Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Tattooed People: More or Less Fun?

Either researchers have found that people with tattoos drink more than people without tattoos OR people with tattoos have to be drunk before they agree to participate in studies as opposed to tattoo-less people who get the tiniest buzz going and suddenly they're blowing into every breathalyzer they meet? (The study does not ask the most important question, however: what kind of tattoos are we talking about?)

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Pretty sure if I follow through on my Deryk Thomas burning rabbit child tattoo (http://i.imgur.com/Atzgb.jpg), it will make me less fun.


Oh, my gosh. @j


My anecdata for the day is this: I, as a tattooed person, have found courtesy of another Hairpin thread that I do not drink NEARLY enough.


@DH@twitter Agreed. I have plenty of tattoos and I rarely drink (which may be due to my anemic social life).



Seriously, seven drinks a week?? Seven drinks a month if I'm lucky. :(


Well, yeah, I mean they have to get up the courage to go through with the tattooing somehow, right?


@iceberg psh - it's illegal to tattoo someone while intoxicated in most states. true facts!


@SheWhoReadsInSkirts yeah, but they also can't tell if you took a couple vicodin ahead of time [HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you're getting something your ribs. The outlining session, first 45 minutes: "Oh yeah I'm tough, the pain is important or something." Last 45 minutes: "Oh god I'm taking painkillers before I get this colored in"]

george glass

That said, I have some jalapeños macerating in honey to make tequila drinks with this weekend.

Lenora Jane

@george glass I have some envy macerating in my brain to wish I were you with this weekend.


@george glass WHY! explain with links plz

george glass

@LeafySeaDragon I just had a sample, without the mezcal. It was magical.

(Serves 1)
2 oz. reposado tequila
1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. jalapeño honey
1/4 oz. mezcal, such as Sombra
Cayenne pepper-pickled green bean, such as Rick’s Picks, for garnish

Jalepeno Honey
(Yields approx. 8 ounces)
4-5 jalapeños, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
8 oz. honey
2 oz. tequila

Add tequila, lime juice, and honey to an ice-filled shaker. Add mezcal to cocktail glass, fill with ice, then add four to five ounces of water. Set aside. Shake tequila mixture, then pour mezcal and ice out of glass. Strain tequila mixture into glass. Garnish with green bean.

Jalepeno Honey
Muddle or smash jalapeños, then combine in a medium bowl with honey and tequila. Store covered in refrigerator for two to three days, then pour mixture through a fine strainer into a bottle or jar with lid. Store any leftover honey in refrigerator.

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I don't have tattoos and I drink much less than the average person, but I still engage in risky behaviors and DAMMIT, DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT FUN.

Quinn A@twitter

@jen325 Yeah, I almost never drink at all, but I do risky things and have crazier sober stories than most people have drunk stories. We are totally still fun! *high fives you*

(I do have tattoos, though)

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@Quinn A@twitter HELL YEAH *high-five* I'm going to go have unprotected sex, smoke a joint, and exceed the speed limit!



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@Craftastrophies Haha, I can't tell whether or not you're being sarcastic, but I'm going to go with not because I like you. And...y'know...because you speak the truth.


@jen325 :D I was. I forget that it's hard to tell. I KNOW that you are fun, without making dodgy choices :)

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@Craftastrophies Aww, thanks! You're fun too! If I ever decide to take a trip to Australia we can have non-dodgy fun together!

The Lady of Shalott

I have tattoos and I'm drunk right now!

In the middle of the afternoon, working, while at the university library.


@The Lady of Shalott

Dammit, my liquid library lunch is Dr Pepper.


@The Lady of Shalott: "It must've been cold there in my shadow..."


@The Lady of Shalott Hiiii, twin. (Tons of tattoos, grabbing a (lol 'a') beer with lunch next hour, and working at a library.)


@The Lady of Shalott As an academic librarian, I have to say... where are you, and will you share?


I hate when people draw conclusions from studies that have no clear conclusions. All we know are correlations, article! Warning that "educators, parents and physicians consider tattoos and piercings as potential 'markers' of drinking, using them to begin a conversation about alcohol consumption and other risky behaviors" is obnoxious. How about, "if you have kids, begin a conversation about alcohol consumption or other risky behaviors." Kids need those conversations, body mods or no.

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@SarahP You're so reasonable! You must be a teetotaller with no tattoos.

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@jen325 Tattooed Teetotalers will be the name of my next band.

Summer Somewhere

@SarahP Now in correlation studies: pet owners eat more cereal! What does that mean? News at 11.


@jen325 I--


Well, I married a very tattooed person who's super into beer, so that counts for something.

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I don't really drink much at all (but I'm still fun, I promise!) and I have been mulling over a tattoo for the last year. So, that's my anecdata for the day.

Lenora Jane

Tattooless drunkard here! I love contradicting the headline conclusions of studies I haven't actually read yet.


@Lenora Jane that's the fun part of the internet. yell TLDR!!!! and flounce and spout useless anecadata.

Lenora Jane

@LeafySeaDragon I may possibly have plopped a (self-deprecating! In reference to my own verbosity!) TL;DR into an e-mail to my boss the other day? Whoops. She just sort of...let it pass without comment? Whether out of confusion or disdain I will never know.


i have a moderate amount of tattoos (?) (five of them?) and i am no fun at all. so take that, study.


And people with tattoos in MFA programs drink the most of all.


i never got the hang of drinking until the last few years (when i discovered the joy of one, possibly two drinks and not chugging shots...) before that i was the girl who drank, puked, then passed out. no tattoos when i was drunk and passing out though, study is a FAIL!


So... this study claims that people who have tattoos drink more BUT THEN it says not to stereotype tattooed people as heavy drinkers... I'm confused. Possibly drunk. Definitely tattooed.

Kate Kane

Share time! I did most of my heavier drinking pre-tattoos. Which either means I started drinking early or tattooing late - reader's choice!


@Kate Kane Me too! I'd gone more or less teetotal (never could resist a cocktail that tastes like dessert, still can't) by the time I was 20 - that first year of university did it - and started getting tattoos at 30. I have more fun than you can shake a stick at, and don't even have booze as an excuse for my more questionable 'oh fuck it, I'm doing it' decisions!

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