Some Cool Tattoo Facts & Statistics – Transforming Lives One Tattoo at a Time

Sacred Tattoo Design by Tania Marie

As our inner and outer worlds continue to rapidly change, more and more people are being drawn into the world of body art, especially with the shift in perspective on how tattoos can actually help support a new reality of experience in your life. Sacred tattoos that are consciously and intuitively chosen in a way that most supports the intentions, needs and empowered healing you desire are increasingly becoming the new paradigm of tattoos that mirrors the now. Spiritual tattoos are one of the fastest growing areas of tattoo subject matter – a recent survey of tattoo artists found that one third of those getting tattoos choose designs that reflected their spiritual or religious beliefs, which is particular strong among first timers.

The feedback I hear from clients and others who embark on a sacred tattoo journey are truly inspiring and beautiful. For those who have chosen this as their path and empowering tool of choice, they have been awed by the powerful ways their lives and those around them are affected simply by being more conscious with their choices and decisions in what they decide to create with their body art, realizing the skin can be a portal opening with many benefits. What is placed on the skin, then penetrates through to the DNA and energetic levels.

This is the basis of my book, Spiritual Skin – Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep, and what drives my passion for helping to support others with custom sacred tattoo designs that they can then have inked by a tattoo artist of their choice, or now, can have created as temporary tattoos as well.

For more information on my book and the custom tattoo design service I provide, please visit: . You may also contact me with inquiries at 

My hands with sacred tattoo designs

I thought it would be fun to share some of the facts and statistics of the tattoo world, which demonstrate how this area of interest continues to grow. The more recent jumps in numbers are something I have myself been keeping an eye on, experiencing within my day-to-day interactions with clients and personal observations since this is my area of passion and interest. I am also seeing how a new genre of temporary tattoos are now even hitting the high fashion, Paris luxury and runway scene at the height of couture, which we know then has the trickle down effect. Having studied fashion marketing and trend forecasting, I know that once something hits the fashion world, it infiltrates not only a market once not reached, but will continue to affect the markets that take off of the precedents set in high fashion.

This is a very interesting thing to see, as this will ultimately take tattoos into a greater realm of overall acceptance, as it penetrates people’s conditioned beliefs about them, but it is my goal to help support a conscious revolution of sacred tattoos that can help benefit more than the aesthetic eye on a collective level. I just think it’s super cool to see things shifting as that is the first step to opening the  gateway to unlimited treasures that will then be revealed upon stepping in.

I thought it might be fun to share some statistics, which come from to show the effects tattoos are having on the world in the last decade or so.


Tattoo Facts & Statistics has been compiled and updated since 1999 and contains the best available data on the prevalence and occurrence of tattooing and basic information about tattoo culture. This information is shared at as a public service and as a resource for those interested in tattoo culture and its study and research.

Emerging from their often unsavory reputation of the recent past, tattoos have gained increasing prominence in the past decade. Life magazine estimated in 1936 that 10 million Americans, or approximately 6% of the population had at least one tattoo. A Harris Poll, done in 2003, nearly triples those numbers and estimates that 16% of Americans now have one or more tattoos. For a complete breakdown of the Harris Poll numbers, see below.

Thirty-six percent of those ages 18 to 25, and 40 percent of those ages 26 to 40, have at least one tattoo, according to a fall 2006 survey by the Pew Research Center. 

The National Geographic News stated in April 2000 that 15% of Americans were tattooed (or approximately 40 million people!)

Esquire Magazine estimated in March 2002 that 1 in 8 Americans was tattooed.

According to the American Society of Dermatological Surgery, they stated in 2005, that of all the people they treat with laser and light therapy, only only 6% are getting a tattoo removed.

The Harris Poll done in 2003, estimated that fully 36% of those aged 25-29 had one or more tattoos.A 2006 a study done by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that 24% of Americans between 18 and 50 are tattooed; that’s almost one in four. And the survey showed that about 36% of Americans age 18 to 29 have at least one tattoo!

There are an estimated 20,000+ parlors operating in the United States, according to a U.S. News & World Report article, which said, on the average, an establishment is being added in the country every day. The article ranked tattooing as the sixth fastest growing retail venture of the 1990s, right behind Internet, paging services, bagels, computer and cellular phone service.

Tattoo industry spawns popular outgrowth:*Search Engine Lycos, ranks the Top 50 search terms every week. “Tattoos” was the third most popular search term in 2002, the fourth most popular search term in 2001, seventh most popular search term for the year 2000, and the eleventh most popular search term in 1999. “Tattoo and tattoos” is one of only seven search terms to never fall out of the Top 50 Search terms in the 199 weeks since Lycos has been keeping track. The other six are Dragon Ball, Pamela Anderson, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Las Vegas and the WWE/WWF.

*In July of 2002 “tattoos” reached its highest ranking ever, coming in as the number two most requested search term on the internet. “Tattoos” was requested more often than Britney Spears, marijuana or Kazaa, illustrating that skin ink is more popular than “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll!”

