Tattooed women outnumber men in a new poll

Mon Mar 5, 2012 4:56pm EST
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Think tattoos are mostly for tough-looking men and only a few women? Think again. The fair sex is getting inked more often these days, according to a poll set for release on Tuesday.

The TV network behind new show "Best Ink" and Lightspeed Research asked just over 1000 people across the United States about their perceptions of body art, and it turned out 59 percent of women have tattoos compared to 41 percent of men.

But women get their ink in different shapes and sizes than men, and the act of putting a piece of art on their skin is often a shared experience. The number of tattooed celebrities and TV shows have increased cultural acceptance and spurred more people to not only get them, but display them openly.

"It's become more acceptable for people to ... step into the tattoo world," said Joe Capobianco, a tattoo artist with almost 20 years of experience and the head judge on the Oxygen network's upcoming program, "Best Ink."

But Capobianco adds this advice: "If you're going to do it, do it, but be smart about it, make an educated decision."

The Lightspeed survey found that 89 percent of those people who had tattoos said they did not care if people disproved of their body ink and 46 percent said they'd proudly show their tattoo to their bosses at work.

The poll revealed that 40 percent of women made the tattoo experience a shared one, often getting inked with friends and loved ones, They also took the experience "a little more seriously" than their male counterparts.

"Women have a tendency sometimes of getting that little souvenir keepsake tattoo with deeper meaning, whereas men tend to go a little overboard and fill themselves up with larger pieces," said Capobianco.   Continued...

 
A woman displays her tattoo during an international tattoo exhibition in Budapest March 12,2011.  REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh