Women are more likely to remove their tattoos than men, finds the research, in other words tattoo removal is more common in women than in men, but why?
A team of researchers from Texas Tech University questioned tattoo removal clinics in Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Texas to understand who's removing tattoos and why. Researchers examined 196 patients visiting these clinics during 2006. Most of them decided to have tattoos at their ages from 16 to 23 and decided to remove them at their ages of 30.
About 44% of tattoo wearers said they wanted to feel unique, this is why they decided to have tattoos, 33% wanted to feel independent, 28% said it is a way for life experiences to 'stand out'. To the question on why they decided to remove tattoos 57% answered that it causes embarrassment, 38% said they feel that body image is lowered because of body art, 37% had problems while choosing clothing, 25% said that feel shame, 21% did it because of a special occasion, such as marriage.
Twenty five percent of Americans aged from 18 to 30 have at least one tattoo and about halt of tattoo wearers are women. The number of people with tattoos is expected to grow up to 40% of US population during the next few years. About 80% of tattoo wearers are happy with body art, but the rest of them are not. However, only 6% of them decide to remove their tattoos, and 69% of them are women. In 1996 a similar study showed that men are much more likely to remove their tattoos than women.
Researchers found that even lots of women have tattoos nowadays, these women still face major social problem, because most don't accept women with tattoos. For men it is natural to have a tattoo, because it's kind of a 'macho image', and society easily accepts men with tattoos. However, women often face embarrassment, negative comments, and they look for proper clothing to cover tattoos up.
Scientists, specializing in tattoo research, suggest that removing tattoos is not safe and even several sessions of laser removing can be useless. They suggest everyone to think seriously before making a tattoo decision, and if still the decision is not final, they can use a type of ink, which can be removed easily.