People with tattoos are reckless and impulsive – just look at the mucky splodge on my arm

If all of inked humanity stood side by side, our tattoos would join up and form the giant phrase ‘DUMB IDEA’ visible from space

The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization has decided to make people who look bad feel bad, too. In the UK, a fifth of people have a tattoo and, according to new research, this means they are impulsive decision-makers and poor strategists. Well duh, as the 17-year-old pop star Billie Eilish would say. Her first tattoo was the signature of the tattoo artist Jonboy on her foot. I’ll just leave that detail there.

The idea that tattooed people are reckless, feckless and unable to make simple projections into the future strikes me as true. I have a full sleeve so ugly that even people who are intrigued by its edges offer a moue of sympathy when faced with the whole mucky splodge. I got it for no reason and it doesn’t mean anything. If all of inked humanity stood side by side, our tattoos would join up and form the giant phrase “DUMB IDEA” visible from space.

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Read more: theguardian.com