A new studysuggeststhat women with tattoos actually have higher self-esteem than those without.
Conducted by researchers at Texas Tech University, the study set out to uncover the correlation between tattoos and sense of self and wellbeing.
The research was led by Dr. Jerome Koch and measured the number of tattoos in comparison to levels of self-esteem, as well as depression and suicidal thoughts or attempts.
Of 2,395 participants gathered from six public American universities, 67% were white; 59% were female; 82% were between the ages of 18 and 20.
The research discovered (of the sample size) females with four or more tattoos reported a “substantively and significantly higher level of self-esteem” than their female peers with no or fewer than four tattoos.
Continuing their findings, the researchers had rather dark results to report, as the same group of women who reported higher levels of self-esteem were also four times more likely to have had previous suicide attempts.
Researchers speculate the women, mostly freshman and sophomore college students, may be attempting to reclaim and express their sense of self through the choice to tattoo their bodies.
Not to be misled, the study does not indicate a correlation between people who get tattoos and subsequently attempt suicide, made apparent by the increasing prevalence of tattoos in modern-day culture.
I’m willing to bet that the overwhelming majority of women with tattoos today have been asked by a concerned parent, friend or nosey acquaintance: “. . . but what will that look like when you’re 75?” In case there was still any doubt, the answer to that inevitable question is: awesome.
Need proof? Here are 11 fabulous inked women, mostly old enough to be your granny. From stunning tribal tattoos to old school navy tats; modern sleeves to a cheekily autographed bosom, these women prove that age has no bearing when it comes to the beauty of body art.
Have you ever wondered what an inked-up Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe might look like? HOT
Some of us love tattoos and some of us hate them, but Seattle-based artist Cheyenne Randall has come up with an interesting way of making them more popular – by Photoshopping them onto the skins of famous people throughout history.
Its not just the girls, but also look at these hot heartthrobs who have been inked-up. Totally smitten with James Dean.
Randall’s images features these and other greats baring all and showing off their digitally altered tattoos. While the tattoos might look overdone or strangely out of place on some, many of these characters look like they definitely could’ve (and should’ve) rocked some ink.
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