TIL: 39% of American women have a tattoo, and 21% of American men

Two surprises for me:

  1. 39% of US women have a tattoo?! That's a lot.
  2. Nearly twice as many US women are tattooed as men: 39% women and 21% men.

The 2/1 women/men ratio holds true for both hidden tattoos (30% for women, 16.7% for men) and visible tattoos as well (8.5% for women and 4.1% for men).

A mere two generations ago, tattoos were largely reserved for criminals, sailors, and circus freaks. Today, 40% of Americans aged 26-40 have at least one tattoo.