recive tattoos.

1/22/2017
Midlothian/Virginia
kirsten
mrs. Marple/Midlothian Middle School
I bielive that the Supreme Court of AZ make the correct dicision. People can express who they are in many forms, and tatoos are just one of the many ways. Therefore I bielive they should be a form of protected speech.

1/17/2017
Murrieta, CA
Chandler
Mr. Jabro/MCA
Through out the ages, people have used tattoos as a form of art to express things related to religion, social status and many other things. They were used to communicate certain points that the beholder wanted to express. Its no different today, whether someone wants to get a tattoo to express the loss of a loved one or to show respect, it's their right to. It is a form of speech which should be protected under the constitution.

1/17/2017
Murrieta, CA
Ralph
Mr. Jabro/MCA
I side with the Supreme Court of AZ. People have the right to free expression in many forms, including tattoos. South Carolina simply wants those seeking a tattoo to leave the State, get tattoed, and return home.

1/17/2017
Murrieta California
Owen
Mr.Jabro/mca
I think tattoos is a protected form of expression just that it is not said but written or pictured in the form of ink. Expression is not always the reason but it is one of the key components in deciding whether to get one or not!! I agree with Arizona because as i said before tattoos are like freedom of speech accept printed in ink not said.

1/17/2017
murrieta ca
anthony
jabro mca
I believe that tattoos are a form of showing person traits or past virtue and with each incision placed upon with ink is showing we have faith in the person next to us and people are naive to the incompetence or even intelligence of us adolescents which we are just as worthy as any adults and i feel the necessity to be able to inflict any modification to my body without breaking a law. -anthony

12/21/2016
Midlothian, VA
Jubilee
Mrs. Zaval, Midlothian Middle School
Truly tattoos are personal pictures that are on a persons body. It lets the person express who they are rather than verbally doing it. It would be the central component because expressing yourself leads a better lifestyle. I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court because tattoos can help the person to feel good about themselves rather than hiding it. Tattoos should be builded up than being abolished.

11/18/2016
Covington La
Samantha
Pennington
Tattoos are a form of self expression and should be protected, but with that said certain ones aren't in good taste or appropriate for certain environments. Tattoo shops are stigmatized with a bad reputation due to people with excessive amounts that can be interpreted as defacing the body along with vulgar or crude tattoos. If a city decides its not in the city's best interest to open a certain shop because it wont make there image too great, then they can stop it from being opened. If a particular business disagrees with your tattoos they have a right to make you cover them up same goes for hair color and clothing choices, just like the city has the power to prevent a tattoo parlor from opening for the same reasons.

11/18/2016
Covington, LA
Jack
Covington High School
I believe that the expression of tattoos as decorative features are forms of free speech, but depending on the reason/expression (such as teardrops under eyes or profanity) it should be limited in some cases. However, receiving a tattoo for religious reasons can be considered freedom of religion and speech, and cannot be forcibly removed without violating the first amendment.

10/31/2016
Plymouth Wisconsin
Levi
Biller PHS
I think as long as the artist of a tattoo is willing to give a tattoo then it should be allowed because it is their free expression.

10/31/2016
Plymouth WI
Isaac
Mrs. Biller/PHS
I thinks its OK but should limit some tattoos like teardrop.

10/31/2016
Plymouth, wisconsin
Ethan Joseph
Mrs. Biller
I believe that tattoos should have similar rights to clothing. People should be free to get any tattoo that they want, yet the tattoo is allowed to be forced to be covered for a job.

10/31/2016
Plymouth Wisconsin
Clayton Neese
Mrs.Biller PHS
I think tattoos should be a protected because it is art and you can make any kind of art in the usa and it is protected.

10/31/2016
Plymouth Wisconsin
Natalie
Mrs.Biller Plymouth High School
I think that they should be aloud to have tattoos. It is what they want to show on there body they should be able to show it. Its not harming any body in the act, so why not just get some tattoos and show what you want them to show.

10/31/2016
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Rilee
Mrs. Biller/ PHS
I believe that tattoos are a freedom of expression. It is art and and a way to express yourself on your body.

10/31/2016
Plymouth/ WI
Kathryn
Mrs. Biller/PHS
Even though I may not personally agree with them, tattoos are a form of symbolic speech and are therefore protected by the first amendment.

10/29/2016
Plymouth/WI
Carisa
Biller/PHS
I believe that tattoos should be a protected form of speech. Everyone has the right to do what they want to their own bodies and I can't control that. Some are distirbing

10/27/2016
PLymout?Wisconsin
Mason
Mrs.Biller PHS
I belive that tattos are just an exampe of freedom of speech. They are peices of art. Some of them are inapropriate but some are nice.

10/27/2016
Plymouth/WI
Alex
Mrs. Biller/PHS
I believe that tattoos are a protected form of speech because you have to make a conscious decision to get the tattoo. You have to make a decision about what is on them, which implies that you believe or agree with what is on them. This is basically the same thing as making a sign, which is protected.

10/27/2016
Plymouth, Wi
Nick
Biller/Plymouth
They shouldn't be protected because there just tatoos and they dont harm anything

10/27/2016
plymouth Wi
Lexi
Mrs. Biller Plymouth highschool
I think tattoos should be a form of protected speech because it is how people express themselves.

10/27/2016
Plymouth, WI
Reese
Plymouth Biller
yes because it is your chose to get one. yes because it expresses who you are.

10/27/2016
Plymouth wi
Kinsey Ninnemann
Biler Plymouth high school
I think it should not be protected because some jobs don't employ someone because they have a tattoo or too many tattoos and I think it should say that way

10/27/2016
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Dylan Ernst
Mrs. Biller/ Plymouth High School
I fell tattoos are your freedom of expression, people should be able to get any kind of tattoo that they want to anywhere on their bodies. This is a form of art, and these tattoos can show something that's important to you. No one, absolutely no one should tell you what to do about getting a tattoo and shouldn't reject to service you such as in a restaurant or something just for having a tattoo.

10/27/2016
plymouth wisconsin
Matt
Mrs Biller PHS
I think it should be protected in some cases. Some tattoos are inappropriate. But I think they should be protected.

10/27/2016
Wisconsin
Maggie
Mrs. Biller
Yes I think tattoos should be a form of protected speech. It is just like a symbol and they usually mean something that is important to you or your religion. It is your body so, you should be able to put whatever you want on your body. It also is not harming anyone else.

10/27/2016
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Kyle
Biller/Plymouth High School
I belive that tatooing ai an act of expression. It is a right that everyone has and it shouldn't be restricted. The tattoo that you get is your decisio

10/27/2016
Plymouth/Wi
Rosalia
Biller/PHS
I think that tattoos are a freedom of expression. Although certain tattoos are disturbing, I can't not respect that. People can do whatever they'd like to their bodies. Some tattoos are elegant and you should be able to do what you please.

10/27/2016
Plymouth, WI
Carolyn Britt
Mrs. Biller /Plymouth High school
i think that they should be a form of free speech. It's their choose to do this and it doesn't harm you in any way. It is simply a what that they express themselves.

10/27/2016
Plymouth Wisconsin
Kiley
Mrs.Biller Plymouth High School
I believe that tattoos are a freedom of expression. Tattoos are a way you can explain what you are feeling on your own body. As long it isn't hurting anyone it should be allowed.

9/23/2016
Murrieta/Ca
Elizabeth
Jabro/MCA
I believe that tattoos are a simple act of free expression. Tattoos is something beautiful that can be marked anywhere on your body and it can be represented as something important to you. And I don't think anyone should tell you what not go get, also it's your own body so you should do as you please.

9/21/2016
Murrieta
Jon Ramirez
Mr. Jabro
I believe that people have the right to have tattoos because it is a protected form of expression. The First Amendment states that "Congress shall make no law...abridging of speech..."So anything that goes against the First Amendment is wrong. I believe the Supreme Courts decision was correct.

9/20/2016
murrieta
ajah
murrieta canyon
i think that tattoos are a way of trying to tell who you are. when people get a certain tattoo like a quote or a sign its most likely something that means something to them or they represent it.some people wont like the tattoos you have but personally i wouldn't listen to them , you should be free to do and say what you want, its your body.

9/19/2016
Murrieta
Omar Mata
Mr.jabro
yes i do believe that tattoos are a form of expression and that people should get permits to become a tattoo artist only if their good and some people make it a living to become a tattoo artist

9/19/2016
Murrieta/ California
Matthew M.
Mr. Jabro/ Murrieta Canyon Academy
There are those who have discriminating tattoos on their body and are showing their form of their expression. Personally, I think that anyone should be able to do what they want to their body. Why should anyone stop you from being you? So do like N.W.A. and "express yourself".

9/19/2016
murrieta
jaz cueva
jabro
Tattoos are a form of protected speech, although tattoos can simply express your own opinion on what you think art is it can also hold a certain meaning to someone. So yes I agree with Arizona supreme court on their decision of tattoos being a form of expression.

9/19/2016
california
River
MCA
Tattooing has become a special art for some people, and has given them a way to express themselves why take that away? As a financial stand point, tattoo shops bring the U.S a substantial amount economic value.

9/19/2016
murrieta/ca
roxanne bolanos
mr.jabro/MCA
i think that the state should not decide how or where a person can express their feelings and expressions . tattoos don not symbolize something bad and if a tattoo is appropriate for a citizen in a state then a tattoo shop should be no different . i think tattoos are a form of protected speech

9/19/2016
murrieta
leo
jabro/murrieta canyon academy
I think getting tattoos is a good way to show what you represent. It gives people an idea on what kind of person you are. I believe that people judge to much when they people with tattoos , they think there up to no good or they actually love it.

