Sorry if this is offensive, but I don’t know why anyone would let a scummy nasty-a*s biker or tattooed, drugged-out freak inject ink into my body, and have the idiotic notion to call it “art”.
I think the fact that people get tattoos because its a trend is so f’n pathetic and pavlovian. There was a girl this past semester who I was extremely interested in, but when I saw she had an ass-crack tattoo, my enthusisasm went down a notch or two.
Piercings are in this group too - though those aren’t permanent.
THat said here is my advice, from a tatto hater:
-I agree that if u get one, it must be SYMBOLIC and highly representative and meaningful to you. For example, joining the armed forces is understandable.
Having a lifelong commitment to a martial art might be another. Marking a great achievement, or overcoming a huge obstacle would be others. For example, say you become an elite athlete, or make a Div-1 team. Get the logo. iIt must be an achievement you will always be proud of.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t get one because the design “looks cool” to you. I’m sure you’ll regret it.
Ask yourself: what does this dragon mean to me?
-if you are white or light-skinned, stay the hell away from orange and green. They look hideous and orange esp is hard to see. A friend got one of a dragonfly, and I never once was able to figure out exactly what it looked like. As an example, there is a wrestler, the Big Show, who has a tiger on his shoulder. Good luck figuring that one out. Even when there are closeups of his shoulder you can’t make out what it is.
-stay away from chinese characters! By themselves they mean NOTHING! My friend once told me how much of a joke they are in the Chinese community, because one letter by itself doesn’t necessarily mean anything. It has to be read in context with other letters.
-if you are a musician, go for it. it looks cool on them, but at this rate having no tattoos and not using drugs will be cool.
- if you do get one, like others have said, make sure it is from the BEST, not from the “best” guy in your area. Travel somewhere if need be.
Another pro wrestling reference: the Rock traveled to Hawaii multiple times to get his done by the best traditional Samoan tatto artist. I know you prob can’t afford that, but you can learn from it.
BTW it is a Samoan tradition to have tattoos, like the Maori, and he’s 1/2 Samoan. THey represent their heritage and family tree I believe.
-Last piece of advice: get a henna tatto first and see if you like it.