Self-reported tattoo prevalence and motivations in transgender adults: a cross-sectional survey
- Author(s): Ragmanauskaite, Laura;
- Kim, Jin;
- Zhang, Qi;
- Luk, Kevin M;
- Getahun, Darios;
- Silverberg, Michael J;
- Goodman, Michael;
- Yeung, Howa
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/D32612051353
Purpose: To assess the prevalence and motivations for obtaining tattoos among transgender persons. Methods: A survey of 696 transgender persons recruited from the Study of Transition, Outcomes, and Gender (STRONG) cohort evaluated the prevalence of tattoos and motivations for acquiring tattoos. Results: Transmasculine persons were more likely than transfeminine persons to have tattoos (66.5% versus 24.0%, P<0.05). Most commonly reported motivators were personal preference, aesthetics, and/or symbolism (61.8%). Scar coverage and replacement of anatomic features accounted for 10.2% of responses. Conclusion: Future studies should look into the relationship between tattoos and health status in the transgender population.