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In America, the percentage of people with tattoos is 42% for adults.

Percentage of people with tattoos in Canada: 38% of adults.

Percentage of people with tattoos in Ireland: 36% of adults.

Percentage of people with tattoos in UK: 29% of adults.


Number of tattoo parlors in the U.S. 21,000.

Average cost of a small tattoo $45.

National average cost of tattooing $100 per hour.

Percentage of tattooed people who feel the tattoo meaning is the most important factor is 43%.

Percentage of people with cover up tattoos is 5%.



The following tattoos in the workplace statistics specifically cover tattoo discrimination statistics.



Countries you can be arrested in or fined for certain illegal religious, political or racial tattoos is 13. (Primarily Socialist and Islamic countries.)

Tattoos in America are a form of expression and are protected from criminal law by the Constitution, but are not federally protected in the workplace.


The job industry with highest percentage of tattooed staff is the military.

The occupation with the second highest rate of tattooed employees is agriculture.

The occupation with the most lenient tattoo and piercing policies is the government.

However, only 8% of government employees have ink or piercings.


76% of employees feel tattoos and piercings hurt your job interview chances. 

However, 73% of people say they would hire staff that had visible tattoos.

6% of tattooed people say they wouldn’t hire someone with visible ink.

Only 4% of tattooed or pierced people say they've actually faced discrimination in their current job.


States with the highest percentage of tattoo discrimination statistics are South Carolina, Oklahoma and Florida.

States with the most piercing and tattoo friendly public opinion are Montana, Colorado and California.

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  • In America, piercing statistics show the percentage of people who have had piercings is 61% for adults (including ear cartilage piercings).

  • Percentage of Americans who have had pierced ears is 83%.

  • Most popular piercing for women is the navel.

  • Second most popular piercing for women is the nose.

  • Most popular piercing for men is the ear (other than the earlobe).

  • Second most popular piercing for men is the eyebrow.

  • Record for most body piercings is 6,005 held by Elaine Davidson.



  • Tattoo statistics show tattoo popularity has grown 13% since 2007.

  • Number of people with 2 or more tattoos as doubled since 2007.

  • Women under 35 are almost 50% more likely to have tattoos than men under 35.

  • Senior men are 71% more likely to have tattoos than senior women.

  • The top 5 most popular locations for tattoos are 1) lower back 2) wrist 3) foot 4) ankle 5) armband

  • The most tattooed man in the world is Gregory Paul McLaren with 100% of his body tattooed.



Most unique tattooed employee STAPAW has featured: Astronaut.

Most interesting STAPAW story: Someone in critical condition refused service because the paramedic had tattoos.

Major corporations that changed their dress code last year: 28

Small businesses that changed their dress code last year: 100's

Countries we featured employees from: 21

How many countries have STAPAW followers: 68

Almost 30% of our volunteers and staff don't have tattoos or piercings.

The STAPAW movement stats for petitions are 60% of signers don’t have any ink or piercings.

Employees this year who can now have tattoos and piercings at work: 420,600.


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