Oh good! I thought it was Maori culture!
But I dunno… I mean, getting a tat is still a sort of rite of passage for young people in some countercultures here in the west, yeah? I mean, it might not carry the same import, but it’s still a moment of showing ownership over your body as an adult, and showing connection to a particular subculture - often times… sometimes it’s just a frat boy/sorority girl drunken outing, but sometimes, it’s showing allegiance to a more underground subculture. Sure, it’s not the same as the Maori thing, but it’s still a means of making a cultural connection to other people, I’d argue.