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                                  The Body Art Team

We are a small group of scholars that, in the Fall of 1999, began gathering data regarding college students' attitudes toward, and experiences with tattoos and body piercing.  Our work is interdisciplinary.  We are published in journals for sociologists, psychologists, nurses, and physicians.  One of the articles received the 2002 Annual Dermatology Nurses Writers Award. We also received a Writing Award from AWHONN Lifelines in 2007.  We have had many requests from all over the world that our work be made available, hence, this web page.  Pass the word! 

Some recent activity:

Dr. Armstrong's  Editorial Response   to a British law defining genital "Piercing" as a kind of "Mutilation."   
A new article - among the first - concerning Religious Tattoos.  Read Article
An interesting analysis of the motivations and consequences of Genital Piercing.   Read Article    Editorial Comment and Authors' Response
Some clarity on the complex relationship between Body Art and Deviance
 Read Article
Concerning the removal of tattoos and body piercings. 
Read Article  

In addition to many local and regional media, we've been quoted/cited:   The Economist    Esquire     Newsweek      MSNBC    Chicago Tribune 
                                                                 
Washington Post,  Boston Globe   National Geographic   Time Magazine    Cosmopolitan  

If you have questions about our work, or would like information about our team, email us at:

    Myrna Armstrong                       Jerry Koch                     Al Roberts                       Donna Owen                    
    myrna.armstrong@ttuhsc.edu      jerome.koch@ttu.edu     alden.roberts@ttu.edu     donna.owen@ttuhsc.edu    

Our Published Work:

32.  Owen, Donna C., Myrna L. Armstrong, Jerome R. Koch, and Alden E. Roberts.  2013.  "College Students With Body Art: Well Being Or Higher Risk Behavior?" Journal of Psychosocial Nursing 51(10) 20-28.  Read Article 

31.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Jane Tustin, Donna C. Owen, Jerome R. Koch, and Alden E. Roberts.  2013.   “Body Art Education:  The Earlier the Better.”  Journal of School Nursing 30(1): 12-18.   Read Article   

30.  Carlson, Valeria P., Everett J. Lehman, and Myrna L. Armstrong.  2012.  "Tattooing Regulations in U.S. States, 2011."  Journal of Environmental Health 75(3):30-37.  Read Article

29.  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

28.  Nelius, Thomas, Myrna L. Armstrong, Katherine Rinard, Cathy Young, LaMicha Hogan, and Elayne Angel.  2011.  "Genital Piercings:  Diagnostic and Therapeutic Implications for Urologists."  Urology 78:  998-1008.   Read Article       Editorial Comment and Authors' Response

27.  Hogan, LaMicha, Cathy Young, Wrennah Gabbert, and Myrna L. Armstrong.  2011.  “Unique predisposing factors for male urinary tract infections.”  Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 23: 525-529. Read Article

26.  Rinard, Katherine, Thomas Nelius, LaMicha Hogan, Cathy Young, Alden Roberts, and Myrna Armstrong.  2010.  "Cross-Sectional Study Examining Four Types of Male Penile and Unrethral 'Play.'"  Urology 76: 1326-1333.   Read Article

25.  Hogan, LaMicha, Katherine Rinard, Cathy Young, Alden E. Roberts, Myrna L. Armstrong, and Thomas Nelius.  2010.  "A Cross-Sectional Study of Men With Genital Piercings."  British Journal of Medical Practitioners Volume 3, Number 2.  Read Article

24.  Young, Cathy, Myrna L. Armstrong, Alden E. Roberts, Inola Mello, and Elayne Angel.  2010.  "A triad of evidence for the care of women with genital piercings."  Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 22(2): 70-80.  Read Article

23.  Koch, Jerome R., Alden E. Roberts, Myrna L. Armstrong, and Donna C. Owen. 2010. "Body Art, Deviance, and American College Students." Social Science Journal  47(1): 151-161.    Read Article      Watch a Video news report of this stuudy.

22.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Jana C. Saunders, and Alden E. Roberts.  2009.  "Older Women and Cosmetic Tattooing Experiences."  Journal of Women and Aging 21:  186-197.  Read Article

21.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Alden E Roberts, Jana C. Saunders, Donna C. Owen, and Jerome R. Koch. 2009.  "Need for uniqueness in older women:  An exploratory look."     International Journal of Older People Nursing 4: 254-262.   Read Article  

20.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Scott DeBoer, and Frank Cetta.  2008.  "Infective Endocarditis After Body Art:  A Review of the Literature and Concerns."  Journal of Adolescent Health 43: 217-225.  Read Article

19.  Young, Cathy, and Myrna L. Armstrong.  2008.  "What Nurses Need to Know When Caring for Women with Genital Piercings."  2008.  AWHONN Lifelines.  12:130-138.  Read Article

18.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Alden E. Roberts, Jerome R. Koch, Jana C. Saunders, Donna C. Owen, and R. Rox Anderson. 2008. "Motivation for Contemporary Tattoo Removal: A Shift in Identity." Archives of Dermatology 144 (7): 879-884.    Read Article

