Study: Women More Likely To Remove Tattoos Than Men Due To Social Stigma

Study: Women More Likely To Remove Tattoos Than Men Due To Social StigmaThe U.S. researchers found that women are more likely than men to remove their tattoos. Myrna L. Armstrong of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas and team of researchers conducted a research visiting tattoo removal clinics in Colorado, Massachusetts, Arizona and Texas.

The researchers found that 25 % of Americans between the ages of 18 to 30 years had at least one tattoo and they felt the number was likely to increase. They found that two thirds of the people in the clinic for tattoo removal were women and the reason for removal was due to the negative comments the tattoo drew or embarrassment, though the women stated that they were happy with their tattoo initially and with time changed their mind.

The findings were published in the Archives of Dermatology, and they listed the main reasons for seeking tattoo removal.  58 % of the people just decided to remove the tattoos; 57 percent suffered embarrassment; 38 percent reported a lowered body image; 38  because of a new job; 37 percent due to problems with clothes; 25 percent felt they experienced stigma;  while 21 percent did it to mark an occasion, such as a birthday, marriage or just to feel independent.

In 2006, 44 percent of participants interviewed reported they got a tattoo in order to feel unique, 33 percent to feel independent and 28 percent wanted to make life experiences stand out. Today, the reason women are more likely than men to remove tattoos, is due to the social stigma and negative comments, U.S. researchers said.