9/19/2016
Murrieta CA
Destiny Lewis
Mr. Jabro Murrieta Canyon Academy
I think that everyone is entitled to getting a tattoo if they want to. The government shouldn't say that a person can't get a tattoo it is a persons right to express themselves in whatever legal way that they want to. One of these ways is in the form of a tattoo.

9/19/2016
murrieta
lila
Mr. jabro/ breekside
I think that tattoos are a protected form of expression. Most of the time people get tattoos to express themselves and everybody should be able to express themselves. courts shouldn't be able to make the choice of what goes on a persons body.

9/19/2016
california
sonny martinez
Murrieta Canyon Academy
I personally am interested in getting tattoos and I have grown up among military men so tattoos seem very normal to me I think tattoos that have meaning should be protected as it could be very special to the person who has it I don't think the art of tattooing should be made an issue of law though even if others feel that it may damage a community or workplace my dad being in the navy I have seen very professional men covered in tattoos

9/19/2016
Murrieta/CA
Evans James
Mr. Jabro/ Creekside High School
I agree that tattooing yourself is an act of self-expression because, as stated in the Constitution, "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech..." Although tattoos can not speak, they still show the persons' identity. Its your body not the governments, so then get a tattoo If you want. The Arizona Supreme Court did make the right decision and I agree with it.

9/19/2016
murrieta
cameron hayhoe
Mr. Jabro/ creekside high school
Tattoos can be whatever that person wants them to be. A lot of people get them and that ink means something important to them, maybe something that reminds them of a loved one or just anything that they believe is important. There should not even be a discussion on whether people can get them or not, it is their body and they can do what they please.

9/16/2016
Sidney/ Montana
Nick Ullman
Mr. Lewis/ Sidney High School
Tattoos should be concidered a form of expression because some may mean nothing at all and may only be ink while others could be a persons beliefs or opinions on a specific topic.

9/16/2016
Sidney/ Montana
Casey
Mr. Lewis/ Sidney High School
I personally think that you should be able to do whatever you want with your body with out anyone getting upset with it. I have 6 tattoos and I would like many more so I think that if I am pround of my tattoos that I will represent them.

9/15/2016
Murrieta, CA
Maurice
Mr.Jabro Murrieta Canyon Academy
Even those who have Nazi Insignia's in America are expressing a protected form of expression to do so, even if it doesn't seem right. I do not side with the South Carolina Supreme Court, if tattoos aren't protected under the constitution other things should not be.

9/14/2016
Murrieta ca
Brittany
Jabro/MCA
Tattoos are just another way for people to express themselfs by getting what ever you like to be inked onto your skin forever and showing it off to the world to see

9/12/2016
Canton/MI
Myranda
Mr. Fite/Canton Preparatory High School
I believe that tattoos are both protected forms of expression because it does express who you are what you came from. It is also a form of free speech. Tattoos serve a story on your body to show the world who you are.

5/12/2016
Hoover, Al
Mariah Muhammad
Parker/Spain Park High School
Tattoos are a protected form of expression. Tattoos are a part of art and can be expressed freely no matter if it is accepted or rejected. They can have a meaning that you would always cherish. No one should have any control on someones ability of getting a tattoo or not. The Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision. It is a small part of action but you can still express yourself in many ways.

5/12/2016
Murrieta/ CA
Nathaniel
Mr. Jabro/ Creekside High School
I think that tattoos and tattooing are both protected forms of expression. Some people get tattoos in order to have a memory of something or it just means a lot to them. I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court in saying, "tattoos and tattooing are forms of free speech." They also say that it, "may be purely decorative or serve religious, political, or social purposes." I totally agree with this, my statement earlier saying that it may serve a great purpose to the person getting the said tattoo.

4/27/2016
Rudyard/MT
Graysen
Mrs. Campbell/North Star High School
Tattoos themselves are a form of protected speech. However, the act of tattooing is not. I side with the South Carolina Supreme Court because injecting dye is not a form of expression, therefore it should not be protected. The tattoo itself should be because it is your body and you are expressing yourself.

4/7/2016
Murrieta/CA
Trevor
Mr.J/Creekside High
In my opinion, tattoos are a form of self-expression. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech…” Tattoos shows creativity, but it also expresses a person’s beliefs or a person’s personality. For others, tattoos represent their identity (who they are). In other words, tattoos is considered to be a freedom of speech. I believe expression is the central component of the act of tattooing, and not only a small part of the action. I agree with Arizona Supreme Court because the court stated that “...tattoos contain words, messages and art, “may be purely decorative or serve religious, political, or social purposes.” The court ruled unanimously that tattoos and tattooing are forms of freedom of speech.

4/6/2016
Rudyard/MT
Jalissa
Mrs. Campbell/North Star High School
I think that tattoos are a form of protected speech because it is your body. Your body is one of the things that you truly own. I think that you can do whatever you want with it. A tattoo is a way to express a persons individuality, and to take that priliage away would be unAmerican. If you don't like tattoos, don't get one. Also most people don't have a distastefull amount of tattoos.

3/20/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Jullian
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattoos are a form of protected speech. I believe this because people can get tattoos to change there appearance without people stopping them. As long as the tattoo doesn't offend anyone it can individualize the person who gets it. That is why I believe this.

3/19/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Matt
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Tattoos are a form of protected speech that show peoples personality and how they are. Tattoos make someone express who they are without words. I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court that tattoos are a form of protected speech. Its not hurting anyone unless they express themselves, the tattoos say it for them.

3/18/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Jonathan Rosenblatt
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Yes tatoos are a form of protected speech.although Tatoos can be simply a way to make one's body look better, they can also be use to express their thoughts or self.So yes I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court on their decision of tattoos being a form of expression

3/18/2016
Strudsburg, PA
Jahnel D
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg
Tattoos are a form of expression that should protected by the First Amendment as long as they don't violate another person's rights. Tattoos don't hurt anyone else. I side with the Arizona Supreme Court because these people where just helping others express themselves in a way that wasn't harmful to others.

3/18/2016
Stroudsburg Pa
Uzoya
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Tattoos mean different things to different people. Tattoos can mean something or could be just for decoration. I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court tattoos are apart of freedom of expression. If you find something offensive tattooed on someone's body deal with it. If it's a student or an employe have then cover it up and be over with the problem instead of keep carrying it out.

3/17/2016
stroudsburg/PA
paige
mr.hanna/stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattoos are a form or Freedom of Speech. I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court, anyone should be allowed to do what they want. They don't need permission for what they want. I think that tattoos are a way for people to show a liking to something.

3/17/2016
stroudsburg/PA
paige
mr.hanna/stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattoos are a form or Freedom of Speech. I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court, anyone should be allowed to do what they want. They don't need permission for what they want. I think that tattoos are a way for people to show a liking to something.

3/16/2016
Whittier, CA
Sandra
Mrs. Bernal/RioHondoCollege
I agree with Arizona Court. I had kept myself from tattoos in certain areas of my body because of the simple fact that I might not have the same chance in a hiring process to someone who has no tattoos. I am wondering if this case went any further and if there might be any chances here in California reguarding this case. I'm excited to possibly get the tattoo I wanted after all!

3/16/2016
East stroudsburg
Aaron
Mr Hannah/JHS
I believe that tattoos are a form of freedom of speech and I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court with their decision .I believe tatoos are a choice you can express what your beliefs are. Some people like adorning their bodies with names of loved ones. Getting a tattoo is a personal choice

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Emily M.
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that Tattoos are a form of Freedom of Speech. I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court. Tattoos are your own choice and you can express what you believe in. Also you might think that it looks nice. Some people put the names of loved ones on their body. Getting a tattoo is your own choice.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Asia H.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court's conclusion that tattoos are a form of free speech. Freedom of speech means the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint, so why is it "unconstitutional" to have a tatoo that expresses your belief or opinion? Yes, it is possible to get offended by someones tatoo, but isnt it possible for that to happen with someones speech. The tattoo, unlike someones speech, only affects that person with it. It is not up to the Supreme Court to decide what tattoo someone can get and what someone can't. Tattoos are a freedom of speech and a freedom of expression and no one has the right to take that away

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg
Bridget Clark
Mr Hanna Sroudsburg Junior High School
I think that tattoos should be aloud and part of freedom of speech because it is others opinions and they can put anything they want in a form of tattooing. Basically I think it's an art on people's body and it has meaning and if it has meaning and it is what they want to have on their skin forever then it's their choice. I am for the Arizona choice and I do believe that it is a freedom of speech.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Jessica
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Tattoos are used to express you and your personal interests. They could hold a special meaning to you or even symbolize something regarding a religion, group, decorative etc. Although, putting ink on your skin isn't the only way to convey, the Arizona Supreme Court still proves a point because no ones personal rights should be taken away especially if it associates with your own body.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Teshi J
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattoos and the act of tattooing is a form of protection. Therefore, yes! I agree with the Arizona Surpreme Court. For one, people have tattoos are showing their interest in activities they take part in. It shows other people the activities these people might take part in and what they strongly believe in. If people want to express themselves by ink connection, let them. Tattooing might be a stress reliever for some people and it's something us as human have to accept. Tattoo or not the government should accept your decision no matter what.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Luke B
Me. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think tattooing is a protected form of expressing. When people get a tattoo, they are expressing themselves. Expressing themselves can be anything they would like it to be. So I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court.They should allow tattoos because it's the people's decision to get a tattoo if they want, and the parlor isn't harming anybody being there.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Luke B
Me. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think tattooing is a protected form of expressing. When people get a tattoo, they are expressing themselves. Expressing themselves can be anything they would like it to be. So I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court.They should allow tattoos because it's the people's decision to get a tattoo if they want, and the parlor isn't harming anybody being there.