17.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Jerome R. Koch, Jana C. Saunders, Alden E. Roberts, and Donna C. Owen. 2007. "The Hole Picture: Risks, Decision Making, Purpose, Regulations, and the Future of Body Piercing." Clinics in Dermatology. 25(4): 398-406.   Read Article

16.  Koch, Jerome R., Alden E. Roberts, Myrna L. Armstrong, and Donna C. Owen. 2007.  "Frequencies and relations of body piercing and sexual activity in college students." Psychological Reports.  101: 159-162.   Read Article

15.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Alden E. Roberts, Jerome R. Koch, Jana C. Saunders, and Donna C. Owen. 2007. "Investigating the Removal of Body Piercings." Clinical Nursing Research 16: 103-118.   Read Article

14.  Roberts, Alden E., Jerome R. Koch, Myrna L. Armstrong, and Donna C. Owen.  2006.  "Correlates of Tattoos and Reference Groups."  Psychological Reports.  99:  933-934    Read Article  

13.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Carol Caliendo, and Alden E. Roberts.  2006.  "Pregnancy, Lactation, and Intimate Body Piercings."  AHWONN Lifelines.  10(3): 212-217.  (Winner of the 2007 AHWONN Lifelines Writers Award).     Read Article

12.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Carol Caliendo, and Alden E. Roberts.  2006.  "Genital Piercings:  What is known and what people with genital piercings tell us."  Urologic Nursing.  26(3): 173-180.  Read Article

11.  Koch, Jerome R., Alden E. Roberts, Myrna L. Armstrong, and Donna C. Owen.  2005.  "College students, tattoos, and sexual activity."  Psychological Reports. 97: 887-890.   Read Article

10.  Armstrong, Myrna L.  2005.  "Tattooing, Body Piercing, and Permanent Cosmetics:  A Historical and Current View of State Regulations, with Continuing Concerns."  Journal of Environmental Health 8:38-43.  Read Article

9.  Koch, Jerome R., Alden E. Roberts, Julie Harms Cannon, Myrna L. Armstrong, and Donna C. Owen.  2005.    “College Students, Tattooing, and the Health Belief Model."  Sociological Spectrum 25: 79-102.  Read article

8.  Caliendo, Carol, Myrna L. Armstrong, and Alden E. Roberts.  2005.  “Self-reported Characteristics of Women and Men with Intimate Body Piercings.”  Journal of Advanced Nursing 49(5): 474-484.   Read Article

7.  Saunders, Jana C, and Myrna L Armstrong.  2005.  "Experiences and Influences of Women With Cosmetic Tattooing."  Dermatology Nursing 17(1): 23-31.    Read Article

6.  Koch, Jerome R., Alden E. Roberts, Myrna L. Armstrong, and Donna C. Owen. 2004. “Religious Belief and Practice in Attitudes Toward Individuals With Body Piercing." Psychological Reports 95: 583-586Read article 

5.  Koch, Jerome R., Alden E. Roberts, Myrna L. Armstrong, and Donna C. Owen.  2004.   “Correlations of religious belief and practice on college students’ tattoo-related behavior.”   Psychological Reports 94: 425-430   Read article

4.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Alden E. Roberts, Donna C. Owen, and Jerome R. Koch. 2004. “Toward Building a Composite of College Student Influences With Body Art."  Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing 27: 273-291.    Read Article.

3.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Donna C. Owen, Alden E. Roberts, and Jerome R. Koch. 2004. “Contemporary College Students and Body Piercing.” Journal of Adolescent Health 35: 58-61.  Read Article

2.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Donna C. Owen, Alden E. Roberts, and Jerome R. Koch. 2002. “College Students and Tattoos: The Influence of Image, Identity, Family, and Friends.” The Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 40(10): 20-29.   Read Article

1.  Armstrong, Myrna L., Donna C. Owen, Alden E. Roberts, and Jerome R. Koch. 2002.. “College Tattoos: More Than Skin Deep.” Dermatology Nursing 14(5): 317-323. (Winner of the 2002 Annual Dermatology Nurses Writers Award).  Read Article

About us:

 

  Myrna L. Armstrong, RN, Ed.D., FAAN  is Professor Emerita, Texas Tech University Health Sciences
  Center Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing.  Her research and published work with tattooing and body
  piercing have spanned almost 20 years; other research interests include web-based education and the impact of
  Need for Uniqueness regarding health care decisions.

 


 


  Jerome R. Koch, M.Div., Ph.D.
is Professor of Sociology at Texas Tech University. His research interests
  are related to the sociology of religion, medicine, and social deviance. Much of his published work involves
  studying the social correlates of body modification, the relationship between religion and health, and the outreach
  work of religious organizations.
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Donna C. Owen, RN, Ph.D., AOCN  is Professor of Nursing at the Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing,
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  Her research interests are related to health risks, communication,
dementia, and geriatric nursing.   Her research approach includes both qualitative and quantitative research methods
and includes exploration of body art and health risks.    

    

 

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 Alden E. Roberts, Ph.D.
, is Professor of Sociology at Texas Tech University.  His research interests are statistics
  and methodology, social psychology, and body modification.  He has also published works on mental health, refugees
  and international migration, and Native Americans.