My birthday just passed and my best friend who has never led me down a stray path just told me that a tattoo is THE way through your mid-life crisis. And, on the same day, ABC News just had a story about a pin-up calendar of the tattoos of Texas librarians…. Now, nothing says rebellion like the woman who shelves my daughter’s schoolbooks with a fire-breathing dragon on her bicep. So, I begin this post today, despite the data being nearly 6 years old.
Back in 2003, 16% of Americans said they had at least one tattoo – though about double this figure for LGBT adults and Gen X/early baby boomers.
And, among those who had a tattoo back in the early aughts, 83% of tattoo-ed Americans had absolutely no regrets about getting their body inked. But among those who did, having a person’s name permanently etched on their body was the #1 source of remorse. Angelina, remember the love of your life, Billy Bob?… Where is he (and his body autograph) anyway?
For those of us without tattoos, seeing the pictures on someone else’s body makes us think those who have tattoos are:
- more rebellious (57%);
- less attractive (42%);
- less sexy (36%); and
- less intelligent (31%).
Do you have a tattoo? Do you wish you did(n’t)?