3/15/2016
Storudsburg PA
Ricardo
Mr.Hanna JH
Tatoos are a form of expression, because if you think about people get a tatoo to express a certain feeling or emotion. Some people may even say that tatoos are a form of art so wouldnt that make art not a way to express your self. By nature i think that expression is the central componet of tatooing because people get tatoos with words and poctures so that they can show people how they feel and what they believe in. I think that Arizona did make the right decision because tatoos are a way to a express your beliefs and feelings just like any other art or type of expression

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, pa
Tristan
Mr. Hanna/stroudsburg jhs
I agree with the Arizona Surpreme Court, I believe that tattoos are a protected form of expression. Many people get tattoos, they are showing what their interests are and what their opinions are on their feelings. Some people get tattoos and they all have a meaning.it may be something personal or just a memory they had, or a reminder

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Asia H.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court's conclusion that tattoos are a form of free speech. Freedom of speech means the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint, so why is it "unconstitutional" to have a tatoo that expresses your belief or opinion? Yes, it is possible to get offended by someones tatoo, but isnt it possible for that to happen with someones speech. The tattoo, unlike someones speech, only affects that person with it. It is not up to the Supreme Court to decide what tattoo someone can get and what someone can't. Tattoos are a freedom of speech and a freedom of expression and no one has the right to take that away

3/15/2016
PA
Emily
Stroudsburg JHS
Tattoos are definitely a form of protected speech. They are no different from writing on paper, other than the fact it's on human skin. I think the act of the tattooing, and what's written should both be a form of protected expression. The act of tattooing is definitely an important component. It's just like the act of writing or drawing, only on someone's skin. I side with the Arizona Supreme Court's decision. In the South Carolina Supreme Court case they ruled "the process of injecting dye to creat the tattoo is not sufficiently communicative to warrant protections." This is basically the same as saying "the process of scratching graphite against a paper to create an essay is not sufficiently communicative to warrant protections." This completely disregards the whole meaning of creating a tattoo. All this recognizes is the action, not the whole. They just phrase it that way to make it sound like tattoos are just ink, without any meaning or purpose. The act of creating a tattoo is not just injecting ink into skin it is creating a piece of art with definite meaning and an act of expression.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Leo
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg Junior High
I believe that tattooing is a form of protected speach. I believe that people have the right to do whatever they want with there bodies. I also believe that people should not be irrational and have tattoos that promote terrorism or racism.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Amber F
Me.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattooed are a form of free speech. Everybody has the right of freedom of speech in America, whether it is getting a nose piercing or getting a mullet it is all freedom of speech. Nobody has the power to take that away from you. That is way it was wrong for the Supreme Court to have denied Ryan and Laetita Coleman from opening their tattoo parlor.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, Pa
Tiffany
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Surpreme Court, I believe that tattoos are a protected form of expression. Many people get tattoos, they are showing what their interests are and what their opinions are on things. It is your body and you can do whatever you want to it so I think that the city was wrong by telling the tattoo parlor that it wasn't a good thing to have in the neighborhood. Having the tattoo parlor there won't cause any damage to the neighborhood, they can't force people to get tattoos.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Brianna
Mr. Hanna/ stroudsburg JHS
I think that tattoos and tattooing is a form of expression and we should have our freedom for self expression am I right? So Having a tattoo May Not be your thing but if someone wants a tattoo then so what it's their body, just let them have the dang tattoo! I agree with the Arizona surpreme court that tattoos are a form of self expression and that should be protected.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Michael K
Me.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Tattoos are a form of speech because some people get tattoos to express them selves or to show feelings for someone. Some people get tattoos to also represent someone that was important to them like there parents or close family members that had passed away. I disagree with the South Carolina Supreme Court

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Nandee C
Mr.Hana Stoudsburg JHS
Expression- expressing or setting forth with words, illustrations,or actions . I believe that tattoos at be fitting of that definition and limiting ones freedom of expression is without a doubt unconstitutional. Tattooing is a form of art that allows people to express themselves in a way that makes them feel good and they have ever right to do so. The right to express oneself is the first amendment because it is the one that comes first before the others, and the government should be protecting citizens rights,like the Arizona Supreme Court. So I disagree with th South Carolina Supreme Court; tattooing is a form of self expression and should be protected.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Shawn
Mr. Hannah/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattoos are, and should always be a form of protected speech. Although the matter of tattoos being purely for expression is debatable. There are many people who get a tattoo to express their opinions, but there are also people who simply get one to look tough. However, if the state government were to deny a tattoo parlor because of one group, it would, indeed, violate the right of free speech. People should be able to express themselves in any way they want to. This is probably what the Colemans thought as well, and that's why they mentioned the First Amendment during their case. If someone wants to inject ink into the dermis of the skin to express themselves , why should we associate them with a gang, and limit their free speech by doing so? Not every tattoo is associated with something inappropriate. Despite the fact that there are people that will abuse this right, tattoos are a form of protected speech, I believe that it was Arizona that made the right decision not to limit them.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Asarel
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think tattoos are a protected form of expression, it's each individuals decision weather or not to tattoo themselves. I also do believe there must be some limits though on what type of things people tattoo an themselves, for example something that threatens the country then that shouldn't be allowed, as long as the tattoo is kept appropriate then it's each persons decision. Excessive tattooing I believe is taking advantage of the right to tattoo themselves, if someone tattoos their whole body then there's no point in tattooing! All this being said, I agree with the South Carolina Supreme Court because although people might just do it to express themselves I think children should also be taken into consideration, and the Supreme Court does what's best for the safety of all Americans.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Eryk D
Mr.Hanna
I think the act of tattooing is a protected form of expression. Tatoos express how most people feel about themselves and certain issues. I agree with the Arizona supreme court that tatooing should

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Alice
Mr.Hanna\Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme court in believing that tattoos are a protected form of free speech. I think the Arizona Supreme Court has made the right decision because having a tattoo of something you deeply feel for is a form of self expression and self expression is a form of free speech. Just because it is permanently inked onto a body does not make it any different from the person saying it out loud. If a person makes this desicion because of his or her own will, the government should have to respect that because the person can do whatever he or she desires to do with their body cause afterall it is their body.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg JHS
Zoe
Mr.Hanna
Tattooing is a form of self expression and let's people show and express certain things that words can not, in other words it's art. We all have our way of showing and expressing ourselves so if some people decide to do it through tattooing then they should be given that right not denied it. The Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision by ruling that tattooing is a form of free speech because that's exactly what it is. If people are to get hurt or injured during the actions they take then that is on them, but it is not the state's job to deny people of self-expression.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Elizabeth
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court's conclusion: tattoos are a form of free speech. Just like other things, such as clothing or jewelry, tattoos are symbols of self-expression. Tattoo parlors are not directly harmful in any way, and people should be able to healthily express themselves as they see fit without government interference.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Gigi S.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court, in the sense that tattoos are a protected form of expression. People almost always get tattoos for the sole purpose of expressing who they are or what they believe in. They are free individuals in a free country, and have the right to do what they want to their bodies. I believe that the city was wrong to tell the couple that their tattoo parlor was "not in the best interest of the neighborhood." It would not be hurting anyone just by being there. Nobody would be forced to go in and get a tattoo or even walk by. There is nothing wrong with tattoos and they are just another form of self expression. If they can write it on paper, they should be allowed to write it on their bodies.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Tojah J
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattoos are a form of protected speech. Tattoos are a form of protected speech because I feel like people get tattoos because their body is a canvas and they want to put more art on their bodies to feel more beautiful. Now, if someone were to get words on their body, they obviously feel that what ever they want to say, is that important that they have to put it on their bodies forever, and they feel very strongly about what ever they have to say, that they will never change their minds about it and print it on their body.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Nick
Mr.Hanna/stroudsburg JHS
Yes tattoos are a form of expression through appearance and it is the decision of the person getting the tattoo wether or not they will express themselves in that way I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court because people should be able to express themselves in any way they want

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Gabrielle
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that tattoos or the act of tattooing is infact a protected form of expression because of the reason that it is someone's decision to get a tattoo, and it is how they like to express themselves. Whether it is because someone gets a tattoo to show love, or a symbol of their personality, it is how they express themselves. I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court because It is not up to the South Carolina Supreme Court to tell people a tattoo parlor is not appropriate. That is an opinion of theirs and not fair to people who want a tattoo parlor and think it is appropriate.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Luke B
Me. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think tattooing is a protected form of expressing. When people get a tattoo, they are expressing themselves. Expressing themselves can be anything they would like it to be. So I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court.They should allow tattoos because it's the people's decision to get a tattoo if they want, and the parlor isn't harming anybody being there.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Nasir
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I strongly believe that tattoos are a protected form of expression because it could express the way you feel. Also because it could be a symbol of what you believe in. However, I think tattooing is a small part of the central component of expression because some people just get tattoos because they think they look cool. I think the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision because most of the people in the world get tattoos to symbolize something or have a meaning.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Jayden
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Tattoos are indeed a protected form of expression. Tattoos help bring out feelings of a person. So many people of today's population have tattoos. Some are in memory of others or to even to show the true value of ones self in a picture describing themselves. Though this may be true, I agree with the South Carolina Supreme Court. A tattoo parlor may not be appropriate in that exact area. Children are important and should be a first priority.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Natalia
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattoos are a way to express themselves. Everybody should be allowed to express yourself by tattoo. Because people get their tattoos for their personal preference of why they are getting it. People should feel comfortable with their bodies. In my opinion the Arizona Supreme Court did the right thing saying that tattoos are free forms of speech

