This study will examine the correlation between deviance and tattoos. We hypothesize that there will be a correlation between the amount of tattoos one has and their participation in risky activities. We also hypothesis that people with tattoos, are more likely to engage in sexual activities with multiple partners. The next hypothesis will be that tattooed individuals are more likely to engage in drugs and alcohol usage. An online survey created by the authors will be used to score the participant’s involvement in risky activities. The question to be addressed is whether or not tattoos have an effect on ones participation in risky activities. The participants will be given a revised version of the Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey to calculate their involvement in risky activities. The link was placed on Charleston Southern school’s database, where students would be able to get to the link by logging on to their school’s account. The link will send them to our webpage which asked them to please participate in a research study conducted at Charleston Southern University. Once the participants agreed to take the study they will directly be sent to the Inform Consent form (See Appendix A). After they read the Informed Consent form, they will be asked to click yes or no in order to participant in the study. After completing the survey a debriefing form will be shown with numbers to hotlines and counseling services, if needed. We hope to find evidence to support our theories that individuals with tattoos are more likely to engage in risky behavior. Individuals are more likely to get a tattoo to showcase personal experiences. Results that would support the proposed hypothesis would be an increase in the number or tattoos and a high score on the Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey (See Appendix B). In conclusion tattooed individuals do engage in more risky activities then non-tattooed individuals. Tattooed individuals also score higher in the sexual activity category of the Revised Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This supports our hypothesis that people with tattoos, are more likely to engage in sexual activities with multiple partners. The results from alcohol and drug usage indicate there is no significant difference between tattooed and non-tattooed individuals pertaining to drugs or alcohol.
Getting Inked: A look into deviance and tattoos
Tattooing has become a mainstream event; about one in five adults in the United States have at least one tattoo (Stanglin, 2012). In the United States, tattoos were once seen as a symbol of rebellion. They were mostly seen on bikers or people who were consider tough. These stereotypes brought about the assumption that people with tattoos are deviant and are more willing to engage in risky behavior and commit crimes. This negative perception of tattooed individuals is what brings us to look deeper into the actions and minds of those who “get inked”.
Our purpose is to examine whether or not people...