More on surveys, science and say what?
MOST TATTED COUNTRY? ITALY
In May, the Berlin-based Dalia Research firm released a survey on tattoos conducted in 18 countries — Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, the U.K, Greece, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, the United States, and South Africa.
The surveys showed Italy had the highest percentage of tattooed people (48 percent), followed by Sweden (47 percent) and the United States (46 percent).
The survey also showed:
The highest rate of tattoos by age group is 45 percent among people age 30–49.
72 percent of tattoo owners don’t regret tattoos.
Among tattooed people, about threefourths have two or more tattoos.
TEEN TATTOOS? HALF OF PARENTS CONCERNED
About 78 percent of parents asked how they would react if a teenager wanted a tattoo said their answer would be “absolutely not.”
However, another one in 10 parents thought a tattoo would be OK as a reward, to mark a special occasion or if the tattoo could be hidden, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan.
Topping the list of parental concerns about tattoos? Impact on health, social acceptance and their child’s professional career.
“As tattoos become increasingly popular across all age groups, more parents are navigating discussions about tattoos with their children,” said poll co-director and Mott pediatrician Gary Freed.
BIOENGINEERED TATTOO MONITORS BLOOD CALCIUM
Scientists have created a biomedical tattoo that becomes visible on the skin of mice in response to elevated levels of calcium in the blood.
The tattoo represents an innovative diagnostic strategy that may allow for earlier detection of disorders. Earlier detection could help diagnose a range of diseases, from kidney failure to several forms of cancer.
BEING A TATTOO ARTIST CAN BE A PAIN IN THE NECK
The first study to directly measure the physical stresses that lead to aches and pains in tattoo artists was conducted by researchers at Ohio State University.
They measured the muscle exertions of 10 central Ohio tattoo artists at work and found all of them exceeded maximums recommended to avoid injury, especially in the muscles of their upper back and neck.
Electrodes placed on the artists gathered data for 15 seconds every three minutes for the entirety of each tattoo session.
In addition, the researchers assessed each artist’s posture every five minutes and took a picture to document each observation.
WHAT MAKES PEOPLE REGRET THEIR TATTOOS?
Researchers at the United Kingdom’s University of Portsmouth in partnership with Casino.org surveyed 1,000 people who said they regretted their tattoos.
The survey found that a tattooed name is the design most men and women regret.
Reasons for regretting a tattoo were varied. More than a quarter of women and about 24 percent of men became bored with their tattoos.
The research also found that those who regretted having a tattoo were more likely to have spent less time thinking about the type of tattoo they wanted.