Obsession, Inc. (2016)

A documentary which explores the reasons why people get tattoos and how thirty-two percent of people with tattoos claim to be addicted to ink.

Michael “Mikey Bones” Levesque

As of 2015, approximately fourteen percent of the American population has at least one tattoo – that’s 45 million people in the U.S. alone.

While a small percentage (17%) claim to have some regret after getting a tattoo, another thirty-two percent claim have an addiction to getting tattooed.†

Addiction is defined as “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice to something that is psychologically or physically habit forming, to such an extent that it’s cessation causes severe trauma.” ‡

Does each tattoo have a deep personal meaning as these reality tv shows would have us believe and could 14 million people really be addicted to ink?



† “Tattoo Statistics – Statistic Brain.”
2015 Statistic Brain Research Institute, publishing as Statistic Brain.
September 27th, 2015

‡ Addiction | Define Addiction at Dictionary.com