Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Religious folks don't like body scarification

I'll probably offend some of my readers since many of them are young, but I loathe tattoos. Every time I see one, I envision the encroaching jungle.

This is probably another subconscious reason I like religious people. According to this study, religious people are significantly less likely to sport a tattoo. God bless 'em. The body is a temple.


  1. That's somewhat surprising.

    Blacks, Catholic Hispanics, and lower-class whites are all very religious and also have rates of having tattoos.

  2. To take a verse out of context from one of Paul's letters(it's talking about circumcision, not tattos)...
    Beware of these dogs, these mutilators of the flesh :-)

  3. Anonymous4:56 PM

    Blacks, Catholic Hispanics, and lower-class whites are all very religious and also have rates of having tattoos.

    I guess you missed the recent post here on how ignorant Hispanics are of their own religion.

    In any case, you need to show that those blacks, Catholic Hispanics, and lower-class whites who get tatoos are the same as the ones who are very religious.

  4. Anonymous4:59 PM

    I can't get too worked out about tattoos because so many women do something else that's a million times worse :(


  5. Rob S.11:58 PM

    I mildly dislike them too - at least, if they are extensive.

    Of course, a very few are quite artistic, I mean in the sense of taste and asethesis and proportion - not sheer intricacy or verisimility.

    I knew a pretty semi-boho girl with a line figure on the inside of her wrist, of a feminine enough theme. And a pretty nice design, not straight-realist or non-representational. No expanses of black or of color, just fairly thin black lines. And it was a sentimental reminder of her favorite relative. Too bad I was such a boor then.

  6. Anonymous1:47 PM

    "Blacks, Catholic Hispanics, and lower-class whites are all very religious"

    Not exactly. They aren't as likely to identify as questioning the existence of God, because they don't think that far.

    However, for any individual to be "very religious" he has to have some discipline to follow the rules etc. which also takes planning, neither of which are either group known for.

  7. Anonymous7:19 PM

    I tend to think many women who get tattoos are sexually projecting their attraction for tough-looking-tattoed guys onto themselves.

    They find tattooed bad boys to be an exciting presence, and think that the tats will make those same badboys attracted to them.

    Ive thought for years that female bodybuilders sort of do the same thing: they find male bodybuilders attractive and want to be attractive to those same men, so they consciously attempt to copy their physiques. They end up, of course, looking masculine.

    Tats probably serve a signalling function amongst the males. "Im cool, tough, not-to-be-messed-with, like-to-party", etc.

    The piercings are even more icky in my estimation, especially when its near the eyes or around the mouth.


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