7 Benefits Of Having Tattoos

They can actually make you healthier!
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1. They could make you healthier. 

One study in the American Journal of Human Biology suggests that people with other tattoos have a better immune response to new tattoos than people who are getting first-time tattoos. So, basically tattoos are the same as french fries: the more the merrier!

2. Tattoos can improve your chances of being hired. 

According to a study presented Wednesday at the British Sociological Association, 192 people with managerial experience were recruited to rate images of people both with and without tattoos. In the results, the managers believe tattooed employees could attract a young clientele, making businesses hip and relevant and cool daddy-o, as the kids say.  

3. They get your feel-good chemicals going. 

The rush of adrenaline and the released endorphins too brought on by your body’s chemical response to pain can produce a delightful natural head and body high. 


4. They could improve your self-image for weeks after you get them. 

According to one study, the effect lasted longer on men, but that's likely because some women started to worry what other people think of their tattoo. Which is bullshit; the Japanese word for Pickled Turnip looks lovely on your back hump! 

5. Getting tattooed together is a bonding experience. 

Getting matching tattoos isn't just for drunk sorority sisters on spring break, it actually helps people feel closer together. So go ahead, spend countless hours on Pinterest's matching tattoos page. I know I just did. Shit, I have to get back to work.

6. They can cover up stuff you don't love on your body and make you more confident. 

Take for instance, birth marks or stretch marks or a tattoo of your shitty ex that says, "Ryan's Lady" into "Ryan's Crazy!" Voila! (Or something more creative and smart. Or you can just get it removed.)

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7. It's art on your body and that basically makes you a walking museum. 

This one isn't backed up by any scientific study, it's just a dope observation I made. I love your tattoos!

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors. 

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