No longer will such an individual immediately take an aggressive stance with you either, according to the study. Now there is overwhelming evidence that he might very well shrink away to avoid any confrontation.
In years past, a clean bald head was often brandished by a ruffian, a gang-banger, or say, a gladiator. It comes as no surprise that the public would want to avoid such a character. In fact, the foundation had only recently updated its brochures and counselling guidelines which previously recommended staying clear of these people at all costs.
“It really says nothing about you anymore,” Saunders said. ”No one can spend a drunk weekend in Panama City without being dared by your best friend and her sister into getting some Chinese characters tattooed on your lower back”.
There are some exceptions, however. The study revealed that there are still some tattoos that will invoke justifiable fear in most people. For example:
- Religious and political icons tattooed in between the eyes – indicates that your ideology trumps the safety and well being of those around you.
- Tattoos that spread across the neck and onto the face – shows you don’t give a shit about what anyone thinks
- Branded tattoos, indicating that you’ve sold space on your body to market a product – seriously, we don’t know what to think about that
- Your dead cousin’s name or image tattooed on your shoulder and/or back – tells everyone that standing anywhere near you might be dangerous
The research indicates that now, goatees are worn by almost a third of all 30-45 year-old men as an ineffective way to draw attention from a receding hairline.
Now that these once frightening characteristics are no longer good indicators of ferocity, the Center instead instructs that you visually inspect to see if the man standing in front of you in an aggressive manner is wielding some sort of weapon, such as a knife or a gun.
“The Violence Prevention Foundation now recommends you should avoid that sort of person,” Saunders warns
Study finds tattoos, shaved heads, goatees no longer intimidating