In 1936, Life magazine estimated that 6% of Americans had a tattoo. Undoubtedly, this was mostly comprised of sailors or other military personnel and likely also a carnival sideshow entertainer or two. In March 2005, The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology determined that 24% of the general U.S. population had at least one tattoo. HostGator presently has about 850 employees in Texas. We were able to wrench 619 of those Gators away from more important tasks in order to survey them. We found that 244 of the 619 had at least one tattoo. If we guesstimate the math to the best of our ability, we find that just over 40% of HostGator employees are tattooed.
In recent years, there seemed to be more and more professional athletes turning up with visible tattoos. Of the 431 players in the NBA, 233 (or roughly 54%) have tattoos. Aside from the NBA, there seems to be very little statistical information regarding tattoos as related to various industries.
In 2008, seventy percent of tattooed Americans needed to hide the ink for their jobs. Visible tattoos are essentially a non-issue at HostGator; we have non-tattooed as well as heavily-tattooed people throughout all levels of the company. You’ll find tattoos on our front-line Jr. Administrators as well as members of upper Management.
Some other interesting statistics: 17% of those who have a tattoo have considered having it removed and 5% have subsequently covered a tattoo with a different design. When broken down by political party, 15% of Democrats, 13% of Republicans and 13% of Independents are tattooed.
The Pew Research Center, in February 2010, stated that 15% of 18-25 year olds think that the increase in people being tattooed has caused a positive impact, while 60% of 18-25 year olds think that the increase in people being tattooed has caused no discernible impact. It’s been said that the only difference between a tattooed person and a non-tattooed person is that the tattooed person doesn’t at all mind that the non-tattooed person doesn’t have a tattoo.
Whether you view tattoos as an art form, a tool of rebellion or a downright disgrace it’s clearly something that is forever etched in numerous cultures and shows no sign of declining in popularity. Tattoos aren’t just for sailors, rock stars and the yakuza anymore. The doctor or EMT that saved your (or a loved ones) life might very well be tattooed. Also the police officer who pulled you over for speeding, but let you go with just a warning (this time!). The judge you had to stand before last time when the police officer wasn’t so understanding about your speeding… possibly even the lawyer who was in the courtroom that day. We now know there is a 40% chance that the HostGator System Administrator who resolved your last issue and brought your server back to life from the brink of certain death is tattooed.
Several Gators decided to share some of our tattoos with you. Please enjoy the following slideshow containing actual tattoos of actual HostGator staff, from our Houston and Austin offices: