Andrzej Galbarczyk and Anna Ziomkiewic examined whether tattoos made men more attractive.
In their research, they took photos of non-tattooed men and digitally modified them to add a black arm tattoo of an abstract, neutral design. They then presented the photos to 2584 men and women and had viewers rate the photos with and without the tattoo in several categories.
Women rated tattooed versions of the men as healthier but not more or less attractive than the men without tattoos. On the other hand, men rated tattooed versions of the men as more attractive but not more or less healthy compared with photos of the men without the tattoos.