The act of positioning a piece of art on their skin is often a shared experience, and women normally get their ink in different shapes and sizes to men. According to Lightspeed Research, 59 per cent of women have tattoos compared to 41 per cent of men.
The Lightspeed survey found that 89 per cent of people that have tattoos said they did not care if people disapproved of their body ink and 46 per cent said they would proudly flaunt their tattoo to their bosses at work.
The poll shows that 40 per cent of women made the tattoo experience a shared one as they will often get tattooed with friends or loved ones, and that they also take the experience more seriously than their male counterparts.
Local St Leonard’s tattoo artist Sue Hawkins said “ Almost everyone that I tattoo is male, but during this last year its now fifty-fifty. And its not silly little tattoos that these women are getting either, they’re getting some really big cool tattoos. On one girl I’m doing an Alice in Wonderland sleeve, and on another I’m tattooing a portrait of her kids on her arm.”
Celebrities like Rihanna and Justin Beiber have paved the way for displaying body art in public, and younger stars have followed their lead, especially women.
Younger girls are getting more rebellious and getting tattoos done more for the shock value, as it has been noticed that more girls are getting tattoos on their necks and chests that are more visible and less easy to hide.