3/14/2016
stroudsburg
Lisa muccio
Mr. Hanna / jhs
although I think the city of Mesa has the absolute right to deny the Colemans or anyone else who tries to open a tattoo parlor in that area the allowance to open one, I firmly believe that tattoos are a protected form of self expression. Tattoos can portray pictures or symbols for decorating or because of that person's liking or a deeper meaning of self values. Tattoos do not harm anymore (in a way more than the process of being tattooed) so i don't see how it could be a bad model for the youth of the city because art should be an appreciated thing and not judged just because it is on your body. After saying all this, I agree with the South Carolina Supreme Court because the city still reserves the right of allowing the opening of a tattoo parlor even though personally, it isn't the tattoo that harms the children, it's that the children are taught to look at tattoos and bad and wrong tht harms the children.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Alexia
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do agree that tattoos or tattooing is a form of protected speech. Many people want to get or have tatoos because it reminds them of something that means a lot to them, or people get them because they resemble symbols or something that they love to do. Court should not be able to take that right away from the people. And for that reason I do agree with the Arizona Supreme Court because they fought for people having the right to express themselves in different ways. Also many people want to be different in a ways compared to others, they can do whatever they want to do to let them accomplish that.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Andrew
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that tattoos or tattooing is a protected form of expression. I think the whole tattoo is an expression not just something fancy on your body. For example my dad has many tattoos, one being the name of his wife and my mom. This isn't to show off its a form of expression of love. I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court because I for one think tattoos or the act of tattooing should be a protected expression.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Alexia
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do agree that tattoos or tattooing is a form of protected speech. Many people want to get or have tatoos because it reminds them of something that means a lot to them, or people get them because they resemble symbols or something that they love to do. Court should not be able to take that right away from the people. And for that reason I do agree with the Arizona Supreme Court because they fought for people having the right to express themselves in different ways. Also many people want to be different in a ways compared to others, they can do whatever they want to do to let them accomplish that.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, pa
Ashley C.
Mr. Hanna / stroudsburg JHS
I think tattoos are a way to express yourself. I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court because it lets people express them self. The tattoo might mean something special to them. Also there is no law where you can't have tattoos expecially when it's not harmful to others.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Mahedi
Mr.Hana/Stroudsburg jhs
Tattoos are a form of self expression like belifs or something you just like. So I disagree with the South Carolina supreem court disition. Tatuing is a form of free speech and cannot be taken away.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Waqar M.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I feel like having tattooes isn't a bad a bad thing. Its a form of speech, with has its freedom. Also it's art, art that is just different because its on people's bodies. But having inappropriate tattoos should not be legal or allowed since children could see that and they shouldn't be able to if there was a limit or boundary that tattoos especially can't cross. So I feel like no one should deny someone opening a tattooes shop IF the tattooes are appropriate and safe to have on the skin. Tattooe stores should be closed if the tattooes are very inappropriate and the way they put the tatooes on the person is In a very bad, dangerous way.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Ryan Lowe
Me. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I strongly disagree with the remarks of what the Supreme Court of South Carolina stated, that tattoos show no communicative to warrant protections. I don't think they have the right to tell people what is right and what is wrong for their body because at the end of the day, the person who has the tattoo is the one who chose it and went through with the process

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Paige
Me. Hannah/ Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court. Tattoos are a form of expression and you get them to express yourself and have the things you love permanently inked on your body. Tattoos can have a deep meaning to someone, and it is your body and you should be allowed to do what you want with your body.

3/14/2016
stroudsburg PA
collin
stroudsburg JHS
I agree that tattooing is a part of free speech and that everyone has the right to put ink on their own body if they want to. I feel like this whole thing is apart of something bigger but they just don't want to admit it and blame the whole thing on tattoos.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Gabby
Mr. Hanna/JRHS
I feel like tattoos should be allow and protected because it's a way for people express and show they're body they way they would like to. Government should not have control over another person's body, they should do what they want and how they want to they're own body as long as its the appropriate age requirement.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Ali
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree that tattoos or the act of tattooing is an acceptable for of expression. I don't believe it is an central component of tattoos, I think it is just a portion of the action. I think the Arizona Court made the right decision because the citizens should be able to have the freedom of expression.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Samuel W.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattooing is an expression but not for everything. If it is for beliefs and religion then it is okay because some religions make you where tattoos. To wear tattoos just has a symbol isn't a form of expression part of the First Amendment. I say this because it would just be decorating your body if you put tattoos on it. They may stabd for something but aren't a form of expression, so the act of tattoing is sometimes the central part of expression but not always. In this case I support the South Carolina Supreme Court and their decision.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, P. A.
Sara
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that tattoos are a form of expression because someone that has a tattoo of a college mascot can resemble his/hers alma mater. I think that expression is a central concept of tattooing. The Arizona Supreme Court did indeed make the right decision as " unanimously that tattoos and the art of tattooing are forms of free speech. "

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Nick Gomez
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg Junior High School
I think that tattoos are protected forms of expression because you can put what ever you want on your body. I think that it is a small action because you can express yourself in many ways. I think the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision because I think it is freedom of speech.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Ahmed
Mr.hanna/stroudsburg JHS
I agree with arizona supreme court because U.S is a free country. People can do to their skins whatever they want. They can put ink in their body. As long as its appropriate. Now days, people get tattoos not to just show the art. They want to show their feeling by drawing it on their body. It's a free country people can do whatever they want unless its a bad/dangerous thing.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Miguel
Mr.Hanna Stroudsburg sjhs
I agree with the people because the tattooing is one form to express yourself, also the people decide how to express themselves and if they want to have ink on the body and on the other hand they don't want the people to have tattoos.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Miguel
Mr.Hanna Stroudsburg sjhs
I agree with the people because the tattooing is one form to express yourself, also the people decide how to express themselves and if they want to have ink on the body and on the other hand they don't want the people to have tattoos.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg Pa
Eric
Mr.Hanna/stroudsburg jhs
I think tattoos are a protected form of expression. I think expression is a key component of tattoos. Whenever you see someone with a tatto they can tell you exactly what each one means to you. I think the Arizona Supreme Court made the correct decision in this case because they can't take away anyone's rights.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Manny Fors
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattoos are most definitely a protected form of expressionism since they are used to express one's expressions or feeling(s). The whole tattoo is an expression of something whether it be a dragon or the name of a loved one. However, I side with the South Carolina Supreme Court because the city has every right to deny the placement of a tattoo parlor if they think it will be a negative influence to children that might live there or any of the other residence there.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Ashley
Mr. Hannah/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Suprime Court because tattoos are ways many people in America express themselves today. I believe that tattoos are a form of protective speech because they have become an art, tattoos are like paintings/drawlings on your body that you get in order to express yourself. Like an old Chinies Proverb says "A picture is worth a thoudsand words". So by people like South Carolina Supriem Court saying that tattooing is not a form of communicate and shouldn't be protected by the first amendment we are saying that any sort of art is not significant communication and the first amendment does not pretect it. Tattoos cost a decent amount of money to get and cause he/she getting the tattoo much pain so why would a person get a tattoo unless they want to express something about themselves or show their interests. So there for I believe that tattoos are symbol that represents something about he/she who has one, causing it a form of speech, so I think that the first amendment should protect tattoos because of how in today's society we view art as a way to tell a story without using words.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Hala E.
Mr.Hanna/ SJHS
I believe that tattooes are a form of protected speech. When a person decides to get a tattoo it's to symbolize something they feel strongly about or a way of expressing themselves. I don't think anyone should be able to control a persons actions or thoughts, so If someone wanted to put ink on their body they should have the right to do so. I wholeheartedly agree with the Arizona Court on this discussion. They ruled that tattooes are a form of protected speech, as should everyone due to the first amendment. All in all, I believe that tattooes should be accepted as a form of protected expression.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Madison
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision by ruling that tattoos are a protected form of expression, and should be allowed anywhere. I agree with them because most people do not get tattoos for the fun of it. Say someone has lost a family member and would like a tattoo to remember them. That shows that getting tattoos really helps some people express themselves. Getting tattoos also helps people who are not mentally understood, express their feelings in the way of art on their body. Tattoos will make them feel more comfortable and satisfied with themselves. That is why I think tattoos are a protected form of expression, and the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision by supporting it.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
AJ Schito
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizone Supreme Court. The people who are getting tattoos are only expressing themselves and it would be unconstitutional to take their right away. The city was wrong in saying that the tattoo parlor "wasn't appropriate for the location." If the tattoos are not harming anyone or express offensive feelings, that person has the right to have that tattoo and the first amendment protects that right. If other forms of art are aloud why wouldn't tattoos be?

