Tattooing Behavior Analysis

So, there is a fascinating article in the Journal of Public Health Research. On December 13, 2017 a group of scientists studied Korean Adults aged from their 20’s to 50’s. Some of them had Tattoos or piercings and some of them did not. The researchers sought to find out if there was a correlation between those who had tattoos and those that had self-esteem issues.

So the researchers split them into two groups: those with and those without tattoos or piercings. They then tracked ages, gender, education, marital status, income level, occupation, values (conservative, liberal, or neutral), and sensitivity to fashion. They considered these to be “general characteristics”. The individuals were also asked to self-evaluate the following: self-esteem, propensity for sensation seeking, and propensity for risk behavior.

In the end the researchers found that after adjusting for “general characteristics” there was no significant difference in self-esteem between the two groups. This does not mean they were the same, sensation seeking was higher in those with tattoos or piercings after controlling for self-esteem and general characteristics. Risky behavior was also higher in those with tattoos than those without. This can be very important and useful information for those concerned with outbreaks of diseases spread through improperly sterilized equipment.


Why do I care?

Well I am one of those with tattoos. I also am someone who likes to stay healthy. I have not always been so, and mentally healthy is one of the hardest things to maintain. I like to know things that are about multiple aspects of my life. I have tattoos and I am fascinated with psychology. It brings two parts of me–my expressive side and my psychological side–together in perfect harmony.

It is also very important for me to know what other things I may or may not be more primed to do since I am one who is willing to get tattoos. I also need to be on the lookout for those in my crew who may have more risk-taking behaviors that I may need to curb could the need arise. It is very useful for many different aspects of my life, and honestly if anyone believes that learning about other things cannot be useful for yourself, then you are wrong.





Hong, Bo-Kyung, and Hyo Young Lee. “Self-Esteem, Propensity for Sensation Seeking, and Risk Behaviour among Adults with Tattoos and Piercings.” Journal of Public Health Research, vol. 6, no. 3, 13 Dec. 2017. MEDLINE, Plymouth State University, doi:10.4081/jphr.2017.1107.



Hong, B., & Lee, H. Y. (2017). Self-esteem, propensity for sensation seeking, and risk behaviour among adults with tattoos and piercings. Journal of Public Health Research,6(3). doi:10.4081/jphr.2017.1107

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