Marks the first time in history economists ever cleared anything up.

“I make REALLY bad decisions.”

If the left knuckle has a tattoo reading “hate” and the right knuckle says “love”, then the forehead really should say “impulsive and reckless”.

People who have a visible tattoo are more likely to act in haste and to fail to think through the consequences of their actions, according to a study of more than 1,000 people.

The research was conducted because of an apparent paradox. Numerous studies have shown that employers and society at large discriminate against tattooed people. Yet the tattoo, once “largely reserved for criminals, sailors and circus freaks”, has undergone a rise in popularity that “constitutes one of the most significant cultural trends in the West”, the economists behind the research write.

So, the gist of it is, that getting yourself inked is growing in popularity, notwithstanding the solid evidence that employers and the public in general discriminate against those people who have them.  The same economists have suggested setting up housing communities for people with tattoos.  It would also be open to other individual who ignore overwhelming data and engage in behaviors against their own self-interest.  They want to call the community an Insane Asylum.  Apparently the first such community is filling up faster than a retirement home in Florida.

One tattoo recipient expressed regret, however.  “About 15 years ago, I got a pretty little butterfly inked on my lower back.  Now it just looks like an angry Pterodactyl.  But I’m thinking about another inking on the back of my hand.  That will be so cool.”