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11:42 AM
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Tattoo timeline on the bar at King Ink tattoo studio/club

There are tons of articles on "tat stats" [I know it even pains me to type it] but the folks at College Crunch put together a list that I like, highlighting the demographics of collectors, and the milestones of tattooing's popularity. One of the more interesting finds for me was this:

People aged 18-24 were the second least likely to have a tattoo (2008): Just nine percent of them said they had at least one tattoo in 2008; down from 16 percent in 2003. Only the aged 65 and older group had a lower percentage. Could the decline indicate that tattoos are becoming less hip?...

I also learned that Miami is the most tattooed city in America, and only 16% of people polled regret getting tattooed. [I can use that last one to rebuff the constant "oh everyone ends up wishing they didn't do it" line.] College Crunch not only offers the list but links to the studies behind the statistics. Check it.
03:15 PM
A bunch of you have been sending me the link to this article on MSNBC today:
"In tattoo business, profits are hardly skin deep."

All I kept thinking when I read it was This is going to piss a lot of artists off who don't want the IRS looking into their books.

Aside from the most annoying of opening lines to any tattoo article [yes, yes, we know tattoos don't belong to sailors and convicts anymore!] and the word "tats" [shoot me now], these little tidbits are not going to make studio owners and tattooists happy who like to keep their business close to the vest:

"Several years ago Inc. estimated there were about 15,000 tattoo parlors in America, making somewhere north of $2.3 billion annually."

"Joe Miller, owner of Old Larimer Street Tattoo in Denver, says that he's currently taking home about $125,000 annually...He says his tattoo artist colleagues average about $50,000 a year, and a good number scrape by on less than half that."

And Scottie DeVille, owner of Th'ink Tank Tattoo in Denver, says "Since we've opened, our profits have increased about 10 percent per year. In 2008, the average hourly [rate per artist] was $120. Today the average is $150."

What do you think about artists and others in the community giving out these numbers to the press? Will the IRS crack down on tattooists? Do you think the government is already on to this? Does it matter?
01:41 PM
statSized.JPGWhile perusing Google's new Google Scholar, which searches the dark web and helps you find academic works and research papers, I found some very interesting tattoo related articles.

One article in particular caught my eye.

Tattoos and body piercings in the United States: A national data set, written by Anne E. Laumann, MBChB, MRCP (damn that's a lot of letters) and Amy J. Derick, MD. In the report they explain how the participants were chosen and statistics were computed. The report is only nine pages, but I went ahead and pulled out some of the more interesting numbers:

  • 24% of respondents have Tattoo's -- 22% Women, 26% Men
  • 14% of respondents have Body Piercings
  • 37% of respondents have had military experience
  • 58% of respondents have spent >= 3 days in jail

Here are some of their juicier conclusions:

  • At all levels of education, the prevalence of tattoos was significantly higher among those of lower education.
  • Of those with tattoos, 76% had been in jail for 3 days or more multiple tattoos.
  • Recreational drug use was significantly more common among the tattooed.
  •  Body piercing varies little by educational status. However, as with tattooing, body piercing occurs more among those who partake in risky activities such as heavy drinking, drug taking, and actions that lead to incarceration.

I've hung out at enough tattoo studios, so the conclusions did not surprise me, but this fact did:

"We found no difference in tattoo prevalence between ethnic groups with presumably all gradation of skin color, except that tattoos were twice as common among those with Hispanic ancestry than all other ethnic groups combined. Presumably permanently decorating the skin is a fashion or a cultural practice rather than appearance driven."

This could be a holdover of past cultural ties to earlier non western tattoo methods, which is an interesting sociological observation, but one for another day.

Interesting, the very first book in the References is one of my favorites, Margo DeMello's Bodies of Inscription -- a review of which will be my next post. Later, dawgs.
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