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Tattoos have been popular for a long time, but among millennials at large, and veterans in particular, they’re far more mainstream than they once were. From vividly beautiful artwork to service-related ink and unit insignias, and those tribal tats that were huge in the 1990s — tattoos are fucking everywhere.
Now, thanks to the miracle of science, we know why, and it has a lot to do with getting laid.
According to a new study published in Personality and Individual Differences, chicks dig tattoos, and what’s more, ink also intimidates other same-sex rivals — probably guys without tattoos, or those who have shitty ones.
Researchers at the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Poland recruited 215 male and 2,369 female participants (good ratio) for the study through social media, notes Playboy, which dove into the study recently. The participants, who were exclusively straight, and on average 25 years old, were shown photos of tattooed and non-tattooed men and asked to rate them.
The men were rated on a five-point scale which included: health, attractiveness, masculinity, dominance, aggression, and the potential for being a good partner and a good parent.
The women in the study rated men with tattoos as appearing healthier — interestingly enough, repeated tattooing has in fact been shown to help bolster the immune system — but not more or less attractive. Alternatively, men rated guys with tattoos as being more attractive to women, indicating that men with tattoos are seen as a greater threat in the dating world.
Both men and women saw ink as a sign of dominance and aggression, and really that’s not shocking. Tattoos are often associated with rebels and bad boys, and rebels and bad boys have always been associated with being tough, badass, and with getting the girl.
However, the women in the study tended to see tattooed men as short term partners, rather than as husband or father material, which is a bit harsh, because this is all about perception here. It’s not like having a tattoo actually makes you a badass or a tough guy, or that being inked means you’re going to be a loose cannon or a bad partner. That’s the same jacked up logic that’s used to justify the military’s absurd tattoo restrictions. Oh wait, I see a trend here, something about perception being reality.
In the end, the study seems to confirm what a lot of us already suspected: tats will probably help get you laid, but they might not get you married, which for some guys may be a blessing. So, depending on what you’re after, this may impact your decision to get a little ink (or a lot of it.)
A big stereotype surrounding U.S. service members and veterans is that they are defined only by their military service, from buying "Dysfunctional Veteran" t-shirts to playing hard-boiled, high-octane first-person shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty (we honestly have no idea where anyone could get that impression).
But the folks at OSD (formerly called Operation Supply Drop), a non-profit veteran service organization that aims to help troops and vets connect with each other through free video games, service programs and other activities, recently found that most of the gamers they've served actually prefer less military-centric fare like sports games and fantasy RPGs.
A new documentary series about Clint Lorance pits the infantry officer convicted of murder against his former soldiers
The fog of war, just kills, and war crimes are the focus of a new documentary series coming to STARZ. Titled Leavenworth, the six-part series profiles 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, the Army infantry officer who was convicted on murder charges for ordering his soldiers to fire on three unarmed Afghan men on a motorcycle, killing two and wounding the third, while deployed to the Zhari district in Kandahar province, on July 2, 2012.
A Vietnam vet found covered in ant bites is forcing the Atlanta VA to finally reckon with years of dangerous practices
Dawn Brys got an early taste of the crisis unfolding at the largest Veterans Affairs hospital in the Southeast.
The Air Force vet said she went to the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur last year for surgery on a broken foot. But the doctor called it off because the surgical instruments hadn't been properly sterilized.
"The tools had condensation on them," recalled Brys, a 50-year-old Marietta resident. The doctor rescheduled it for the next day.
Now the 400-plus-bed hospital on Clairmont Road that serves about 120,000 military veterans is in a state of emergency. It suspended routine surgeries in late September after a string of incidents that exposed mismanagement and dangerous practices. It hopes to resume normal operations by early November as it struggles to retrain staff and hire new nurses.
The partial shutdown came about two weeks after Joel Marrable, a cancer patient in the same VA complex, was found covered with more than 100 ant bites by his daughter. Also in September, the hospital's canteen was temporarily closed for a pest investigation.
The mounting problems triggered a leadership shakeup Sept. 17, when regional director Leslie Wiggins was put on administrative leave. Dr. Arjay K. Dhawan, the regional medical director, was moved to administrative duties pending an investigation. Seven staff members were reassigned to non-patient care.
The only question for some military veterans and staff is why the VA waited so long. They say problems existed for years under Wiggins' leadership, but little was done.
The former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs thinks that the VA needs to start researching medical marijuana. Not in a bit. Not soon. Right goddamn now.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim — debunked as a conspiracy theory — about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday, the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection.
Trump and administration officials had denied for weeks that they had demanded a "quid pro quo" - a Latin phrase meaning a favor for a favor - for delivering the U.S. aid, a key part of a controversy that has triggered an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives against the Republican president.
But Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, acknowledged in a briefing with reporters that the U.S. aid — already approved by Congress — was held up partly over Trump's concerns about a Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer server alleged to be in Ukraine.
"I have news for everybody: Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy," Mulvaney said.