Religion and Tattoos       

 
 

Religion.  Tattoos.  Religious Tattoos.  These publications and presentations show results and insight from the ongoing research collaboration between Texas Tech and Baylor University Sociologists.

Studying the relationship between religion and tattoos, as well as the manifestation of religious tattoos and those who have them, is an emerging subset of our extensive work on body modification.  Persons of deep faith and commitment are showing others who they are by, literally, wearing their faith "on their sleeves."

Check out these links to learn what we know so far:

Koch, Jerome, and Kevin Dougherty.  Forthcoming.  “The Religious Tattoo:  Much More Than Skin Deep.”  Religion, Attire, and Adornment in North America.  New York:  Columbia University Press.  Marie Dallam and Ben Zeller, editors.  (Article availabilty pending).
 
Maloney, Patricia A., and Jerome R. Koch.  2020. "The College Student's Religious Tattoo:  Respect, Reverence, Remembrance."  Socioogical Focus 53(1)  Read accepted draft
 
Dougherty, Kevin D., and Jerome R. Koch.  2019. "Religious Tattoos at One Christian University."  Visual StudiesRead article
 
Koch, Jerome R., and Kevin D. Dougherty.  2019.  “Sensations:  Religion, Sex, Substance Use, Tattoos, and Religious Tattoos."  Presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Religious Research Association.  View presentation
 
Dougherty, Kevin D., and Jerome R. Koch.  2019.  “Do Religious People Have Tattoos? Religiosity and Tattoos in a National Sample of U.S. Adults.”  Presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Religious Research Association.  View presentation
 
Koch, Jerome R., and Alden E. Roberts.  2012.  "The Protestant Ethic and the Religious Tattoo."  The Social Science Journal 49(2): 210-213.   Read article  
 

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