Carson listed a number of features that implied a "negative" meaning for a tattoo. The author is from Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.


A tattoo was considered negative if it entailed:

(1) a frightening scene

(2) acts of violence

(3) an ominous message

(4) depiction of a Grim Reaper or death

(5) depiction of a devil, demon or monster

(6) depiction of a skull

(7) weapon(s)

(8) threatening gang sign

(9) an explicitly negative statement

(10) depiction of a suicide



• I would include many prison-type tattoos as being negative.


A person with no tattoos tends to live longer than a person with any tattoos. A person with a negative tattoo tends to die before someone with non-negative tattoos.


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