It's hard to tell precisely when the phenomenon began, but some time over the last few years, society became obsessed with the selfie. The word, which refers to a self-portrait photograph that someone takes with their own phone or digital camera, was originally popular among millennials, but gained increasing notoriety across the generations. In fact, the term has been added to the Oxford dictionary. Very often, individuals will share their selfies on social media sites like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Meanwhile, many brands have been integrating the selfie into their marketing schemes to get consumers engaged. There's even a song called "#Selfie" by The Chainsmokers, which unsurprisingly, was a big hit from the moment it dropped earlier this year.
At the same time, another trend has been gaining traction in recent years: tattoos. More and more people are going under the needle to make a statement or express themselves in some way. Both selfies and tatts are linked to an individual's self-esteem and their image, so it makes sense that the two might be connected. Many people opt to post selfies on social media networks after getting inked, as it's a way to show off new body art and get peers' opinions. However, these two trends seem to be merging in a new way. KiSS 92.5 in Toronto posted an image of a person who appeared to get their own selfie emblazoned on her skin.
Immediately, the Web was ablaze with critical comments about the narcissistic ink. The Huffington Post UK noted that the selfie is a digital craze that's likely to die out eventually, meaning there's a good chance the girl will second guess her decision down the road. However, it seems that the etching is already causing some tattoo regret. According to the news source, it's actually the female's boyfriend who opted to get the image inked on his skin. Unfortunately for him, the two have reportedly split. So it goes without saying that there's a good chance he'll be weighing his tattoo removal options in the near future.
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* Source: Harris Interactive, 2013