Thursday, July 17, 2008

get inked

Photo: A couple in peeks in a tattoo parlor. Chicago, July, 2008.

I would probably never get a tattoo but I have always admired art on other people's bodies. Typically, people put much thought into how they decorate their bodies.  Throughout history tattooing has been a cultural and religious practice for people all over the world. People get tattoos for many reason; medical, cosmetics, identification, spiritual markings, and of course decoration. People get permanent makeup such as lipstick and eyebrows, while cancer patients get tattoos to mark the exact location for life sustaining radiotherapy. 
Tattoos are often a window into a person's mind and display the most intimate of memories. The Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry is using tattoos in the prison system as red flags for antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). The researchers conducted a semi-structured interviews for inmates with and without tattoos and correlated tattoos with ASPD. Also, tattooed inmates were more likely to have a history of substance and sexual abuse.
Although, the research team surveyed a very small study sample, they published a paper in the Journal of Personality and Mental Health. This is an interesting finding but it is unlikely that one study of only 36 people is going to make any conclusive suggestions regarding inmate tattoos and their psychological state.

via: wiki and PMH article

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