Gen Z Tattoo - Generation Signature or Nazi Symbol?

Gen Z Tattoo Trend: Generation Signature or Nazi Symbol?


Gen Z Tattoo - Generation Signature or Nazi Symbol?

A movement started on the social media platform has gone horribly wrong, after teens got tattooed with a generation symbol – Gen Z tattoo, thinking it was just a fun design.

This comes from a popular TikTok trend that has encouraged members of Gen Z to get matching tattoos of a symbol associated with Nazism.

Gen Z years? 

Generation Z (or Gen Z for short), colloquially known as zoomers, is the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alpha. 

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The breakdown by age looks like this:

  • Baby Boomers: Baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. They’re currently between 57-75 years old 
  • Gen X: Gen X was born between 1965 and 1979/80 and is currently between 41-56 years old 
  • Gen Y: Gen Y, or Millennials, were born between 1981 and 1994/6. They are currently between 25 and 40 years old
  • Gen Z: Gen Z is the newest generation, born between 1997 and around 2012/2015. They are currently between 6 and 24 years old

Where does Gen Z tattoo come from?

The symbol, a capital Z with a line through the middle, was proposed by the Tiktok user who started the trend, @smoothavacado, as a representation of “unity” and “a sign of rebellion” for Gen Z.

@kcmbrly#duet with @smoothavacado yea maybe don’t 😍😍🙌 let find a different symbol, okay? 🥰🥰♬ original sound – Jordyy

She posted a picture of a Gen Z tattoo that she wanted it to look like – not knowing that it had a horrible historic meaning.

Other users were quick to point out the likeness between a “Z” with a line through it and the Wolfsangel symbol – which is often associated with the Nazi party and other white supremacist groups.

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This June 11, 1951, photo shows members of the Hitler Youth carrying a Wolfsangel flag in Bonn, Germany.

It’s unclear how many people actually got the tattoo but a number of images and videos appeared on the video-sharing platform showing the “Gen Z tattoo”, with some users boasting about joining the trend.

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Additionally, the original video that kicked off the trend has now been deleted by its creator: @smoothavacado also made an apology video, in which she explains that she wasn’t aware of the symbol’s white supremacist origins.




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