If we were to get a tattoo of a specific car model, we’d probably go for a sports car of some sort, like a Chevrolet Corvette or a Camaro. A recent study conducted by the research experts over at Comparethemarket.com found that the most commonly tattooed car model is something a bit more routine than those iconic American performance cars, however.
The study analyzed the number of Instagram posts that were tagged with a specific car model followed by the word tattoo to determine the most popular car tattoos. Researchers found 823 separate posts showing tattoos of various different Chevrolet Impala models on users’ bodies, making it the most popular vehicle to get inked. The DMC DeLorean, made famous by its starring role in the 1980s film Back to the Future, was second at 800 Instagram posts. The Corvette was far behind first and second with only 180 Instagram posts.
“Looking at the specific models that we’re most likely to have inked, there were three clear standouts,” Comparethemarket.com said. “As well as two iconic Chevy models, the Impala and the Corvette, there were many examples of tattoos featuring the DMC DeLorean, which is of course known for appearing in Back to the Future.”
While the Impala may seem like an odd choice for a tattoo at first, its significance to the lowrider community likely plays a major role in it being a popular tattoo. The example image from Instagram provided by Comparethemarket.com shows a tattoo of a 1964 Impala with hydraulics and wire wheels emblazoned against a west coast-themed backdrop featuring skyscrapers and palm trees.
The same study also analyzed the most popular car brand tattoos. Volkswagen was by far the most common car brand tattoo at 5,507 Instagram posts, followed by Jeep in second with 2,139 posts and Cadillac in third with 1,775 posts.