Research Says Women May Be More Attracted to Men With Tattoos

At one time tattoos were considered taboo, but that time is long past.  A decade ago, up to 40 percent of Americans a tattoo, and this number may have gone higher since then.

A survey conducted not long ago has found that two third of women are attracted to men with tattoos.  The research was done by dating app Type and found that about 64% of the women preferred taking men with some kind of tattoo.

The same applies to those who are looking for a same-sex partner too, with both genders stating that they consider tattoos as an added attraction.

“We’ve been surprised just how strong the trends are when it comes to tattoos. So many of our users are looking for someone with a bit of body art – it’s clearly a turn on for both men and women,” Benno Spencer, Type’s CEO said.

Earlier research on the topic has also concluded that women look more approvingly and sympathetically on tattooed men, associating them with “good health, masculinity, aggressiveness and dominance.”

Type` s survey found that about 39% of men are attracted to tattooed women. But, the dating app’s company Steve Bryson opposes to this trend by saying, “I’ve always fancied girls with tattoos ever since I dated a girl at college that had a massive tattoo across her back.”

“I think it says something about their personality that they’re fun, friendly and up for a good time,” he adds. “I’ve only got one small tattoo myself, but I like girls that have lots of tattoos. It makes them unique – no two tattoos are exactly the same.”

In addition to the survey discussed above, a research published recently in the journal Personality and Individual Differences suggests something quite interesting as well.

The researchers photographed 9 shirtless men, none of who had any tattoo. Then, they added an abstract tattoo design to the image of their arms.  A few hundred male and female volunteers were asked to rate the men for health, attractiveness, dominance, aggression, and masculinity.

Women thought that men looked healthier with a tattoo. As for attractiveness, tattoos didn’t make a man less or more attractive. Men with tattoos were seen as worse fathers, probably due to the fact that tattoos are associated with risk-taking. But, both men and women said that tattooed men looked more dominant, aggressive, and masculine.

The researchers concluded that “tattoos may have a dual function: They influence female preference, but also are likely to be important in male-male competition.”