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    Re: Correlation between tattoos and IQ

    Interesting question. I'd never thought about it, but I'd say they raise my opinion of the person's IQ just because they're still somewhat unusual in my circles.

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    Re: Correlation between tattoos and IQ

    Having tattoos 'is a sign of low self-esteem'

    I have always felt this way about all but the most needed body alterations. I would add this does not apply to those in the Military. Theirs reasons are another story.

    I would also say this goes for all those who fall for the latest trends in dress and hair styles as well.

    I am not alone in this:http://www.tricitypsychology.com/blo...w-self-esteem/

    Having lots of tattoos can indicate low self-esteem. This is one of the findings of a study conducted by Marie Randle and Sue Aitken of Liverpool Hope University who will present their research today, Friday 3 April, at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Brighton.

    Some 48 participants from the North of England were asked about their reasons for having tattoos. The style and location of their tattoos were recorded and they completed questionnaires about self-esteem.

    Findings highlighted the four main motivators for getting a tattoo: rebellion, aesthetic appearance, personal or emotional significance, and group affiliation. Men were more likely to have tattoos related to their group membership (such as football teams or army regiments). However, women tended to have tattoos for rebellious or aesthetic reasons.

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    Re: Correlation between tattoos and IQ

    I guess my post doesn't apply to those in the military, either.

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    Re: Correlation between tattoos and IQ

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Sheeple will tend to have tatooes, they tend to do the "in thing" - the same that annoys their parents the most..And I'd expect somewhat lower IQs here, as they tend not to think for themselves.
    IMO, they have that "criminal" or pirate look....very foolish.
    You know, this post is really funny to me. Mostly because I didn't get my first tattoo until I was in my 30's... so it wasn't a question or want to do anything that was "in" and I'm in my early 40's now... I highly doubt either of my parents really care what I do to my own body and haven't, since I moved out at age 18.

    I certainly do think for myself and I am pretty certain there are many tattooed people out in the world who can as well. I find it's always amusing to read the digust of a person taking moral high ground when it comes to body modification as they make often times WRONG assumptions that a person does something like tattooing to get a rise out of someone (rebellion) or to try and 'fit in' to some peer group (perceived social acceptance), or that that person is of low intelligence because of their own judgments about people with tattoos. Sure, there are some real losers out there with tattoos... there are also a lot of non-tattooed losers in the world.

    I wonder why people shave their legs, or why some women color their hair? Why do people have cosmetic dentistry done? Why do men get their hair cut or grow beards? Women paint their fingernails, etc... these are ALL body modifications of some sort (albeit very minor), yet society has deemed these to be socially acceptable and as common as tattoos are nowadays, they are still 'taboo' in some circles and those who chose to modify their bodies in that manner are ostracized because of a very personal choice they've made.

    I've had my body tattooed as a fully grown adult for very personal reasons and I am the only person that lives with that decision. I'd always had a desire for tattoos but it was a decision I didn't take lightly and why I waited so long in life before I actually did it. I don't regret any of them I've gotten, for each one means something to *me* and I am the only person I am worried about.

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    earthworm, one last thing... I've never been told I look like a pirate OR a criminal. Guess I'll have to try harder.
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    Re: Correlation between tattoos and IQ

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Having tattoos 'is a sign of low self-esteem'

    I have always felt this way about all but the most needed body alterations. I would add this does not apply to those in the Military. Theirs reasons are another story.


    I would also say this goes for all those who fall for the latest trends in dress and hair styles as well.


    I am not alone in this:"][/URL]

    That's pretty ridiculous logic, frankly.
    Your military "exemption" makes it so.
    If military personnel are exempt from this alleged "low self esteem motive", then so are many others.
    There are many people who are veterans of personal wars, and their ink, too, is a private testament to that.

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    Re: Correlation between tattoos and IQ

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Having tattoos 'is a sign of low self-esteem'

    I have always felt this way about all but the most needed body alterations.
    I know! I feel the same way about people who get lasik, wear makeup, cut their hair, comb their hair, shave their face or legs, get their ears pierced, and paint their fingernails.

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    Re: Correlation between tattoos and IQ

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    That's pretty ridiculous logic, frankly.
    Your military "exemption" makes it so.
    If military personnel are exempt from this alleged "low self esteem motive", then so are many others.
    There are many people who are veterans of personal wars, and their ink, too, is a private testament to that.
    Yeah, no kidding. According to his link, they said "group affiliation" was one of the indicators of low self-esteem. Military tats are generally "group affiliated". Wonder why he exempts them from his little holier-than-thou tangent?

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    Re: Correlation between tattoos and IQ

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Sheeple will tend to have tatooes, they tend to do the "in thing" - the same that annoys their parents the most..And I'd expect somewhat lower IQs here, as they tend not to think for themselves.
    IMO, they have that "criminal" or pirate look....very foolish.
    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Having tattoos 'is a sign of low self-esteem'

    I have always felt this way about all but the most needed body alterations. I would add this does not apply to those in the Military. Theirs reasons are another story.

    I would also say this goes for all those who fall for the latest trends in dress and hair styles as well.

    I am not alone in this:Tattoos are a mark of low self esteem
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    You know, this post is really funny to me. Mostly because I didn't get my first tattoo until I was in my 30's... so it wasn't a question or want to do anything that was "in" and I'm in my early 40's now... I highly doubt either of my parents really care what I do to my own body and haven't, since I moved out at age 18.

    I certainly do think for myself and I am pretty certain there are many tattooed people out in the world who can as well. I find it's always amusing to read the digust of a person taking moral high ground when it comes to body modification as they make often times WRONG assumptions that a person does something like tattooing to get a rise out of someone (rebellion) or to try and 'fit in' to some peer group (perceived social acceptance), or that that person is of low intelligence because of their own judgments about people with tattoos. Sure, there are some real losers out there with tattoos... there are also a lot of non-tattooed losers in the world.

    I wonder why people shave their legs, or why some women color their hair? Why do people have cosmetic dentistry done? Why do men get their hair cut or grow beards? Women paint their fingernails, etc... these are ALL body modifications of some sort (albeit very minor), yet society has deemed these to be socially acceptable and as common as tattoos are nowadays, they are still 'taboo' in some circles and those who chose to modify their bodies in that manner are ostracized because of a very personal choice they've made.

    I've had my body tattooed as a fully grown adult for very personal reasons and I am the only person that lives with that decision. I'd always had a desire for tattoos but it was a decision I didn't take lightly and why I waited so long in life before I actually did it. I don't regret any of them I've gotten, for each one means something to *me* and I am the only person I am worried about.

    If I can say one thing to the reef - told you so.


    earthworm, one last thing... I've never been told I look like a pirate OR a criminal. Guess I'll have to try harder.
    Councilman, my response to you is the same one I posted for earthworm.
    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice....shame on me.

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    Re: Correlation between tattoos and IQ

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    I know! I feel the same way about people who get lasik, wear makeup, cut their hair, comb their hair, shave their face or legs, get their ears pierced, and paint their fingernails.
    I'm the most confident man in the world!
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    Re: Correlation between tattoos and IQ

    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    I'm the most confident man in the world!
    I bet you bathe though, you looser sheeple.

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