It never fails. The other day I see a some girl I know showing her friends the new ink she got on the back of her neck. She just HAS to show everyone, so I too get a glance at the highly visible, pink-heart embellished design. Yeah, it was one of ‘those’ tattoos.
Worse yet, every other girl interjects with a story about the design she’s getting in two weeks that includes a butterfly, dolphin, fish, or rainbow stars. I can’t judge what these mean for every single person, but I can’t help but think that there’s not a lot of depth behind them.
Every one of these girls is 18-20, and is probably paying for the tat with daddy’s cash. It’s not just the young girls either. Every other 20 something guy I know has a nautical star or decorative cross somewhere on their body. Whenever the subject of tattoos comes up, I have to hear someone say, word for word, ‘yeah I’m definitely getting a tattoo, but I don’t know where or what it’ll be.’ I wish I was kidding.
You can do whatever you want with your body, but I can’t understand why people take getting ink so lightly. I’ve met very few tattooed people that had no regret whatsoever for getting their designs. Even those I know as young as 20 regret what they got done as little as a year before.
Still, tattoos fascinate me, and I think good ones (however you want to define that) are great. However, I don’t really ever see good tattoos. I see a lot of what I cynically view as meaningless, regretful stuff done in the pursuit of a fashion statement.
To those that do have tattoos, what are they, why did you get them, and do you have any regret of them? Would you get them again? I can never ask people I know these things because I respect that they might be too personal, or they regret getting them and don’t want to discuss them.