Do tattoos make you feel different? Most people say they do not feel any different, but some people do.
The results of a survey in 2008 showed:
· 31% of people said they felt sexier with a tattoo
· 36% said they felt more rebellious
· 19% felt attractive and strong
How will feel when you get your first tattoo? There is a one in three chance you will feel sexier and around the same degree of chance you will feel more rebellious. You might fall into all groups and feel sexier, more rebellious, stronger and attractive - a powerful combination. If that could be guaranteed then more people would be lining up to get inked.
Angelina Jolie seems to be one person who embodies all groups. She is seen as sexy, strong and attractive. She is rebellious to the extent she does not let convention dictate the way she lives. So, do her tattoos make her feel this way or are they simply a sign of her personality, her persona? Maybe it is a mixture of both.
Some people simply feel good about their tattoo. Scarlett Johansson has a brightly coloured picture of a sunrise over water painted on her arm. She says it makes her feel happy. Lara Bingle, Australian model, has "Wish you were here" tattooed on the inside of her wrist, in remembrance of her father. No doubt she derives a sense of affection and comfort when she looks at those words. Others have done similar things - Kate Cassidy, singer and actress, has the year her grandmother was born written on her hip. This is certainly a way to remember loved ones and to feel their presence, which, in turn, makes you feel good. It could also be a source of strength during difficult times.
Do you care what others think? Do you want to be regarded as a bit of a rebel? Over half the people without a tattoo regard people with tattoos as more rebellious while just under half think people with tattoos are less attractive. You want to be sexier? 39% of people without tattoos say people with tattoos are less sexy but then we have already found about a third of people with tattoos feel sexier. If you are too concerned about others' opinions you may decide not to tattoo.