Tattoos and piercings – who has them and how much did they spend?

aveburysarsenTNThis is the fourth article about the results of the BDSM and Money Survey. I asked people to say how much they had spent, since their interest in BDSM began, on tattoos and piercings.

Hands across the sea

There is little difference between the likelihood that US or UK citizens would spend money on imagestattoos or permanent piercings, just that US respondents were a little more likely to have imgresboth. Around a third in both countries have either or both.


Gender differences

Women in the survey appeared considerably more likely to have spent money on tattoos or permanent piercings than men.

26% of men had spent money on tattoos and 42% of women (if you exclude people who earn money from BDSM the proportion of women who said they had spent money on tattoos went down to 35%; for men it stayed the same).


images-116% of men had spent money on permanent piercings. The proportion was much higher for women: 40% of women had spent money on piercings (if you exclude people who earn money from BDSM the proportion of women who said they had spent money on piercings declined to 30%; for men it stayed the same – 16%).

Almost all of those who had spent any money on piercings or tattoos had spent £/$500 or less. Women were slightly more likely than men to have spent more on than £/$500 on. tattoos.


BDSM Orientation

Only switches said they were more likely to have spent money on permanent piercings (36%) than tattoos (32%). However, across all orientations the difference is low between the two types of body modification.


The dataset

390 people answered this question. 263 said they were from the UK and 104 said they were from the USA. 165 said they were male and 208, female. 131 said they were tops/dominants, 82 said they were switches and 178 said they were bottoms or submissives. Other options were available for country of origin or gender but I’ve not included them in the analysis.

A note on currency

I’ve made no attempt to align spending between US or UK respondents – it’s not just a question of interest rates changing, it’s also that $ seem to buy more in the US, generally, than £ do in the UK – so the figures are only of very general interest. I also reckon some respondents spoofed the figures – which is regrettable.

Other BDSM and Money Articles

BDSM and Money – first results

I’d rather have a pizza with my kids in Ibiza – priorities for spending

BDSM as a spending priority – Female Tops or Dominants rate it as more important

BDSM and money survey – what did people say their income was?


The BDSM surveys

Author: Belasarius

I possess the submission of curvy_bottom, we have a medium protocol, D/s relationship - based on the feeling that we are equa and opposite and that we love each other.

8 thoughts on “Tattoos and piercings – who has them and how much did they spend?”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s News

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

The Pageist

One person's perversion is another's normality. --Julie Peakman

Magiksub's Blog

Smile! Soon…….

A dominant and submissive life

By Belasarius and curvy bottom, a British BDSM couple

Dispatches From Dystopia

"What man by worrying can add one cubit to his span of years?"


Our ordinary lives in an open marriage


"a dievca's World" --- exploring the sensual side of Fashion, Style, submission and Life.


The greatest aim to please Him!

Bondage Love

A place to discuss love, relationships, and sex!

Getting Little in the Middle

Info and experience diminishing waistlines with corsetry, by a corset professional and fanatic

The DD Side of Things

The ins and outs of my journey with my husband into our Domestic Discipline Lifestyle!

The Joyful Submissive

Everyone is either fucking everyone, fucking no one, or fucking just one. There there's me.

"Boys in Our Books"...

...we're keeping our name but expanding our offerings!

Submitted To Him

I'm Finally Surrendering...

Shamelessly Guiltless

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” ~Oscar Wilde


BDSM, Dark Fantasy and Horror Stories by Venom

KinkyLittleGirl - On Abuse and BDSM

A compendium of resources and thoughts about abuse in the BDSM world, and a lot about abuse in general that is useful regardless of one's sexual preferences.


scream to god for death by drowning for one salt taste of the sea once more

A Dominants and submissives Rants & Raves

A Dominant & a submissive shares thoughts, personal stories & experiences.

%d bloggers like this: