Here's a really interesting article a friend just sent to me. Apparently, Richmond, Virginia, perceived by many to be a sleepy little Southern town, ranks Number 3 in the nation in number of tattoos per capita. That's more than L.A., more than Austin, Texas, and more than Portland, Oregon.
How in the heck is this related to real estate, you may ask? Well, I don't know how many of you are familiar with Richard Florida, author of "Rise of the Creative Class" and "Flight of the Creative Class". But tattoo parlors and the success of a city are positively correlated, according to his theory. And does anyone but me remember the Greater Richmond Chamber-commissioned study from about ten years ago, "The Young and the Restless," that dealt squarely with the creative class "flight" problem Richmond was perceived to have?
[NOTE: I've previously written about this report, in the context if a very similar, IMHO, "visioning" process conducted last year by HYPE, "Helping Young Professionals Engage." Here is that blog post. Back to THIS blog entry...]
More on the relationship between tattoos and success later. But for now, consider our ranking in the tattoo category to be really great news for the City of Richmond as a whole. [Although that does NOT mean my daughter will EVER be allowed to have one.....]