ThinkstockOh how times have changed since The Who famously paid homage to body art as the equivalent of testosterone: "Welcome to my life, tattoo. I'm a man now, thanks to you." Tattooing is no longer seen as the exclusive domain of men and women are flocking to tattoo artists in record numbers. A study earlier this year by Oxygen Media revealed that 59 percent of people with tattoos are female, with the most popular images being hearts and angels.
The choice of an image is a totally individualized expression of personality, creativity and aesthetics. A particular picture may make a women feel pretty or sexy or powerful or artsy, and that feeling can boost her self-esteem and give her more control over how she presents herself to others.
As with other forms of self-expression, why a woman gets a tattoo and what form it takes depends on the woman.
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