Tattoos Are Totally Mainstream Now, Just Look At The Biebs, Rihanna And Everyone On Best Ink 2!

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

Just in time for the upcoming premiere of "Best Ink 2," Oxygen conducted a study that concluded that 85% of Americans think tattoos are totally NBD. But, you already knew that, right? As do Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Dame Helen Mirren and a slew of starlets with dainty hand tats. But there are also some really interesting/funny points that came out of the research (side note: field work for this report must have been pretty fun, no?), so read on for the details and to see what host Pete Wentz has to say about it all.

So yeah, to sum it up, tats aren't just a subversive hobby, now they're an art form—which is totally showcased in the upcoming "Best Ink 2" challenges. And tattoo artists actually rank higher than rockers, photographers and graffiti artists (talkin' to you, Banksy) in terms of skill level. The pressure's on, contestants.

So it's more common these days to find a celebrity with a tattoo, as opposed to without. Especially musicians.


“Musicians and tattoos are like peanut butter and jelly—they go together really well," says Pete. “I remember when I first saw the Guns N' Roses "Appetite for Destruction" album cover and I thought that would make a cool tattoo. I think music and tattoos have been influencing each other for a long time.”

The majority of people polled also felt like getting inked would be a sound form of repentance for the disgraced, like, Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant. To quote the report:

Americans believe they should pay the piper with 59 percent saying that Lance has a hidden tattoo, and 18 percent feel if it doesn’t already say “I’m sorry,” it should.


The questions got a little political in nature, too. Apparently, 88% think that President Obama would support the people's right to ... have a tattoo. However, 71% of those polled believed that POTUS would strongly not be in favor of Sasha or Malia getting inked.

So with all this tattoo mania going on right now, it's the perfect time to get yourself ready to watch the very society-embraced art form in action, starting on Wed., Apr. 3 at 10/9c!

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