Tattoo Statistics and Trends

Tattoo Statistics of 2017- 2018


This Trend Statistics article scrutinizes tattoo removal statistics. Artistic appreciation and group identification are among the most common reasons for going under the needle in the first place. Alienation and/or youth angst are less popular but still noted reasons. The least common reason for getting tattooed was 16 % of surveyors, who stated spiritual reasons being the main reason for their ink. 30% of college graduates and 60% of blue collar workers have tattoos; as they are no longer identified as purely a Marine/Army/Biker thing. Regardless of your history, regret does appear to be one of the common elements among the tattooed collective. The Telegraph reported that in the United Kingdom, where tattoos are even less popular, that there was a “440 percent increase in revenues for tattoo removal from just 10 years ago.”

As found in Skintru, there are fewer regrets associated with tattooing. 26% percent of tattooed cats report feeling regret over their tattoo and wanting to have it removed. 6-9% inked people have ‘cover up’ tattoos instead of opting to have it removed with laser, or just keeping their tattoo, along with the regrets!

Although they often represent something beautiful and meaningful, there does come a time when even the best tattoo work must be removed, as seen in this tattoo removal statistic page. According to those surveyed, 70% of employers, both in the United States and the United Kingdom, do NOT favor employees with visible ink. 26% of millennials regret their tattoo, and 70% of tattoo removal clients are female. The rest are male. Perhaps more conservative dress styles for men in the business world are to blame for this statistic. Bear in mind, the more skin you are expected to show in the workplace, the more likely you will want that skin to be boss-approved!

A Health & Life article quoting the Harris Poll article found that 3 out of every 10 Americans sported tattoos, with the highest demographic being Millennials (47%), and second highest Gen Xers (36%). These folks admitted to having at least one tattoo. Baby boomers made up of 13 % of this statistic, followed by 10 % of Matures. Millenials and Gen Xers are the most likely group to have multiple tattoos. Those with children in the household (43%) were more likely than their child-less counterparts (21%) to have tattoos.

Inked Mag states that Americans spend one thousand, six hundred and fifty billion dollars yearly on their ink addiction. On average, it costs $99 an hour to get inked. Be careful though, it is found to be addictive!

As this article points out, being “too young” when they got their first tattoo is listed as the top reason for regretting their piece. Personality/style changes are listed as the second main reason for regret, while having an ex-partner’s name tattooed on them being the third reason. An ‘unprofessional’ looking tattoo is the fourth top reason for regret, and having a tattoo that lacks meaning is the fifth main reason for regret. For the first time, women (31 %) out-number men (27 %) in being inked. In addition to this data, people in the poll were asked how they perceived themselves and others with tattoos, and it was found that people with ink were seen as pretty much the same as those without, with these exceptions; people with tattoos were perceived as “more rebellious, less spiritual, less attractive, less healthy, less respectable, less intelligent, and less sexy.”

As Statisticbrain reported, the average cost of a small tattoo is $45, while the average cost of a larger tattoo is $150. There are 21,000 operating tattoo parlors in the United States, and 32% of people with at least one tattoo report that they are addicted to getting inked. 11% of people with tattoos are looking into or getting at least one tattoo removed. 14% of the total U.S. population are tattooed, and that includes people of all ages! (I wonder if that includes tattoos that are obtained behind bars or institutions? Do they make up the total population?)

This article about tattoos and piercings in the workplace reports that tattoos are considered a form of expression in the United States, and are protected by the Constitution from criminal law. Ink is not federally protected in the workplace, however. The common workplaces where you can find the largest number of tattooed folks are the military and agriculture. The government, believe it or not, has the most lenient rules about tattooing and body piercing, but only about 8% of government employees sport tattoos.

As far as making a living, the states that are most open-minded about employees with visible tattoos and piercings are Montana, Colorado, and California. The states that have the most tattoo and piercing discrimination complaints include South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Florida. As far as the hiring process goes, 73% of people say they would hire people with visible tattoos, while 76% of people say that having visible tattoos would hurt your image in a job interview. A strange 6% of tattooed people said that they would avoid hiring another tattooed person for a job, and only 4% of tattooed/pierced workers report actually experiencing job discrimination in their workplace. There are 13 countries (the majority being Socialist and Islamic) where you can actually get arrested for having a visible tattoo in certain areas.

This credit donkey article showed that men typically chose a more visible spot, like on their arm, 75 percent of the time, while women either preferred to get tattooed on their ankle (27%), or their upper back (23%). Out of all the different age groups, seniors aged 65 and older had the biggest gap between men and women who had tattoos. These guys were actually 3 times more likely than women in that age group to have tattoos.

Here is some more information about the statistics on tattoos and tattooing we put together to help you understand that facts!-

Thinking about getting your tattoos removed? Or, just want to learn more about the laser tattoo removal process, costs, & how it works by checking out the links below.

For information about costs & pricing your tattoo removal treaments, click here:

For more faqs about tattoo removal, click here: