Being openly gay is like getting a tattoo. Once the deed is done and you put it out there for the world to see, there’s no turning back; except for laser removal and reparative therapy (and while the former may work, the latter is pretty much discredited, unless you’re Ted Haggard).
Although hard statistics are elusive, an anecdotal survey recently taken at a mixed straight/gay summertime cookout revealed that a disproportionate amount of gay men seem to be owners of inked bodywork. On the other hand, maybe the fact that we’ll use any feeble excuse to take our shirts off in public just makes it seem as if we have more tats than the general population.
Check out the full article, but it seems to be very true that there are more gay men that have tattoos, especially large ones, than straight men.
I do disagree with the reason they give, being that we are vane and just like to take our shirts off. I would say it more likely has to do with the fact that we’re already “different” and not afraid of how people will perceive us if we get a tattoo. I think there is also the idea that a tattoo could increase someone’s perceived masculinity, and many gay men already feel they need to be hyper-masculine to the extreme.
It’s a great article and gave me some things to think about. If you have any other good tattoo articles (even if they aren’t gay), email me.