Apart from finding out the main reasons for which the individuals get tattoos, this research also examines the way individuals obtain information about tattoos with mobile apps. The findings also include the way communication is carried out in mobile apps with respect to the tattoos. This research shows illustrative results, even though they are mixed to some extent and introductory. Although spending time with mobile apps for tattoos can be looked upon in a negative way by some people, it did not seem that the user of app have done it in a completely different way than they had been doing in their real life to manage tattoos. Goldsborough (2009) have found details of some components that are specific to managing the mobile apps for the self: status updates, connection with other individual profiles, description, and profile pictures. In this study, the participants have certain references with respect to the use of mobile apps that are similar to the one described above.
The information shared through mobile apps about tattoos is a relatively new concept. The communication can also be carried out through apps including written text and photographs. Lee argued, “Me like….you know….when I first get it, I would like to show it off…..yeah, that is what would like to do. I would like to show in the profile picture that […] here’s my tattoo.” Kathy said, “I am pretty excited […] looks like, it will be great app. I am already asking myself….like….when I am going to get it. I have to see it quickly.” Melisa echoed the same thing, “it is almost like getting a new car. It is something to show off”. Sandy, however, was circumspect, “Part of me is excited…..but I have to use it properly…..you know”.
The involvement of the individuals, information and option of interaction can be varying. Individuals can access the textual information that can shape the specific narratives. The pictures can also be posted in the app. The self commentary can be done with the pictures. The involvement with the information options can be operated on privacy/publicness dialectic. The privacy can be ensured with individuals choosing not to react or not posting any information related to tattoo. Alternately, the users of the app can be involved in interaction or may share with distinction that is between the real life and the mobile app. Emily said, “On the app, I would be like, ‘oh, it’s really cool’, I don’t feel the user of the app will have more reaction to it.”