This study investigated the effects of a person's social class and gender in relationship to the visibility of tattoos and the location of body piercings. Four hundred and twenty participants completed a self-report tattoo and piercing survey. Our data analysis supported our first hypothesis (Hl), as the respondents' social class decreased the visibility of their tattoos increased. Our analysis also revealed that women, rather than men, were significantly more likely to have piercings that deviated from normative expectations. This finding was in contrast to our hypothesized statement about the relationship between gender and body piercing. On the whole, our findings suggest that social class and gender have a significant effect on the selection of body locations for tattooing and body piercing.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Cunningham, Desiree; Johnson, Kelly; Robbins, Corby; and Sorenson, Angie
"Social Factors Related to Tattooing and Body Piercings,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 5:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol5/iss1/8