‘Gen Z tattoo’ trend looks like Nazi symbol
Jordan Williams, 18, recently posted a video on TikTok encouraging fellow Gen Zers to get matching tattoos as a sign of rebellion.
She stumbled across the symbol, a letter Z with a line through the center, in the comment section of another user’s video. She thought the image seemed simple enough and universal enough to be a good fit, so she issued a call to action to her 2,000 followers.
“OK Gen Z listen up!” Williams captioned a video of herself staring into the camera wearing a black hoodie. “What if, now hear me out…We all got a matching tattoo. As not only a symbol of unity in our generation but also as a sign of rebellion.”
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The 18-second clip lit up with positive responses, as a few teens and young adults went out and got the symbolic image permanently inked on their bodies, Williams told USA TODAY. At least three people got the tattoo, she said. Others went the DIY route creating makeshift tattoos at home.
Williams, a restaurant server in a small Missouri town, then went to work, covering a double shift. While she was offline writing down orders for pizza and mozzarella sticks, the social media response to that video took a turn for the worst.
The symbol, one person said,looked similar a Nazi swastika. Williams’ original video was memed dozens, maybe hundreds of times over. She received death threats and even a threatening phone call from people she didn’t know.
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Jordan Williams is known as Smoothavacado on TikTok. (Photo: Dalvin Brown)