Getting – and Getting Rid of -- Tattoos

Jerome Koch, Myrna L Armstrong, Christian B Slavin, Alden E Roberts, Donna C Owen

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Based on our conceptual model (DARRREM: Decision, Acquisition, Reflection, Resolution, Removal, Energized, and More) we further examine and reflect on the emotional components of contemporary tattoo acquisition and possession. This research presents data from respondents at a tattoo removal clinic, and explores the pace at which removal occurs and the rationale for seeking to reverse the complex physical and social process of tattoo acquisition. Consistent with previous research, respondents report deliberation and analysis in their decision- making. Moreover, the feminization of tattoo stigma re-occurred in this study as women, rather than men were more likely to seek removal, and at an earlier age, than reported in previous research. Results are interpreted in light of implications for a more broadly based research agenda on gender, stigma, and the culture of the body.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Sociology
StatePublished - Oct 2018


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