(New York, NY) — The number of Americans sporting tattoos continues to grow. Just over 20-percent of those responding to a new Harris Interactive poll say they’ve been inked, which is up five-percent from 2008 and seven-percent from 2003. And for the first time, more women than men have a tattoo. While 19-percent of the guys report having some word or image permanently affixed on their bodies, 23-percent of the women have a tattoo. Very few of those with tattoos have had second thoughts about their decision, and 86-percent say they’ve never felt any regrets over it. In addition, 30-percent credit their tattoo for making them feel sexier, and 25-percent say having a tattoo makes them feel rebellious. Just over 20-percent feel “attractive or strong” because they have a tattoo, while 16-percent feel “spiritual” because of their tattoo.
Tattoos are most prevalent among people in their 30s. Nearly 40-percent of those between the ages of 30 and 39 have a tattoo. Meanwhile, 30-percent of the 25-to-29-year-olds have a tattoo, along with 22-percent of adults under 25. Just over a quarter of adults in their 40s have a tattoo, while eleven-percent of those between the ages of 50 and 64 have been inked. Only five-percent of those 65 and older have a tattoo.
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