It is clear that tattoos can connect people with shared interests and ideas as well as be empowering. There is also evidence that tattoos can help someone reclaim their body. Now a new study suggests that tattoos may lead to higher self-esteem. True or false?
According to the recent study by Texas Tech University sociology professor Jerome Koch titled “Tattoos, Gender and Well-Being Among American College Students,” there’s a strong correlation between college-aged women with multiple tattoos and a higher self-esteem.
Koch, who has studied tattoos and piercings for years, found that among the 2,395 college students from six American public universities surveyed, women with four or more tattoos reported higher levels of self-esteem than anyone else in the study. The study’s objective was to test the correlations between escalating numbers of tattoos and depression, number of suicide attempts and self-esteem.
Koch told Mic that, “the only significant correlations we found were that women with four or more tattoos had a statistically significant elevation in self-esteem over others in the study.” The researchers explain that tattoos appear to be a credible healing mechanism and a path to self-recovery with women who get tattoos to cover scars from mastectomies, domestic abuse and self-harm as a way of taking positive ownership of their bodies.
In other words, this study is a win for tattoo fans who want to do away with the many negative stereotypes of getting a tattoo. Tattoos are deeply personal as I have stated many time. For some women in particular, tattoos are an embrace of their flawed, but amazing bodies.
However, the study was only done with college aged women. There is still a large part of the population not accounted for in this situation. There are also several other schools that could change the results. I believe the findings are a positive result, thought. I know several people, women and men of all ages, who have used tattoos to help themselves heal from a dramatic event. They do help people heal. Tattoos are a type of art that change the way people see themselves. Scars can be cover by beautiful work and no longer have to be seen negatively. Some still see tattoos as a negative thing, but honestly it seems like society is becoming more accepting of this form of art. Maybe one day society will even embrace tattoos with open arms.