The findings. Additionally, the participants were asked whether they had ever thought about — or attempted — suicide. So, what’d the findings show? The researchers discovered that for women, self-esteem went up as the number of tattoos went up.
The findings. Paradoxically, however, as the women’s self-esteem went up, so did their reported levels of depression. "And women with higher numbers of tattoos were also more likely to have attempted suicide,” according to Refinery 29. "In particular, the rate of suicide attempts in women with at least four tattoos was four times higher than that of women with no tattoos."
Healing trauma. Though the researchers weren’t quite whether the ink itself was responsible for the boost in self-esteem, the authors behind the study believe women might be using tattoos to heal trauma. "Just as breast cancer survivors and abuse victims acquire tattoos and piercings to restore physical losses," the authors explained, "we think the women in our study may be trying to restore emotional losses with more tattoos."