Do Studies Show That Tattooed Parents Are More Likely to Neglect Their Children?

A troll’s website from 2015 named “Christians Against Tattoos” produced dubious memes that remained alive and well years later.

  • Published 23 May 2019
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Studies show that tattooed parents are more likely to abuse, neglect, and starve their children.

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Back in 2015, a “joke” website named “Christians Against Tattoos,” and its associated Facebook page, hit the internet scene, promoting a series of unsubstantiated claims about the dangers of tattoos (and, for some reason, marijuana). The people or person behind this effort created several memes that have continued to hit Snopes’ inbox years later, including claims of studies showing that tattooed individuals make for negligent parents:

That “fact”, and several others that formed the basis of additional memes, were once listed on the Christians Against Tattoos website:

  • Tattoo ink is addictive
  • Tattoo makers (commonly called INKERS) are criminals and bikie gang members
  • Tattooed parents are more than 300% more likely to abuse, neglect and starve their children
  • Over half of all overdoses are from tattoo ink and weed
  • 98% of tattoo ink contains marijuana
  • HEMP is highly addictive
  • You become addicted to ‘grass’ after a single bong injection
  • Injecting weed is extremely lethal -Over 100,000 people die of WEED overdoses every year in the U.S alone
  • Tattooists inject weed ink to get ‘inkys’ addicted and get more money
  • Tattoo money funds terrorist groups including ISIS -Children of tattooed mothers live in fear every single day.

Nothing in the above list was anywhere close to factual. The Facebook page Christians Against Tattoos is categorized as “just for fun,” and a post from the site in July 2015 contained a thinly coded message indicating that the whole operation was a joke:

“If you would like to learn the truth behind our devoted organisation,” the post concluded, “please read the words above in Capital Letters.” Those words form the following sentence: “THIS PAGE IS A COMPLETE JOKE. EVERYBODY WHO BELIEVED THIS SHOULD BE EXTREMELY EMBARRASSED.”