The Psychology of Tattoos


A Thai tattoo master carves a tattoo on a devotee's back with a long needle during the celebration of the annual Tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra on March 15, 2014 in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. Igor Bilic/Moment/Getty
A Thai tattoo master carves a tattoo on a devotee's back with a long needle during the celebration of the annual Tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra on March 15, 2014 in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. Igor Bilic/Moment/Getty

Do you have a tattoo? If so, you probably have an interesting story to go with it, or some personal insight into just what the design and the experience mean to you. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian discuss the science of tattoos and the psychology behind why we get them and how the world sees us afterwards.

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Kiev, UKRAINE: Visitors at the 3rd International Tattoo and Piercing Festival in Kiev look at the tattoos of a man 09 February 2007.
Kiev, UKRAINE: Visitors at the 3rd International Tattoo and Piercing Festival in Kiev look at the tattoos of a man 09 February 2007.
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Topics in this Podcast: tattoos, psychology, biology