Why Are Tattoos So Sexy? 12 Reasons Body Art Is So Attractive

A study in the Personality and Individual Differences journal found that women perceive men with tattoos as healthier, while men see other men with tattoos as more attractive. The appeal of tattoos varies for different people, with some finding them sexy.

1. They Just Look Great

I personally find tattoos attractive, but I understand that not everyone shares this preference. A well-done, well-placed tattoo can enhance one's appearance. On the other hand, a poorly done or misspelled tattoo can be a turn-off.


2. They Show A Willingness To Take Risks

Getting tattoos despite the potential negative consequences such as regrets, aging, or job prospects, shows that a person is a bit of a risk-taker. They have decided to go through with it despite the concerns that others have raised.

3. They Show Commitment

Having tattoos, especially if they are well-thought-out and not impulsive or made under the influence, can indicate that a person is decisive and able to commit. This suggests that they may not struggle with commitment issues in relationships. At the very least, it shows that they are able to make firm decisions about important matters.


4. They Show Dominance

A previous study found that women perceive men with tattoos as more dominant and masculine than those without tattoos. Research has also linked tattoos to higher levels of reactive anger, verbal aggression, and rebelliousness. However, it's important to note that tattoos do not necessarily indicate a difference in proactive physical aggression, rebelliousness, or hostility. While some may find dominance attractive, it's important to be aware of potential red flags when considering someone with a "bad boy" image.


5. But They Can Also Show A Sensitive Side

Many people get tattoos purely for aesthetic reasons, while others may have a deeper personal meaning such as a tribute to a lost loved one. This can indicate a sensitive and sentimental side. However, it is best to avoid matching couple tattoos as they may serve as a constant reminder of an ex after a breakup. Additionally, a person who still has their ex's name tattooed on them may be perceived as a turn-off.


6. They Indicate That The Person Values Art

Tattoos are a form of art, and someone who takes the time to carefully select and invest in a piece for their body demonstrates good taste and appreciation for art. The quality and meaning behind the tattoos are important factors in determining their attractiveness.

7. They're An Individual

Tattoos are a form of self-expression and a way for people to make their bodies unique. When someone has tattoos, it means that no one else looks exactly like them. This is especially true when the tattoos are unique and personal, telling a story that is specific to the individual.


8. They're Creative

Many people put a lot of thought into the tattoos they get and don't choose them at random. Designing a tattoo oneself or searching for inspiration online demonstrate thought and creativity, which are attractive traits. It's not just about the appearance of the tattoo, but also the thought process behind it.

9. They're Brave Enough To Go Against The Grain

Tattoos have become less stigmatized, but some people still have a negative view of them. In particular, some men may not find tattoos on women attractive, but many tattooed women are confident and continue to get tattoos regardless of others' opinions. This shows that they are unafraid to be true to themselves and are not swayed by negative opinions. This confidence is often seen as attractive.


10. They Indicate Resilience

Tattoos can be painful to get. A study found that women find men with a high tolerance for pain more attractive as it is associated with masculinity. If someone has a tattoo in a particularly painful area, such as the ribs or a full blackout tattoo, it can be seen as a sign of strength.

11. They Can Take Care Of Themselves

Proper tattoo aftercare is crucial for maintaining the appearance of the tattoo and preventing infection. A person who takes care of their tattoos demonstrate that they are responsible and capable of taking care of themselves. This is an attractive trait in a partner as it suggests independence and maturity.


12. They're Open-minded (within Reason)

Getting tattoos and piercings can indicate that a person is open-minded and doesn't judge others based on their appearance, despite the fact that tattoos and piercings are still stigmatized. They may be used to facing assumptions based on their own tattoos and piercings. This trait can be particularly attractive to people with alternative lifestyles, as they may share similar worldviews and interests. However, it's important to be aware of any controversial tattoos that may raise red flags.