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Why do people get tattoos?

by Furqan Ashiq 14 days ago in trends

The majority of tattoos tend to have a motivation or a story behind it

Tattoos have been around for many years. The majority of tattoos tend to have a motivation or a story behind it, whether it was simply because you felt like it, or whether it was more deeply rooted. Whatever the reason, a tattoo is always a beautiful option to tell your story.

Nowadays, 35% of UK citizens aged 30-39 have a tattoo, and this number is increasing by the minute.

With an increase in the number of people getting tattoos, the question crops up more often…’Why do people get tattoos?’. In this blog, we will discuss the psychology behind some tattoos, but if you feel we’ve missed a reason out, please discuss it in the comments!

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Does having a tattoo make you susceptible to strong opinions?

In a current study, people's first impressions showed that people with tattoos and other body modifications were rated as more likely to be thrill and adventure seekers and to have a higher number of sexual partners than non-tattooed people.

It tends to be the older audience who aren’t as fond of tattoos. You aren’t born thinking that tattoos are scary or a statement, you’re more likely to be intrigued by them simply because they’re different, with no particular reason whatsoever. You’re consistently told in school and at work to cover up piercings and tattoos for no particular reason other than ‘You may offend someone’. Since most of the time the artwork isn’t offensive, it then begs the question ‘what is the person offended by?’. If it’s not the artwork then surely it is a preconceived idea that the person with the tattoo is offensive. What is the personality of a tattooed person like? Nobody knows. As the saying goes, you should never judge a book by its cover, you can’t read somebody's intentions behind their tattoos, nor can you read somebody's intentions behind completely clear skin.

Having a tattoo unfortunately does make you susceptible to peoples opinions and unfortunately being mindful of this is a part of the accepted norm. Yes, that’s right, people’s own opinion is why doctors can’t have tattoos on display.

Nonetheless, we’ve come a long way from thinking that tattoos are part of a psychiatric problem and we’re on the road to making them a part of social norms.

Why do people get tattoos?

Reasons for getting a tattoo varies, people may get them for self-expression, attention, artistic freedom, rebellion, spiritual or cultural traditions, addiction, identification with a group or person, or even being drunk and impulsive. Most of the time there’s a meaning behind a tattoo and it represents a significant moment in your life, like having children for instance.

As Larry Smith said, “Tattoo’s made my skin more ‘me’”.

Some research into people that have tattoos

  • There is research that suggests that adults with tattoos are more sexually active than controls without.
  • People with tattoos also may be more likely to engage in higher-risk behaviours.
  • Women are more likely to get their tattoos removed than men.
  • In a study, both men and women had higher body appreciation, higher self-esteem and lower anxiety right after getting tattoos. Three weeks later, men continued to have less anxiety, whereas women had a sharp increase in anxiety.

Psychological reasons why do people get tattoos

In the last 20 years specifically, technology has seen a huge increase, with people using social media and phone calls to interact. While this has happened, there has also been an increase in feelings of loneliness and communication problems in young people. This could have the effect of wanting to communicate with people and express yourself using art as a visual representation of who you are. If this is the case, we think it’s wonderful that people are adapting healthily to the problems associated with social media.

Overall why do people get tattoos is very varied and may be very specific, if you want to know, the only way to do it is to ask- of course in a non-offensive way.

Thank you for reading our blog ‘Why do people get tattoos?’. If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, head over to Tattoo Numbing Cream. They offer products that take away the pain of getting tattooed and aftercare products as well.


Furqan Ashiq

I am an SEO specialist and committed professional who has the ability to run remarkably successful digital marketing campaigns in the most competitive sectors, using a unique blend of technical and creative expertise.

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