The article “The code of streets” written by Anderson convinces that the financial differences have formed a line between the poor and rich societies. These differences then lead to the contrast in culture as well while the article written by Veliquette, Anne and Murray depict the reality of a new subculture occurring in the society.


In Anderson’s article, the terms “decent” and “street” are used for rich and poor respectively. These labels, used by the people themselves, create the ground for evaluating judgments that talk about status. This labeling is often caused by a social contest among families and the individuals. Decent inhabitants may take themselves to be decent but consider others as street, and vice versa. Some circumstantial behaviors also play a role. These behaviors lead to the exhibition of both street and decent orientations at different times.

In contrast, the article “The new tattoo subculture” gives an ethnographic explanation of signs, symbols, and images by fashion and its prevalence in the culture. In this article, the author explains the four themes or subjects regarding the new culture of the tattoo. These themes discuss the renaissance of the culture, extended self, risk, and addiction. The implications of tattooing are also the main things to note in the article.

Humans have an urge to alter their physical appearance to synchronize with their internal identities. Out of many reasons, the one which is noteworthy is the expression of oneself in an image. People who wanted themselves to be tattooed requested for images which depicted their inner self. How the tattoo subculture divides the standard society is also explained in the article.

The subculture signifies a way of life of a group of people and is characterized by interaction, continuity, an outsider and insider definitions of distinctiveness. This new subculture is adopted by both upper and lower class families or talking concerning the code of streets, both decent and street families. Individuals are attracted towards this culture for the expression of distinction as well as integration. In this context, distinct domains are indicated by the tattoo culture to which its followers belong as it depicts unity and is a source of connection with other domains. No matter what the class is, regardless of background, tattoo served as a common bond.


Hence, this new subculture does not draw a line between the rich and poor as stated in “The code of streets”. In fact, it has been symbolized as means of unity, and bond. An individual or a group of people follow this trend or culture for representation of oneself or their whole community.