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Caroline
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court. I believe that tattoos are a form of protected speech for many reasons. People get tattoos for personal interests such as symbols, something they love, or im memory of someone. People shouldn't be stopped for expressing how they feel if its on their own bodies anyway. They should have the right to do what they want to their bodies and no one should try to prevent this. People will tattoos are just trying to be themselves and I respect that.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, Pa
Isabel A.
Hanna
I belive that tattoos are a way to express themeselves. This is a form of protected speech, if a person chooses to get a tattoo it is their choice. Most people get tattoos to symbolize something important to them. As a citizen in the United States of America, you are expected to be living in a free country with rights. Because it is the person's body, they should be allowed to do whatever they want with it. This city didn't have the right to tell where the tattoo parlor was being put, they also had no rights to say that It was not appropriate. They claimed to be trying to protect their city... but from what? Many people are covered with tattoos, they see it as a way to express themselves. Tattoos are art, and the city wouldn't stop an art studio being put in its place. A person should not be limited to the amount of tattoos that they want. As a free person, it is your choice to decide wether or not they want a tattoo. Therefore, I think that tattooing should be protected by the Amendments.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Hannah
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that tattooing is a form of expressing and it should be allowed anywhere because it uses words and pictures, like books or a written or drawn document, which are protected by the first ammendmant. Except, tattoos are put on your skin. So I definetely agree with the Arizona Supreme Court since tattooing is a form of expressing yourself.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg
Selena London
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona court. Tattoos are a form of expression, tattoos are Art. And if you want to put art on your body you should be allowed to with no problem. It's a form of freedom of speech and no one is allowed to take away that right.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Carter H.
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I feel that tattoos are a form of protected expression. People should be allowed to get whatever tattoo they want, it is their body. The government shouldn't tell people that they can't open a shop, where are people going to go for a tattoo. The Arizona Supreme Court did do a good job because it is denying their freedom. Expression is only a small part of the tattooing process because people could get one for many different reasons, such as for show or because it looks cool. Therefore, I feel that it is a form of protected expression.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Mark R
Mr Hanna/Stroudsburg
I think that the Arizona stte supreme court made the right decision, because it is up to the people to decide whether or not they want to get a tattoo and there is no way to deem a business that provides a way for people to express themselves as innapropriate, since that would be a violation of first amendment rights

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Hope
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I feel that tattoos are a free form of expression, just like painting on a canvas. The only difference is that the canvas is skin. Expression is the the basis for all things art-related, so if you'd like to put an illustration of a tiger eating a pizza on your arm, then you should be allowed to. If you want to open up a tattoo shop, I feel the same rule applies. I feel the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision, and protected those peoples' freedoms.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg JHS
Noah C.
Hanna/SJHS
Tattoos are a form of expression, they show peoples personalities and speak for the person who has the tattoos. However, Normally in this time period, tattoos are of pointless images that look cool. I would not say that expression is the main reason for tattooing. I would say it is part of it. I will still side with the Arizona Supreme Court because a lot of tattoos still hold expression.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Anthony K
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattoos are a form of free speech. Tattoos help people remember loved ones that may have passed or maybe to resemble a significant someone in their life. I wholely agree with the Arizona Supreme Court.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Niamh
Mr. Hanna/ SJHS
I believe that tattoos should be a nationally protected as a form of free speech. Thinking logically, tattoos are a form of visual art, which is protected by the First Amendment, therefore tattoos are a form of free speech protected by the constitution.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg
Emma Scott
Mr.Hanna
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court, tattoos are a way of self expression. If people want to express themselves let them! How is it harming the Supreme Court? Tattoos are symbolic, they show what people believe in. This is America! People should be able to do whatever they choose, as long as they are not harming themselves or others.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg PA
shane E
mr.Hanna/stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the people because the first amendment states that the freedom of speech can't be outlawed by the government. Also it's the people's choices if they want to inject ink into their body. But anyways on the other hand I kind of see why they said no to the ratio shop because maybe they didn't want their citizens to have tatoos.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg/Pennsylvania
Angel
Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattooing is a part of free speech and that it should allowed everywhere.If the tattoo is religious or just for decorating and expressing who you are.people get tattoos for the protest from expression. I believe that the city was wrong to tell the couple that their tattoo parlor was " not in the best interest of the neighborhood. This country was made by people that wanted freedom and I think that is who it chur say because when we are together we rise and aprt we fall

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Nkosi
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think the Arizona Supreme Court did the right thing. People should have the right to get tattoos to express their feelings and beliefs and the government shouldn't walk in here and tell the people that they couldn't open their tattoos parlor. Some tattoos don't even really mean anything personal so I think the Arizona Supreme Court did the right thing.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Lauren
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Tattooing is a putting ink into you body and harming your self,so I feel that getting a tattoo is your choice. I belevie that South Carolina Suprem court was a good idea becuase we do have our freedom so if we get a tattoo it's involving the person who have got the tattoo. I understand that people with tattoos usually have a story so you feel that your shoes express your self. People shouldn't be limited because they feel they should get/have a tattoo so I agree with South Carolina Supreme Court and have that couple have their tattoo place.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg/ Pennsylvania
Gabriella L.
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court, tattoos should be treated as a protected form of expression. It is very common for humans to get tattoos that mean something to them or express their feelings. Citizens come to America to have rights and freedom, Freedom of speech is protected by the first amendment. The city was wrong to say that the tattoo shop "wasn't appropriate for the location". If singing, dancing, drawing and others are forms of freedom of speech, why wouldn't tattoos be?

3/14/2016
stroudsburg JHS
darrick
Mr.Hanna
What i think is tattoos is a form of protective speech, because the tattoos are like art they express the way you feel and what you believe in. Tattoos are telling the person who is looking at it saying "Hey i believe in god!" what do you believe in? I believe that the city was wrong to tell the couple that their tattoo parlor was "not in the best interest of the neighborhood." And that it is wrong to do that. No one is being forced to get a tattoo they can just pass by and not get one. I think you should be able to write on your body like a painting!

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg JHS
Carlos H.
Mr. Hanna
I think that tattoos are a form of expression. It's a way to show a form of protected speech. People get tattoos to express their emotion or feelings. You may get a tattoo for who you want to be president. I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court. They ruled that tattoos are a form of speech, as everyone else should too. The South Carolina Supreme Court, however were wrong because if someone wants to express themselves by doing what they want to their body, then they should let them. They shouldn't stop them just because it isn't "suitable". If this is how someone chooses to express their thoughts, then there is nothing wrong with it.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Miada E.
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I agree that tattoos are a part of the form of protected speech. People get tattoos to symbolize either who they are or what they believe in. We do live in the United States meaning we are in a free country, and since it's the persons body they should be able to do whatever they want with it. The city really didn't have a right to say that the location of where the tattoo parlor was going "not appropriate for the location or in the best interest of the neighborhood." It may have been their city and they wanted to protect their people but what was there to protect from them? That there just so happens to be a tattoo parlor. They shouldn't have to control where people want to put shops. People think tattoos are a way to express themselves, and if they want to put something on their body they shouldn't be told otherwise. People should have the choice to put whatever they wan on their body. As to why I think that tattooing should be protected by the Amendment.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Havanah
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Supreme Court that tattoos are "feeds of speech." People dye their hair and get tattoos to express their selfs. It honestly is their desision and America is know for being a fee country. It is not our bodies it is the person who is getting it. The city should not have said that to the tattoo parlor and it was the city's opinion and no one cares what they think we are a free country. Their might be consequences to getting a tatto but it is the person who gets it the tatto parlor was not unjust. If we are allowed to have it in other towns I believe that it would be allowed in that city.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,PAZ
Justin C.
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattoos are a expressive thing and symbolize something. People like to get cool designs and words for memory's of someone dead and that's okay because they are expressing themselves. So I think the government should be more lenient with this issue.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Saige
Mr Hanna/ SJH
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court. People get tattoos in memory of people/something or to show what their personality is and that's okay. We live in a free country so there's nothing wrong with them putting ink on themselves for something they really want. It's their bodies, so they should be able to do whatever they want with it. As long as it doesn't hurt/harm anyone, I believe anyone has the right to do whatever they want with themselves.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg JHS
Angelina Truong
Mr. Hanna
In my opinion, I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court. Most people don't get tattoos now a days for "art on their body" but for a purpose of expressing how they feel and how they'll probably feel all their life, since a tattoo is permanent. Some time people do get tattoos for "art on their body" but that "art" is expressing themselves and sometimes it's for a purpose and that is expressing how they feel.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Gigi S.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court, in the sense that tattoos are a protected form of expression. People almost always get tattoos for the sole purpose of expressing who they are or what they believe in. They are free individuals in a free country, and have the right to do what they want to their bodies. I believe that the city was wrong to tell the couple that their tattoo parlor was "not in the best interest of the neighborhood." It would not be hurting anyone just by being there. Nobody would be forced to go in and get a tattoo or even walk by. There is nothing wrong with tattoos and they are just another form of self expression. If they can write it on paper, they should be allowed to write it on their bodies.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Arriana
Mr.Hanna\Stroudsburg JHS
I think that tattoos are a form of protected speech. Tattoos can mean anything andis personal to a person. Some people express their self through tattoos no one can tell them to take it off or not to wear it .Tattooing should be protectedmby thefirst Amendment. People use tattoos as a freedom of speech and I do agree with the Arizona Supreme Court.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Sydney
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg Junior Highschool
I think the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision because I think tattoos are meant to be expressive and symbolic to the person getting one. You also can do what you want with your body because it is yours, and not the government's. Besides, the government shouldn't care what we do with our bodies unless it relates to something harmful to the U.S. Maybe not even that.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Ryan P.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Tattoos are definitely a form of free speech, and should be treated as a protected form of expression. If a person willfully gets a tattoo, he is expressing himself. What other purpose would there be for tattoos? Also, if tattoos wouldn't be considered free speech, why would things like art, music, and movies? I don't particularly enjoy tattoos, but if they are not considered free speech, almost anything can be considered to not fall under free speech.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Willie
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Yes the act of tattooing or receiving tattoos are a protected form of expression. It is basically the same thing as art and singing. People sing, draw, and paint as a form of expressing themselves. Expression is the central part of receiving and giving tattoos. One does not simply get a tattoo for the fun of it, they get it to express themselves. And if you don't like tattooing then you wouldn't make a career out of it. Therefore the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Isabelle .S.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court. The 1st Amendment protects freedom of speech such as a symbol. A tattoo is a symbol you choose to put on your body which I would believe is a type of freedom of speech the the 1st Amendment should protect.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Hannah R.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court that tattoos are a form of free speech and expression. I say this because a person bothered to get a permanent tattoo of something they liked that they would not regret putting on their body. This is a form of self expression which means that it is a form of free speech. I wholeheartedly agree with the Arizona Supreme Court ruling.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Russell
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I feel that it is ok to express your personal interests in ink. Inappropriate artwork is a different story. I feel there should be some limitation and boundaries comparing the argument to the first Amendment. I strongly believe that this freedom can cause impact on the environment and peers. Based on the community having a tattoo can influence the acts of younger children. As long as it is appropriate and not covering the entire body I am in full support!

