Study: Body Art and Deviant Behavior

bodysparkleJan 26, '10

An article in last week’s Chicago Tribune examined a new, controversial study that purportedly found a link between tattoos, piercings and “trouble”:

Here’s a new aphorism: “The more body art you have, the more likely you are to be involved in deviance.”

So says Jerome Koch, a sociologist with Texas Tech University’s “Body Art Team” — true moniker — which surveyed 1,753 students at four colleges and found a correlation between multiple tattoos or piercings and “deviant behavior.”

The severally inked or poked at the unnamed Midwestern and Southern colleges said they engaged in, roughly speaking, more promiscuity, more drug use, more binge drinking, more arrests and more cheating on academics than their peers.

While the study does not imply that having a tattoo or pierce causes a deviant behavior per se, it does argue that the two activities are correlated. What do you think, BodySparklers? Is there a correlation between body art and deviant behavior? Are people likely to engage in deviant behavior more likely to get tattoos or piercings? Or, can you not judge a book by its cover? Tell us in the comments!

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