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 per cent of women have tattoos compared to 41 per cent 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 per cent of those people who had tattoos said they did not care if people disproved of their body ink and 46 per cent said they'd proudly show their tattoo to their bosses at work.