San Francisco, CA – In the city of San Francisco’s tattoo parlors, a tattoo is seen as a sign of status and wealth, not as an expensive item.
But that is about to change.
A new study from Next Big Futures, a research firm, has found that more than half of tattooists in San Francisco will now go to tattoo shops, often for less than the $200 needed to get an expensive tattoo.
The study, which surveyed more than 1,000 tattoo artists, also found that nearly half of the tattooers said they were satisfied with their tattoo experience.
The research also showed that there is a significant overlap between tattooing and sex work.
“Tattooing and other sex work can have a similar effect on your mental health,” the study’s lead author, Dr. David Mancuso, said in a statement.
“We are seeing more and more people seeking to escape their work-related trauma by seeking relief from their own body-image issues through a tattoo.”
The researchers found that only 9 percent of the respondents who were tattooed by a licensed sex worker in San Diego and San Francisco agreed that they would go to the tattoo parlance if it was free.
The results are based on a survey conducted in January of 1,037 tattoo artists in San Jose, Santa Clara and San Jose.
According to Next Big, more than 2,000 of those tattooers had a tattoo in 2016.
The study also found significant differences in the types of tattoos tattooed, the price of the tattoos, the type of client and the overall experience.
For instance, one in five tattooists said they paid $200 to get their first tattoo, while a third said they would pay $500 or more for a second.
And of the men who said they did not have a tattoo, one third said their experience was worse than if they had one.
The data also showed significant differences based on race, age and gender.
The survey found that about two-thirds of the male tattooers (64 percent) said they had never had a female partner, while the majority of black and Hispanic tattooers were never sexually active.
But tattooing is a profession where women tend to outnumber men, according to Next, and the results of the study suggest that those who are tattooed may be at a higher risk of sexually transmitted infections.
“Our study showed that women who have had a sex partner are at a greater risk of contracting STIs and HPV,” said Mancuseo.
“This is why it is important for tattooists to educate their clients on the importance of their partner and that they should not be ashamed to ask for a tattoo as part of their commitment to being a healthy, empowered and empowered person.”
The survey also found many tattooers did not use condoms during their sessions.
About one-third of tattooers and women said they used condoms during the sessions.
The researchers said this was due to a combination of concerns about the HIV epidemic, the stigma attached to having sex with a man and the cost of the drugs used.
The report did not provide an explanation for why fewer tattooists than previous years were willing to use condoms.
But Dr. Jennifer Schafer, an associate professor at UCSF School of Medicine and a co-author of the paper, said the lack of condom use during sessions may be due to concerns that people may not be able to afford the drug.
“This could be an issue with those who may be considering getting a tattoo or who are not comfortable using condoms in public spaces,” Schafer said.
The findings are important, Schafer added.
“The stigma around sex work, stigma around women’s sexuality, is something that needs to change.”
The study was published in the journal Sexual Health.