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Russell
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I feel that it is ok to express your personal interests in ink. Inappropriate artwork is a different story. I feel there should be some limitation and boundaries comparing the argument to the first Amendment. I strongly believe that this freedom can cause impact on the environment and peers. Based on the community having a tattoo can influence the acts of younger children. As long as it is appropriate and not covering the entire body I am in full support!

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Joe A
Mr.Hanna/stroudsburg JHS
I think tattoos are a former of protected speech it's no different than wearing a shirt that is expressing your thoughts. I also feel it depends on what the tattoo is it shouldn't be a swastika or an ISIS flag but for the most part I feel tattooso are a former of protected speech and should be aloud

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Rory
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I agree with the Arizona justices in saying that tatoos are protected by the first amendment. Some people express themselves through tatoos and if they cannot be forced not to have it because restricting tatoos would be violating the first amendment. I believe that the Coleman's should have strongly disagreed with the ruling like they did.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Chase
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattooing is a part of free speech and that it should be allowed everywhere. If the tattoo is religious or just for decorating and expressing who you are, there is no reason to deny the people of their rights. If you want to make your body unique, then that should be your decision and not the decision of the government. Now.... I know court can make fair points to tattooing profanity on one's self, but still, it is expressing yourself and thus free speech.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Hannah S
Mr.Hanna:Stroudsburg JHS
Yes, I believe tattoos are a form of protected speech. Many people who have tattoos have them to express themselves, their beliefs and overall who they are as a person. The government trying to take away someone's right to give others tattoos when they have a licence is wrong, as it violates the first amendment. Tattoos at show many express themselves.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Salome
Mr.Hanna/stroudsburg JHS
I think tattooing and the act of tattooing isn't a protected form of expression, because some states aren't letting people open tattoot shops, and some business owners argue that as denying freedom of speech. Expression is a big part of central act of component tattooing, because you just don't get a tatto out of no where you have to be inspired on getting it and it has to represent something to you, but I don't think it matters what you think when you're facing the suprem court. The Arizona Supreme Court didn't make the right decision they sided with the South Carolina court. In my opinion I think that the Arizona court should have favored the young tattors in opening there parlor, because there not doing anything wrong there just tattooing expressions on people.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Lauryn
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattoos are a protected expression if they are little and not standing out like on your arm or somewhere were everybody can see it. I think that the act of tattooing is a big part in action because getting a tattoo can get so out of hand therefore if you want a little message or picture that is representing someone or something important to you that is not a big deal but when you are putting many tattoos all around your body you are not protecting your expression. I am leaning towards the South Carolina because they are right injecting ink into your skin is not protecting your expression because it can be so big and everybody is going to see it and it's not protecting your expression if many people wherever you go can see the tattoo. Also Arizona is correct if it's a message or picture that is important and little then it's protecting it because not everybody can see it.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,Pa
Derek
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Yes, I believe that tattos or the act of tattooing is a protected form of expression because I believe feelings of thoughts can be expressed thru tattoos.I feel it is a small part.yes I feel they made the right decision.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Mahogany
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that tattoos are an act of expression, because its people expresses themselves on their own body. Expressing yourself is a big part of getting a tattoo, some people get tattoos for loved ones who passed, or a symbol that means something to them. I believe that the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision because I think getting a tattoo is a freedom of speech .

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Brian
Mr.Hana/ stroudsburg JHS
Yea it is because like they denied to take it to court when they wanted to and there was certain rights in the constitution. It is small Part of action and they did not make the right decision cause they had a good reason and they still turned it down

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Dj
Mr.Hanna Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that they should let people get a tattoo of ay thing they want because 1 people have been doing this for years now without having a lot of bad things happening not bad enough to make it to the news so I believe Americans should keep doing what their doing and get whatever they want on their own body and also it's YOUR body the government ment doesn't own your body you can do anything you want to yourself it's your choice

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Daniella
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that people should be able to get or have tattoos if they wanted to. It's about freedom and being able to do what you want.Its only a small part of the action I side with the Arizona Supreme Court

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Laif
Mr.Hana\stroudsburg
Tattooing is indeed a form of expretion. It could show your religion, your family, friends, groups that you belong in and so much more. Tattooing wouldn't be as popular if expretion had nothing to do with it. You write on yourself to exprese your love for people or things, and sometime sadness, hatred, and happeness. Arizona made the right decision but that shouldn't of been there decision in the first place. It is entirely the shop owners decision to have a tattoo parlor.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Laif
Mr.Hana\stroudsburg
Tattooing is indeed a form of expretion. It could show your religion, your family, friends, groups that you belong in and so much more. Tattooing wouldn't be as popular if expretion had nothing to do with it. You write on yourself to exprese your love for people or things, and sometime sadness, hatred, and happeness. Arizona made the right decision but that shouldn't of been there decision in the first place. It is entirely the shop owners decision to have a tattoo parlor.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Wayne
Mr.Hanna/stroudsburg JHS
Tattoos or the act of tattooing is not protecting form of expression. I feel that tattoos are just a style for people not expression. Tattoos are bad in many ways, some people get inappropriate things inked on there body which is permanent and basically hurting your skin. Tattoos can also show a business your appearance if u try to get a job, they can think bad of u. I think tattoos are not bad I just feel that it depends on what u tattoo u get on your body.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Sabrina
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that tattoos are a form of protected speech and expression. Tattoos show a wide range of expression in anyone. You wouldn't just get a permanent mark on your skin of just anything! In a way, the Supreme court system has the right to deny land, but never tattoos itself. If its YOUR body you should be allowed to put anything you want on it! So yes, I truly believe tattoos are a form of protected speech and should not be out ruled.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg/ Pennsylvania
Madison
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Tattoos are a form of protected speech. Any one has the right to ink their own body in a safe way because it is their body and they can do what they want with it. Tattoos don't make a person any different than they would be if they didn't have tattoos. They walk the same, talk the same, have the same personality and they look the same. They just have some ink on their skin for their own liking. Tattooing is a small party of the central component.I side with the Arizona Supreme Court.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Umu
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Tattoos are the act of a protected form of expression. By nature, expression is a merely small part of action. The Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision by saying it's a form of free speech.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Dallas
Mr. Hannah/Stroudsburg JHS
Tattoos may not be protected but they are a form of expressions. A lot of people us them to express themselves. It is a small part of the action because it says that it is the first amendment. I think that Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision because they said it's a form of expression and I agree with that.

3/9/2016
Phoenix, AZ
Michael Quinn
Mr. Quinn / Cornerstone Charter School
We did some further research in the case because we realized that city zoning ordinances were probably at work in the case. The reason the denial was issued by the City of Mesa town council was because of 'activist' neighbors who put pressure on them to turn down the permit to open the business due to the plaintiff's Neo-Nazi and criminal background... So my students continue to discover that, as always, court cases are very complicated.

3/7/2016
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Christiana
Mrs. Biller/PHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court ruling, the 1st amendment protects some forms of expression such as symbols and actions. Getting a tattoo is an action, and the actual tattoo is a symbol of what you believe.

3/7/2016
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Max Hassel
Biller/Plymouth High School
Yes, every opinion and choice you make will end up expressing who you are and if they choose to inject in into the dermis of their skin, if speaks out about them. These types of choices are protected by the 1st amendment, freedom of speech.

3/7/2016
Plymouth, WI
Brodie Kroon
Biller/PHS
Tattooing is a form of expression because it show what the person likes. So I think that South Carolina's Supreme Court made the right decision.

3/3/2016
Plymouth, WI
Matt
Plymouth High School
There is a limit to everything. I am a firm believer in this. And the same applies when talking about a tattoo. You see, people try to bend and push laws and rules, because it is how we are. I feel that if the tattoo is appropriate and has no relation to a gang or a dangerous group, it is perfectly acceptable. However, if it does show some sort of inappropriate picture, or is related to a gang or criminal group, it should be outlawed. I feel, overall, if it is not violating anyone's rights (putting them in danger), people should be able to put on as many tattoos as they would like. But if it is hurting someone or something, it should NOT be protected.

3/3/2016
plymouth/wi
Anthoy
mrs biller/Phs
I think it should be allowed because all they are doing is expressing their speech or religion in art form. Also its not hurting anybody else, unless the tattoo represent some kind of gang then I wont agree. So it really depends how people take the tattoo seriously.

3/3/2016
Murrieta
Marco
Mr Jabro Creekside highschool
i feel like as long as the tattoo means something to the person who got it thats all that should matter people are tatted head to toe but the tattoos mean something to them and some people think tattoos are a sign of evil which i think is wrong some tattoos have alot of meaning to them

3/3/2016
California murrieta
cameron
mr.jabro murrieta creekside high school
I think tattoos are a very expressive type of thing, some people get a tattoo that actually means something to them, it can be anything as long as that person loves it and it has meaning to it that speaks its self, a picture can show alot about a person,it may be hard to actually figure out the message but it ends up making sense to those who understand what the message in the ink is.

3/3/2016
plymouth/wi
Anthoy
mrs biller/Phs
I think it should be allowed because all they are doing is expressing their speech or religion in art form. Also its not hurting anybody else, unless the tattoo represent some kind of gang then I wont agree. So it really depends how people take the tattoo seriously.

3/3/2016
CA
isaac
jabro creekside
any type of tattoo should be able to be chosen by the person. although someone applying for a job should understand that the tattoos should be covered or a certain length to show the business can be professional. no one should be able to get in trouble for what the tattoo says or shows

3/3/2016
plymouth/wi
Anthoy
mrs biller/Phs
I think it should be allowed because all they are doing is expressing their speech or religion in art form. Also its not hurting anybody else, unless the tattoo represent some kind of gang then I wont agree. So it really depends how people take the tattoo seriously.

3/3/2016
Plymouth Wi
Adam
Riverview
The tattoo parlor should be permitted because it is a freedom of speech. If it's distracting to have one oh well because then you'd have to start limiting other options such as dress codes becoming more strict. These could also be decorative to mean something else instead of what you think they could mean.

3/3/2016
Plymouth Wisconsin
Stefan A.
Mrs. Biller/ Plymouth High School
Tattoos, along with hairstyles, clothes, and other bodily markings are a form of expression. Yes, I believe that they should be protected under the 1st ammendment, since they are basically a visual form of what a person says. However, allowing a shop to open that gives tattoos is another issue. This has more to do with influence and zoning. Its like in the suburb of Pheonix, Scottsdale, where buildings cannot have flashy signs. The city is not trying to limit your rights, simply keep the city clean. I believe it is within the full rights of the city to decide whether or not a certain establishment is built.

3/3/2016
Plymouth/WI
Will Birkholz
Biller/PHS
I think having tattoos are a form of protected speech because they are purely for expression, you can do what you what with your body.

3/3/2016
Plymouth/Wisconsin
Lily Jirikowic
Biller/PHS
If you do end up getting one or more tattoos, they become part of your body. It is a form of expression that shouldn't be taken away from anyone. Tattoos are art and is you take that away from people, its inhuman and should be protected. I think it would be offensive if you tell someone that they shouldn't have tattoos. It would be like telling someone they should change their hair.

3/3/2016
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Christiana
Mrs. Biller/PHS
I agree with the Arizona Supreme Court ruling, the 1st amendment protects some forms of expression such as symbols and actions. Getting a tattoo is an action, and the actual tattoo is a symbol of what you believe.

3/3/2016
Plymouth, WI
Hannah
Mrs. Biller/ PHS
I think that tattoos should be protected because they are a form of expression. People typically get a tattoo that has meaning to them. It's their own body and they have the right to do what they want to it.

3/3/2016
Plymouth, WI
Josh H.
Mrs. Biller
Tattoos allow people to express themselves by making a statement with their tattoos. Whatever tattoo that they are getting lets others know what that person is trying to say.

3/3/2016
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Maggie S.
Mrs. Biller/ Plymouth High School
Tattoos are a form of free speech. Tattoos are just ways that people express themselves. People have the right to do what they want with their bodies and most tattoos that people get have meaning. Whether it is for decoration or for something they believe in, the people have the right to get a tattoo in a form of expression.

3/3/2016
Plymouth, WI
Hannah
Mrs. Biller/ PHS
I think that tattoos should be protected because they are a form of expression. People typically get a tattoo that has meaning to them. It's their own body and they have the right to do what they want to it.

3/3/2016
Plymouth, WI
Gabby Arnold
Biller
I believe that the act of tattooing should be protected by the first amendment. As stated in the article, tattoos can have words or symbols that express you and your feelings. This is your body and you deserve to do with it as you please.

3/3/2016
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Dawson Smith
Mrs Biller Plymouth high school
Tattoos are a way of expressing and it is protected speech because the tattoos pose no danger. You get to pick the tattoo and where you want it. it should be protected because there is no real threat or danger.

3/3/2016
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Joe
Mrs. Biller/ Plymouth High School
I think that having tattoos is a protected form of expression. Expression is a central component of tattooing because people get tattoos to show others what they believe is right for any topic such as religion and politics. I sided with the Arizona Supreme Court because everybody has the right to express themselves as long as it doesn't violate to rights of others. As long as it isn't something like a KKK symbol and swastika that presents a clear threat then it should be fine.

3/3/2016
plymouth/wi
Anthoy
mrs biller/Phs
I think it should be allowed because all they are doing is expressing their speech or religion in art form. Also its not hurting anybody else, unless the tattoo represent some kind of gang then I wont agree. So it really depends how people take the tattoo seriously.

3/3/2016
Plymouth Wi
Adam
Riverview
The tattoo parlor should be permitted because it is a freedom of speech. If it's distracting to have one oh well because then you'd have to start limiting other options such as dress codes becoming more strict. These could also be decorative to mean something else instead of what you think they could mean.

3/3/2016
wisconsin
Paige Ashworth
Mrs. Biller PHS
Yes the act of tattooing is protected because its an individual making a decision to modify their own body its not like people are making people go get tattoos they are doing it on their free will. I think for most it is just a form of expression but if it was more than that to someone they would just get tattooed illegally anyway. Yes Arizona made the right decision people should be allowed to express themselves in any way they want with tattoos. If you are allowed to say something that offends people why shouldn't you be allowed to put it on your body.

3/3/2016
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Dawson Smith
Mrs Biller Plymouth high school
Tattoos are a way of expressing and it is protected speech because the tattoos pose no danger. You get to pick the tattoo and where you want it. it should be protected because there is no real threat or danger.

3/3/2016
Plymouth , Wisconsin
Anna
Mrs. Biller/ Plymouth High School
Tattoos are a form of expression that should protected by the First Amendment as long as they don't violate another person's rights. Tattoos don't hurt anyone else. I side with the Arizona Supreme Court because these people where just helping others express themselves in a way that wasn't harmful to others.

3/3/2016
Plymouth Wi
Adam
Riverview
The tattoo parlor should be permitted because it is a freedom of speech. If it's distracting to have one oh well because then you'd have to start limiting other options such as dress codes becoming more strict. These could also be decorative to mean something else instead of what you think they could mean.

3/3/2016
plymouth/wi
Anthoy
mrs biller/Phs
I think it should be allowed because all they are doing is expressing their speech or religion in art form. Also its not hurting anybody else, unless the tattoo represent some kind of gang then I wont agree. So it really depends how people take the tattoo seriously.

3/3/2016
Plymouth Wi
Adam
Riverview
The tattoo parlor should be permitted because it is a freedom of speech. If it's distracting to have one oh well because then you'd have to start limiting other options such as dress codes becoming more strict. These could also be decorative to mean something else instead of what you think they could mean.

3/3/2016
Plymouth, WI
Parker Z.
Mrs. Biller / Plymouth High School
Yes, tattoos are protected speech. You choose the "words" they say. People could interpret them incorrectly, but the person with the tattoo shouldn't be criticized. Their body, their choice. It could be for a loved one, lost friend, military, or personal reasons. Tattoos are protected speech.

3/3/2016
Plymouth, WI
Brady
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
Tattoos are a form of protected speech because they could be used for religious, political, or social purposes. Also, it is your body, and you have the right to put tattoos on it, and the Bill of Rights states, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech…”

3/3/2016
Plymouth, WI
Charlotte
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
People are allowed to express themselves however they want; it says so in the First Amendment. Whether it is dying their hair purple or covering their bodies with outrageous tattoos, it is considered protected speech. Although it may be distracting in a learning environment, schools have to allow it.

3/3/2016
Plymouth. WI
Keeley
Mrs. Biller/Plymouth High School
Tattoos are a form of free speech and expression; therefore, they are protected by way of the First Amendment of the United States of America. Tattoos do not cause harm to any other person and are "purely expressive activity." People should be allowed to express themselves in any way they see fitting. ?

3/3/2016
Plymouth, WI
Amanda
Mrs. Biller / Plymouth High School
Tattoos are a form of protected speech. They are a way for people to express themselves. As long as you're not causing a clear and present danger to the situation that you're in, it is protected.

3/3/2016
plymouth, wisconsin
Jordain
Mrs.biller phs
I believe that they are acceptable because they are just expressing how they feel. They are just like any eat piercing except maybe more noticeable. They are just being themselves in school and schools should allow they to dress how they want as long as it does not reveal to much "skin". Also they could have a tattoo anywhere else like their arm and teachers would think that it was totally fine and normal, but when its their face it would be bad. Let the kids express themselves any way they want as long as it doesn't have a bad outcome.

3/2/2016
Sidney, MT
Kaitlyn T.
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Tattoos are a form of expression which makes it protected speech by way of the First Amendment. It is your body, you have the right to do with it what you want. When one gets a tattoo, you decide what you want the tattoo to be. Therefore, it is considered speech because it depicts what you want it to say. The First Amendment states: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech...". Tattoos are protected speech.

3/2/2016
Sidney/ MT
Chris
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I know that tattoos are a form of art. The way one can express everything and anything want to. It can show what the believe in and what the love. A persons body is a blank canvas to what he or she wants to create and show the world. I think that it should be supported under the 1st Amendment and there shouldn't have to be an arguement about it. This is what I think about the situation.

3/2/2016
Sidney/MT
Nick
Mr.Faulhaber
Yes, Tattoos are a way of expressing ones self. Most people that have tattoos will say it is and most people without tattoos will say no its not. I have a tattoo that i got because my dad passed away and its a way to express myself. Other people do the same thing, yes some tattoos may be offensive to other people but its something your going to have to get over being offended is something you have to live with in the U.S. because not everything someone does, says, wears, or shows off will be up to your expectations. We dont live in YOUR world or YOUR country its OUR country and everyone has the right to express themselves freely without being put down by the government or their own people.

