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Are Tattoos Attractive On Men And Woman?

Updated on October 1, 2011

Are Tattoos Attractive?

Are Tattoos Attractive?

The tattoo industry worldwide is a hot business, with millions of people having these popular – and permanent – inked designs. In the United States alone, an estimated 16% of the population has one or more tattoos – which equals 48 million people. There are over 20,000 tattoo parlors in the United States as well, which is a testament to how popular tattoos are. But often people who are contemplating getting a tattoo ask themselves one question: Are tattoos attractive?

Obviously, people who have tattoos think they’re attractive. But decoration and attractiveness are not the only reasons why people get tattoos. They also get tattoos to commemorate an important life event, symbolize a meaningful experience or memory, demonstrate love, support, or pride in a person or thing, and participate in religious ceremonies or activities. Therefore, there are many reasons why people get tattoos. Still, the most common thing people wonder about tattoos is whether or not they are attractive. What does the public think?

Are Tattoos Attractive: Public Opinion

It is not hard to believe that tattoos are popular. Many people have them and the tattoo business is thriving worldwide. But what do people who do not have tattoos think of those with them? According to a poll conducted in 2003, people with tattoos and people without tattoos view those with tattoos differently. Approximately 34% of people who have tattoos think tattoos make them feel sexier, with females thinking this more than males. An additional 26% of people with tattoos said having tattoos makes them feel more attractive in general. This means that 60% of people with tattoos view themselves as more attractive because of their body art.

But what about people without tattoos? What do they think? Approximately 42% of Americans think that people with tattoos are less attractive for having them, with 36% feeling that tattoos make people less sexy. Therefore, 78% of people without tattoos think tattoos make people unattractive. In other words, around 65% of adults in the United States have a negative opinion of tattoos. But, among those who have one, tattoos are very popular and attractive.

Are Tattoos Attractive on Women?

Often women who are thinking about getting tattoos – or may have tattoos themselves – worry about how getting a tattoo will make them feel. Women are far more self-conscious of how tattoos look on their bodies than men, because a lot of them think men are critical of people who have body art. Of course, this has changed a lot over the years. Now, tattoos on women are more culturally acceptable than they were a few decades ago. More men think tattoos are attractive on women than ever before.

Are Tattoos Attractive on Men?

Do women find tattoos on men attractive? It really depends on a few factors, including whether or not the woman has a tattoo herself. Those who have tattoos themselves tend to favor men with tattoos, because it gives them something in common. In fact, if you see a couple with one member sporting a tattoo, chances are the other one has one as well. Attractiveness also depends on the type of tattoo. Most women do not think large tattoo designs covering a lot of skin are attractive (although some do). Those with one or two relatively small tattoos probably will not affect how women view them as much as someone with full body art.

In the end, I think you should focus on whether or not you think tattoos are attractive. If you are getting one for you, I recommend getting it placed in a location where you can see it, so that you can enjoy it. That way, as long as you think it is attractive, you are set.




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    • Florida Guy profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi :-)

      Glad to see you here and that you liked the article.

      I think that if the tattoo has an emotional value for you it is great. In that case the tattoos are certainly attractive

    • christalluna1124 profile image


      8 years ago from Dallas Texas

      I have 5 tattos but since I was employed in the corrections and court system they are very strategically place. I can wear a dress or short sleeve shirt and they will not show. I guess its not that I think they are so attractive as much as the emotional value I place on each one.

      Warmest regards,



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