According to Pew Research Center, nearly 40% of American teenagers and 20-somethings have a tattoo.
Within the tattooed population, about half of them have more than one, and 18% have six or more. Not only are we changing the face of things - - but some would actually say that they prefer a significant other with tattoos. Here's some proof that inked up gals are hot: She likes that she’s got something on her skin that no one else has.
Although tattoos are far more mainstream than they ever were, it doesn’t make our individuality any less significant.
And, honestly, I rarely run into women with as many tattoos as me.
I have literary tattoos of Fitzgerald and Hemingway quotes on my left arm, an Anais Nin quote on my rib cage, a half sleeve that’s inspired by a Vladimir Nabokov book cover, my dog’s name (because of course! A man sees my arms all tattooed up and, if he’s the type of guy who doesn’t have any tattoos himself, he thinks I’m some sort of badass rebel, which is hardly the case once you take into consideration that I’m a walking ad for J. But as a woman who has committed herself to a lifetime of ink (and I’m hardly done, much to my mother’s disappointment), I do like to think that myself, and other women like me, are special in our own way because of our ink.
Here are seven things to know about dating a woman with tattoos, aside from the fact that we’re sexy as hell.
Tattoos have life, and they speak when you look at them.
She feels strongly about what she has tattooed on her skin - they are constant reminders of an important time in her life.
Since then, despite absurd opinion pieces branding tattooed women as "broken," I’ve gotten over 15 more ― tattoos, not daisies. As a woman with a bunch of tattoos, I find that a lot of stereotypes come a long with it.
A woman with tattoos doesn’t care about fitting in, running with the pack, or playing by the rules others have written for her.
She’s one of a kind in her thoughts and her actions. It takes a certain brand of confidence to walk into a tattoo shop and ask to be inked with something ― anything at all, to be honest.
Does this mean she’s going to jump out of a plane every chance she gets? This isn’t to suggest each and every one of us wants to be locked up in some Red Room of Pain, but it does mean that we stare pain down and shrug it off.
In other words, you break our heart, we’ll recover.