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Report on Tattoo and Body Piercing Survey

Smart girls decide for themselves™.

Are SmartGirls lude, crude, and tattooed?...and pierced?
Tattoos and body piercing is becoming more and more popular, but the practices are not quite yet mainstream. Are SmartGirls lude, crude, and tattooed?...and pierced?

703 SmartGirls between the ages of 6 and 35 responded to the Tattoo and Body Piercing Survey. 660 girls and 20 boys took this survey. Read on to find out what they had to say!

Most of the people taking this survey were the oldest child in their family.
Oldest Child: 275
Youngest Child: 178
Middle Child: 143
Only Child: 75

People from all over the world took this survey. The following countries had over ten people respond.
USA: 450
UK: 95
Canada: 63
Australia: 15

The people who responded live in a variety of different environments:
Big City: 140
Suburban City: 168
Town: 207
Village: 44
Rural Area: 58
How many tattoos do you have?
Most SmartGirls do not have any tattoos.

Of the 116 SmartGirls that do have tattoes, 22 regret getting tattooed.
Number of Tattoos
How many piercings do you have?
Piercings are much more popular than tattoos among SmartGirls. 296 SmartGirls have at least one piercing.
How many piercings do you have?

You have what where???

Where are SmartGirls tattooed and pierced?

The most popular places for a SmartGirl to be tattooed are:
hip: 35 SmartGirls
ankle: 34 SmartGirls
shoulderblade: 32 SmartGirls

The most popular places for a SmartGirl to be pierced are:
ears: 561 SmartGirls
belly button/navel: 117 SmartGirls
tongue: 64 SmartGirls

How do your parents feel?
What do parents have to say about tattooed SmartGirls?
Of the SmartGirls who have tattoos,
60 SmartGirl's parents supported them in their decision to get tattooed.
39 SmartGirl's parents were angry about their decision to get tattooed.
24 SmartGirl's parents don't know about their tattoo(s).

What do parents have to say about pierced SmartGirls?
Of the SMartGirls who have piercings,
484 SmartGirl's parents supported their decision to get pierced.
48 SmartGirl's parents were angry about their decision to get pierced.
14 SmartGirl's parents don't know about their piercing(s).

How old were you when you got your first tattoo?
Most SmartGirls who get tattooed do so when they are about 19 years old.
Age when first tattoed
How old were you when you got your first piercing?
Most SmartGirls who get pierced do so when they are less than 10 years old.
Age when first pierced
Why do SmartGirls get tattooed and pierced?
When asked "why did you get a tattoo," the most common answer was:
"I liked the way it looked." ~ 53 SmartGirls responded this way.

When asked "why did you get a piercing," the most common answer was:
"I liked the way it looked." ~ 340 SmartGirls responded this way.

What if your parents didn't want you to . . .
If parents weren't supportive of your decision to get a tattoo, would you get one anyway?
The SmartGirls are split ~
295 SmartGirls said they would get tattooed without parental support.
293 SmartGirls said they needed parental support to get a tattoo.

What about piercings?
388 SmartGirls said they would get pierced without parental support.
236 SmartGirls said they neede parental support to get pierced.

Tattoo Laws
How do you feel about age restrictions and parental consent laws with regards to being able to get a tattoo?

140 SmartGirls think age restrictions are a good thing - but they don't agree about what age people should be allowed to get tattooed.
149 SmartGirls think that parental consent laws are a good idea.
126 SmartGirls think that tattoo laws are a bad idea in general.

Tattoos and Employment
We asked SmartGirls the following question:
In your opinion, could multiple piercings and multiple tattoos prevent a person from obtaining a professional job?

414 SmartGirls claim that multiple piercings and/or tattoos could prevent a person from getting a job.
95 SmartGirls do not think that multiple piercings and/or tattoos could prevent a person from getting a job.

Tattoos, Piercings and Boys
Do you think that it is feminine for a boy/man to have more than one earing?
213 SmartGirls responded yes
414 SmartGirls responded no

We asked SmartGirls the following question:
"Tattoos and makeup have something in common; they are both painted decorations on the body. In your opinion, why do you think it is socially acceptable for boys/men to have tattoos and less socially acceptable for them to wear makeup?"

Here's what some SmartGirls had to say:

I think it's acceptable for guys to wear tattoos, because they may make a man look more manly,or tough. Whereas if a guy wore makeup, people might assume that he could be gay, less manly, you know.... stuff like that. SmartGirl 15

Makeup is meant to enhance features that are primarily feminine. Examples of these feminine traits are rosy cheeks, full red lips, flawless skin, and long eyelashes. By wearing makeup, this is a symbol of femininess, whereas tattoos are not meant to enhance features. Tattoos are more masculine in society's eyes. One might think of sailors, typically manly men, to have tattoos. Tattoos can be a symbol of rebelliousness, which is also a masculine trait. Even though girls do rebel also, think in a larger sense. Most criminals (ultra-rebellion) are typically thought of as male. SmartGirl 17

I think guys who wear make-up are sexy. Guys who are inferior to the idea are obviously insecure and don't know how to have fun. I'd rather date a guy who looked good in eyeliner than one who had a million cheap skull tattoos. SmartGirl 16

I have no problem with it. I can't tell them what to wear and not to wear. So whatever they feel is right or suitable for them, let them express themselves in that way. SmartGirl 15

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!


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