Lycos dropped the term “tattoos” from it’s Poll because the term was so popular. According to Lycos, tattoos rarely drops out of the top ten search terms requested on the Internet and Lycos dropped the term because they wanted to make room for other searches.

Search engine found these stats about tattoo searches:

  • LA fashion week reminds us once again that trends come and go. But, while the Devil may wear Prada, Search Engine reveals that tattoos have been stealing the scene as the #1 searched beauty term since 2003. No longer taboo, the popularity of tattoos prove that skin is always in.
  • Virtually every language is searched for in tattoo designs: from Aztec sayings to Russian phrases, but Japanese and Chinese characters/symbols are among the most frequently searched.
  • Location, location, location: Backs rank the highest in searches (lower, upper and all over). But, not far behind: necks, arms, wrists and ankles. Unmentionables also rank high.
  • Angelina’s number, choice and types of tattoos rank the highest in the celebrity category. searchers are also intrigued by other celebs. Most notably, Nicole Richie, Alyssa Milano and heavy metal rockers Metallica.
  • As for who searches for tattoos more: given the top five ranked designs, which are tribal, cross, stars, butterflies and fairies, we’d say women.

A Third of Americans With Tattoos Say They
Make Them Feel More Sexy
National survey of adults shows that Democrats are more likely to have tattoos and regret for getting them is highest among Republicans.

ROCHESTER, NY, Oct 8, 2003 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — A recent Harris Poll finds that 16% of all adults have at least one tattoo. The highest incidence of tattoos was found among the gay, lesbian and bisexual population (31%) and among Americans ages 25 to 29 years (36%) and 30 to 39 years (28%). Regionally, people living in the West (20%) are more likely to have tattoos.

Democrats are more likely to have tattoos (18%) than Republicans (14%) and Independents (12%) while nearly equal percentages of males (16%) and females (15%) have tattoos.

How do tattoos make people feel? 

Among Americans with tattoos, 34% said having a tattoo has made them feel sexier. Interestingly, more tattooed females (42%) feel this way than males (25%). Over one-third (36%) of those with a tattoo, however, say having it makes them feel more rebellious, up from 29 percent who felt this way in 2003, and three in ten (31%) say the tattoo makes then feel sexy, while others said a tattoo makes them feel more attractive (26%). One in five (19%) each say having the tattoo makes them feel attractive and strong.

Not many regrets:

Do people regret getting tattoos?
A majority of Americans with tattoos (84%) do not regret getting them, while 17% do feel regret. The survey found that regret for getting a tattoo was highest among tattooed Republicans (24%) and among those living in the South (21%). And, the reason cited most often for feeling regret about getting tattoos was “because of the person’s name in the tattoo” (16%). As to why they have this regret, one in five (20%) say it‟s because they were too young when they got the tattoo while 19 percent say it‟s because it is permanent and they are marked for life. Others say they regret the tattoo because they don‟t like it (18%).



About Tania Marie's Blog

Creating life as a work of art with a magick rabbit by my side. I remember my song. Do you? Artist, Author and Reiki Master Teacher with over 30 years' experience in creative healing arts and metaphysical studies. Tania inspires people globally to return to natural harmony, draw forth imagination to manifest dreams, embody creative empowerment, and live more magickally and abundantly from their most natural frequency – in essence, Tania helps you to remember your song.

Posted on February 13, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I was excited to read this article, for the subject matter as well as the author interested me. However, the broken English and entangled sentences made it difficult to understand and enjoy. Nevertheless, thank you for posting.
    Best wishes and love,

    • Thank you for your interest in this post, Raine. Very grateful for your sharing your opinions and appreciate your gratitude even with the challenges you shared. Will keep it in mind for future posts. I don’t understand what is meant by “broken English,” but thanks for expressing this. There can tend to be long sentences in the blogs, as when blogging, I’m speaking from my heart and not focused on being an English professor, nor edit what flows. This is a space to let go and relax for me, while also sharing from heart consciousness and they tend to be written in the morning when thoughts just “come.” I save the analytical hat for my books and here it’s just about sharing and inspiration. Much love to you!

  2. There are many reasons why people get inked. While there are those who want to add beauty to their bodies by having tattoos, there are also others who get inked to make a statement and catch people’s attention.

  3. Have you ever thought about publishing an ebook or guest
    authoring on other sites? I have a blog based upon on the same information you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my subscribers would enjoy your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

    • hi bonnie! actually i have a book out called Spiritual Skin. It started out as an ebook and then went into a print and kindle version. you can read more about it here:

      i would be happy to share some information for your blog readers. thank you so much for asking and finding resonation with my work.

      love and blessings to you

  4. Hi there! I realize this is somewhat off-topic but I had to ask.
    Does managing a well-established website such as yours take a massive amount work?
    I’m brand new to writing a blog but I do write in
    my journal on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my personal experience and feelings online.
    Please let me know if you have any suggestions or tips
    for brand new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!

    • thanks for connecting. i believe it takes passion and commitment to have a blog. if you already love writing and sharing then turning your journal into your blog should be a fun process. and that is key. it should be fun otherwise you won’t enjoy it. write about things that move you and you feel others would be interested in, find supportive, or can relate to. good luck!

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