Yikes!! – “The more tattoos a person had, the more angry they were”
Those with tattoos were found to have ‘significantly higher’ levels of verbal aggression, anger, and were more rebellious compared with people without tattoos.
‘One explanation is that people who have higher reactive rebelliousness may respond to disappointing and frustrating events by getting tattooed.
‘That is, when these individuals experience a negative emotional event, they may be more likely to react by pursuing an act that is seen as defiant. The act of tattooing is perceived as rebellious, or more generally tattoos themselves can signify defiance or dissent.
‘On the other hand, there were no significant differences between tattooed and non-tattooed adults in proactive rebelliousness. It is possible that this form of rebelliousness, which is hedonistic and goal-driven, is at odds with the pain and permanence of tattoos.
‘We also found that tattooed adults had higher aggression scores on two of the four dimensions of aggression that we measured, namely verbal aggression and anger.