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J Adolesc Health. 2008 Feb;42(2):201-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2007.09.014. Epub 2007 Dec 21.

Body art (body piercing and tattooing) among undergraduate university students: "then and now".

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Division of Sports Medicine, Pace University, Pleasantville, New York 10570, USA. lmayers@pace.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To survey the prevalence of body art and incidence of medical complications among university students comparing results in 2001 and 2006.

METHODS:

Students reported body piercings and tattoos and occurrence of medical complications.

RESULTS:

Prevalence of body piercing was 51% and tattooing 22%. Piercing medical complication incidence was 19%. No tattooing medical complications occurred.

CONCLUSIONS:

Body art is prevalent among undergraduate university students, with prevalence essentially unchanged during two consecutive 5-year samples. Medical complications occur frequently among those with piercings.

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