You will always be with me: an exploration of the prevalence and perceptions of memorial tattoos

Burden, Kaitlyn M. (2014) You will always be with me: an exploration of the prevalence and perceptions of memorial tattoos. Bachelor's thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Memorial tattoos are an increasingly common personal act of remembrance. This study investigated the prevalence and perceptions of memorial tattoos through an online questionnaire. A sample of 306 participants (245 women, 34 men, and 27 unspecified) with a mean age of 31.50 years (ranging from 19-75) voluntarily participated in the study. While 52.6% of the participants reported having a non-memorial tattoo, 18.3% reported having a memorial tattoo. Overall, the perceptions of memorial tattoos were more positive than non-memorial tattoos, with 96.3% receiving positive feedback, compared to 79.7% for non-memorial tattoos. Participants perceived memorial tattoos as less disturbing, less stigmatized by society, and more acceptable in the workplace compared to non-memorial tattoos. Participants perceived people with memorial tattoos as less likely to participate in risky and unhealthy behaviours than those with non-memorial tattoos. Grieving participants were significantly more likely to agree that memorial tattoos were an appropriate way to remember a deceased loved one than participants who were not currently grieving. Participants who were grieving and had a tattoo agreed portraits were more acceptable for memorial tattoos than participants who were grieving and did not have a tattoo. Memorial tattoos were perceived more positively than non-memorial tattoos, and the characteristics of having a tattoo or currently grieving the death of a loved one further improved these perceptions.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's)
Item ID: 8411
Additional Information: Includes bibliographic references (pages 32-34).
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Arts and Social Science > Psychology
Date: 2014
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Tattooing--Public opinion; Tattooing--Psychological aspects; Tattooing--Social aspects; Self-perception

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