Tattoo Regret Common Among Women - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/13/08

Tattoo Regret Common Among Women

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The appeal of tattoos continues to climb among young adults.  But what happens 10-years later?  Dr. Myrna Armstrong, Regional Dean of the School of Nursing at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center has been studying body art and she says that although society has become more accepting of men with tattoos that is still not the case for women.

Dr.  Armstrong, Ed.D., RN, of the TTUHSC School of Nursing at Marble Falls, says, "Men are accepted with tattoos.  But the women...we're almost finding a little bit of a backlash from society...therefore, their embarrassment, their concerns, the negative comments...after a while just become more powerful for them and because of that, they end up going to a tattoo removal clinic". 

Dr. Armstrong says their studies show that 69% of women, compared to 31% of men, decide within 10 years of getting a tattoo that it needs to come off.

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