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
(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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