I don’t actually think I know anyone who doesn’t have a tattoo.
I personally have six: some are odd little stickers, mementoes, easily hidden beneath a shirt cuff. Others are a little larger, and easily visible. Either way, they get noticed. Daily.
Sometimes it’s just a quick flick of the eyes over my wrist or arm, other times it’s a blatant stare and the inevitable, “But what does it mean?”
Like it or not, there are times as a tattooed person that you can’t help but wonder… what are they thinking?
And now, thanks to new data released, I know.
Online dating service RSVP.com has surveyed 2,000 of their users to get their opinion on tattoos, and the results are interesting, but not surprising.
The insights included:
- According to women, the hottest spots for men’s ink is the back, chest and half sleeve
- Men most like to spy a tattoo on a woman’s back, foot and wrist.
- Face tattoos are the biggest turn-off. Only 2% of men and 1% of women would go there.
- Neck tattoos are next on the chopping block. Only 10% of women and 17% of men find neck tattoos attractive.
- The more tattoos you have, the less attractive you are to the opposite sex. More than four tattoos axes your approval rating by half – from 80% to 42%.
But for me, the biggest finding was the major double standard between the sexes.
Men with tats? Hot. Women with tats? Not.
According to RSVP.com, "8 out of 10 women find tattoos on men attractive, but only if they are not too ‘over the top’. They have less concerns about how their men choose to show off their tattoos - most aren’t bothered about how under wraps they are."
However, "While 7 out of 10 men find tattoos on women attractive, the majority say this depends on placement. 56% say tattoos can be attractive if they are small and subtly placed. The majority of male respondents said they would prefer it if their women kept their tattoos hidden, for their eyes only (68%)."