When it comes to tattoos, Florida’s male inmates are five times more likely to get a dog tattoo than their female counterparts. Female inmates prefer cats two to one over men. I know this because one of the great things about working for Civis is finding and working with interesting datasets and a favorite of mine has been from the Florida Department of Corrections which keeps public records about various offenders. One bit of information that is recorded is tattoos, and the availability of such a great dataset deserved a closer look. Below is a graph of the popularity vs gender ratios of common animals (including some mythical) in tattoos.
Because there are many more men than women in the dataset, an equal weight is given to both groups, so averaging the popularity between men and women we see that dragons are the most popular (mythical) animal appearing in tattoos. As far as non-mythical beasts, the state animal, the panther, is well represented, coming in as the second most common tattoo animal.
However the graph above does leave out one animal. Valuing popularity of tattoos equally between men and women, by far the most popular animals to appear in tattoos are butterflies. Nearly 15% of women with a recorded tattoo have butterfly tattoos. Despite its popularity with women, it is not a big hit among men. The female to male ratio for butterfly tattoos is nearly 32:1. Here is the same graph including butterflies.
Written by Dennis Hume