Being in the tattoo removal business we’re certainly aware of the number of tattoos out there, and we often find ourselves always wanting to learn more about the tattoo psyche and the tattoo culture as well as the social commentary that often goes with it.
So we were intrigued when a recent Harris Poll survey not only confirmed that there are indeed more people with tattoos but that there are still several negative stigmas associated with sporting ink.
One in five adults have at least one tattoo these days ? up from the 14% who reported having a tattoo in a 2008 poll.
Another interesting fact from the poll was that more adults aged 30-39 have a tattoo with 38% claiming their ink, compared to both those younger (30% between 25-29 and 22% between 18-24) and older (27% of 40-49 year olds, 11% of 50-64 year olds and just 5% of those 65 and older).
And of course, they hooked us with stats on the feelings associated with ink and the social stigma that come along with them. Amongst the tattoo-less, two in five say that people sporting tattoos are less attractive and nearly half claimed that they found tattooed individuals less sexy. Furthermore, 27% said they felt that people with tattoos are less intelligent, and 25% thought that those with tattoos are less healthy.
The main take away? Yes tattoos are becoming more popular, but there are still some bad associations that go along with sporting ink. Maybe as the number of people sporting tattoos grows, the negative associations with tattoos will go away. Or maybe the gap between the inked and the non-inked will grow wider.
What do you think? In 50 years will tattoos be a wholly accepted accessory? Sound off and let us know what you think in the comments below!