Nearly one in three New Yorkers has a tattoo: survey

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Nearly a third of New Yorkers have turned their famously thick skins into living canvases, with 31.4 percent of adults now sporting tattoos, according to a city Department of Health survey.

The body art-binge coincides with a surge in the amount of tattoo artists licensed to work in the city — their numbers soared from 2,482 in 2014 to 4,332 by 2018, public records show.

“Once you have one, you’re like, ‘Wow, I feel different now,’ ” said Britney Goodman, a 32-year-old artist at Brooklyn’s Allied Tattoo, explaining New Yorkers’ obsession with going under the needle. “It’s the addiction of evolving into who you are.”

Of those getting inked, women outpace men, with 34.9 percent tatted up as opposed to 27.4 percent of men, the survey found.

“I tattooed a woman who got a snake tattoo,” recalled Goodman, describing how it is increasingly common for women to walk through the doors of her Bushwick parlor.

“I think it’s cool that women come in and they don’t care if something is considered feminine or not,” she said. “Less people [are] Googling ‘tattoos for women,’ and more people [are] just getting what they want.”

Despite its trendsetting reputation, Brooklyn ranks only third among the boroughs, with 32.1 percent of residents inked.

Staten Island leads the way at 36.6 percent, narrowly edging The Bronx’s 36.4 percent, according to the tat stats.

Manhattan and Queens residents tend to opt for a more natural look, with tattoo rates of 30.2 and 27.5 percent, respectively.

Latino New Yorkers are the most likely to go under the needle, at 42.4 percent.

They are followed by black residents at 31 percent, whites at 27 percent and Asians at 17.2 percent.

New Yorkers between ages 25 and 44 are getting the most body art, with 43.5 percent tattooed, the study found.

“There’s no such thing as a crazy tattoo,” said Mel Nieves, owner of Norwinds Bar in Bushwick, who has five tattoos of his own, including a religious piece on his shoulder.

“It’s addicting,” said Nieves, 40.

But it doesn’t always work out — 16.7 percent of those who have gotten a tattoo have ended up getting one removed, most often by laser, the study found.

Goodman — who said she’d have to stop and count the number of tattoos lining her body — insisted that the best way to avoid regret is to consider a professional’s advice before getting inked in the first place.

“You do your best to educate them, try and tell them why it might look bad and give them as much information as you can,” she said. “At the end of the day, they’re wearing it, not me.”