Public health aspects of tattooing among adults

Stephen Houghton, K. Durkin, Y. Turbett

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Medical, criminological and psychiatric literatures have pointed to risks associated with tattooing but most of this work has been conducted with samples which have other known risk factors or disturbances. This paper investigates the reasons, experiences, methods, and perceived consequences of obtaining tattoos among a sample of Australian adults. The findings complement, extend and in some respects contrast with earlier research. Like other researchers, we found that most people acquire tattoos when they are relatively young. Unlike earlier research, we did not find widespread dissatisfaction and regret. Sex differences emerged in location and design of tattoos. A majority of tattooed people report awareness of others' negative stereotypes of them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-427
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995


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