It used to be so in the West also. Even when I was growing up, tattoos were associated with criminals, bikies and sailors. I know I will come off as very much against the grain of Western culture here, but I still find them ugly and distasteful, and the move to acceptance of them is part of the greater cultural malaise in the West regarding the glorification of low/street/gangster culture. Yet I also recognise similar themes that I have accepted and adopted.
I think it also speaks volumes about Taiwanese culture that of all the cultural hurdles people could overcome, and of all the things they could "accept" from the West, it would be this rather than the many positive things they could have adopted.
And you coming in to scold us all like some kind of sour-puss kindie assistant who favors olive cardigans and lemon drinks without sugar. -- Muzha Man
One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words "Socialism" and "Communism" draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, "Nature Cure" quack, pacifist, and feminist in England. -- George Orwell