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08 April 2014

Atlantans More Likely to Believe Folks with Tattoos are Deviant, Unhealthy, & Less Spiritual

The Harris Poll asked 2,102 adults, ages 18 and older and living in the top ten American metropolitan areas by population, how they felt about tattoos and people who have them.

(A new poll says Atlantans are more likely to believe folks with a tattoo like the one shown above are deviant, unhealthy, & less spiritual. Image courtesy Larratt)
The survey says Atlantans view folks who are tatted up more negatively than individuals in other major U.S. cities.

According to the poll, Atlantans are more likely than those in any other market to feel that people with tattoos are more likely to do something most people would consider deviant. In addition, Atlantans are least likely to see those with tattoos as strong, sexy, and attractive.

Finally, Atlanta residents are most likely to see those with tattoos as less healthy and less spiritual.

Mia Moore, a Cobb County resident with one tattoo, dismisses the poll, saying, "People have always thought those things with people who have tattoos."

"The first tattoo I got was a shamrock, because I'm Irish and proud of my heritage," Krissy Walsh, a Newton County resident said. "70% of tattoos have spiritual meaning," Walsh said. "Most people with tattoos are making a statement about who they are, not what society thinks."

Walsh says she four tattoos.

The Harris Poll questioned adults in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, Boston, the District of Columbia, Atlanta, and Houston.

According to the study, Americans in two California markets – Los Angeles (26%) and San Francisco- are more likely than those in any of America's other top ten markets to have at least one tattoo. On the other end of the spectrum, residents of Atlanta are less likely than those in any other major market to profess having at least one tattoo.

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