3/2/2016
Sidney/ MT
Lucas
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Yes tattoos are a form of protected speech. Humans are free to tattoo whatever they wish upon themselves and are protected under the first amendment to do so.

2/11/2016
West Nyack/ NY
Sierra
Mr. Barsamian/ Clarkstown High School South
Tattoos are a way of expressing one self and everyone has the right to do so. Expressing one self is protected in the First Amendment free speech right in the U.S. Constitution. Receiving a tattoo is totally up to the individual who wants one. It is their own body and they as a Citizen of the United States and as a human being have every right to decided whether or not they get a tattoo. No one has the right to tell you what you can and can't do to you own body, it's entirely up to the person their self. I think that the Arizona court was right because I believe in freedom of expression. The city was wrong denying them the permit. The Arizona constitution even has a free-speech provision. No one can force you to get one either, therefore the city's argument doesn't even hold that much gravity. Tattoo are art on a unconventional/ unique canvas.

2/11/2016
New City/New York
Christopher
Mr. Barsamian Clarkstown High School South
Yes, I do think that tattoos are a form of expression and that the right to tattoo should be protected. I think expression is a big role in the act of tattooing. One usually gets a tattoo of something meaningful to them or something that they believe in. I think that the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision. Expression plays a big role in the first amendment and should be able to be carried out freely.

2/11/2016
New City/NY
Katie
Mr. B/Clarkstown South
I feel tattoos are a form of expression and it should be protected by the first amendment. I also think what people want to do and put on their bodies is their decision and should not be controlled by the government. I feel tattoos are definitely a form of free speech.

2/11/2016
New City/New York
Christopher
Mr. Barsamian Clarkstown High School South
Yes, I do think that tattoos are a form of expression and that the right to tattoo should be protected. I think expression is a big role in the act of tattooing. One usually gets a tattoo of something meaningful to them or something that they believe in. I think that the Arizona Supreme Court made the right decision. Expression plays a big role in the first amendment and should be able to be carried out freely.

2/11/2016
West Nyack/NY
Julianna
Mr. Barsamian/Clarkstown High School South
Tattoos are a type of freedom of expression. One should be able to express themselves it is merely the reason for tattoos and should be protected by the first amendment. I believe the Arizona court made the right decision because what people decide to put on to their bodies should be controlled by themselves not our government. Tattoo is art, no one should be given a limit on what they can do to express themselves.

2/11/2016
West Nyack/NY
Alec
Mr. Barsamian/ Clarkstown High School South
Tattoos are a form of expression and it should be protected. I totally agree with Arizona's decision to allow the couple to make the tattoo parlor because The 1st amendment is one of the most important right that we citizens have. Tattoos are a expression because some people who have served in our military have gotten something like a tattoo to show their dedication and appreciation for the branch and the platoon that they have served in and with. So that is why I believe it should be protected under the 1st amendment.

2/11/2016
New City/NY
David Varughese
Mr. B/South
I believe that people have the right to have tattoos because it is a protected form of expression. The First Amendment states that "Congress shall make no law...abridging of speech..."So anything that goes against the First Amendment is wrong. I believe the Supreme Courts decision was correct.

2/11/2016
New City
Daniel
Mr B/ South
Any human has the right do with his own body as he or she pleases. However a town can make zoning laws outlawing pubs. If they are allowed to ban pubs then by the same logic they should be allowed to ban tattoo businesses from setting up in their town. Any U.S citizen can simply go to the next town over and get a tattoo. It does not stop you from getting a tattoo therefore your first amendment right is not infringed upon.

2/11/2016
New City/NY
David Varughese
Mr. B/I beliSouth
I believe that people have the right to have tattoos because it is a protected form of expression. The First Amendment states that "Congress shall make no law...abridging of speech..."So anything that goes against the First Amendment is wrong. I believe the Supreme Courts decision was correct.

2/11/2016
New City/NY
David Varughese
Mr. B/South
I believe that people have the right to have tattoos because it is a protected form of expression. The First Amendment states that "Congress shall make no law...abridging of speech..."So anything that goes against the First Amendment is wrong. I believe the Supreme Courts decision was correct

2/11/2016
West Nyack/NY
Carly
Mr. Barsamian/Clarkstown South High School
I think tattoos are a form of protected speech and it shouldn't matter what someone chooses to put on their body. Whether it's a tattoo, shirt, hair color or style its a way of expressing who you are and no one should be taking that away. People are always going to talk and have something to say about anything and everything and it shouldn't stop people from expressing who they are. I agree with the court rule because if it's said aloud or inked onto someone's body, it is still free speech and no one has the right to tell someone what they can or can't do with their bodies or how they choose to present themselves.

2/11/2016
West Nyack/NY
Christine
Mr. B/Clarkstown South
Tattoos and tattooing should be protected under the freedom of expression. Tattooing is a form of expression in which a person is allowed to express themselves on his/her own personal body, and the government should not tend to control what people do to their bodies. I believe the Arizona Supreme Court clearly made the right decision, the court seems to understand the meanings and concept of the first amendment.

2/11/2016
New City
Daniel
Mr B/ South
Any human has the right do with his own body as he or she pleases. However a town can make zoning laws outlawing pubs. If they are allowed to ban pubs then by the same logic they should be allowed to ban tattoo businesses from setting up in their town. Any U.S citizen can simply go to the next town over and get a tattoo. It does not stop you from getting a tattoo therefore your first amendment right is not infringed upon.

2/11/2016
West Nyack, NY
Kathryn
Mr. B
The government of one town cannot speak for the values of every citizen, and unless the tattoo parlor was going to be in a very child-oriented part of town, there is no reason for the city to say it was "not appropriate for the location or in the best interest of the neighborhood". It is free speech, but deciding the placement and the construction of the parlor is unfit without consulting the citizens who would be effected by it is an abuse of power and a reflection of personal values held by city officials.

2/11/2016
West Nyack, New York
Jaime
Mr. Barsamian
Tattoos are a form of art and free speech. People should be allowed to express themselves the way they want to. I could see why it could be a little strange to have a tattoo parlor in a business district, however tattooing is a business too and should be allowed. People now are too sensitive and care too much about little insignificant things like a tattoo.

2/11/2016
West Nyack,NY
Caitlin
Mr. B
Tattoos are a way to express yourself and should be protected by the First Amendment. Tattoo parlors should not be seen as negative because it is a way a person can express themselves without it being a distraction to other people. It should not be shut down or not be allowed in a certain area because it is "not appropriate for the location." If a person can pay to open a shop they should be allowed to open it no matter what area because it should be protected fully by the First Amendment.

2/11/2016
West Nyack, NY
Eve
Mr. Barsamian
I feel that getting a tattoo is a form of free speech and expression, however, setting up a tattoo parlor is not. If someone wants to open up a tattoo parlor, like the Colemans, it should be in a place that would not disturb the best interests of the neighborhood. If it's in an area with schools or businesses, then there shouldn't be a tattoo parlor. I believe that all people should be allowed to get tattoos, but they can't be done just anywhere.

2/11/2016
West Nyack/NY
Sophie
Mr. Barsamian/Clarkstown High School South
Tattoos are a form of expression and one should be able to have that protected. I think the Arizona court made the right decision because I believe in the freedom of expression. People will always be offended by something honestly, and that is something that will never change. What others choose do with their body should not be up to the government or the people surrounding them. Whether it's choosing what tattoo to get or anything else revolving around one's body should be up to them.

2/11/2016
New York
Natalie
Mr.B
Tattoos are used to express an individual and should be seen as a form of freedom of speech. The Arizona court in my opinion was wrong and violated the first amendment. Tattoos are a protected form of speech and shouldn't be seen as something drastic or deemed "inappropriate." They are a common thing and wanting to place a tattoo parlor somewhere shouldn't be an issue.

2/11/2016
West Nyack/ NY
Sarah Brennan
Mr. Barsamian/ Clarkstown High School South
Tattoos are a form of free speech. First of all, the constitution says so and only certain amendments can be banned but that's only in time of war or terror. The United States isn't going through a time of war at the moment. Tattoos are a way people can express something that means a lot to them. Although sometimes people do stupid things and get tattoos that don't mean anything to them but they're still allowed to do that.

2/11/2016
West Nyack/ NY
Nicole
Mr. Barsamian/ Clarkstown High School South
Tattoos are a form of expression and expressing yourself is what makes up the first amendment. I believe that the city had no right to tell them that they could not open up their shop as long as they followed all regulations that all other businesses follow. Tattoos are common and are a form of speech therefore opening a tattoo parlor in an available area should not be denied and neither should what you choose to put on your own body.

2/11/2016
West Nyack
Greg and Matt
Mr.B
I believe that Arizona is right in this situation. Tattoos express a persons opinions feeling and beliefs openly enough to put it on their body for the rest of their lives. No one should be able to tell them they need to cover it up or stop a local establishment for coming into an area.;

2/11/2016
West Nyack/NY
Sophie
Mr. Barsamian/Clarkstown High School South
Tattoos are a form of expression and one should be able to have that protected. I think the Arizona court made the right decision because I believe in the freedom of expression. People will always be offended by something honestly, and that is something that will never change. What others choose do with their body should not be up to the government or the people surrounding them. Whether it's choosing what tattoo to get or anything else revolving around one's body should be up to them.

2/8/2016
Murrieta
Killian