Stratman57 wrote:OK, probably going way off topic here, but why would anyone want to get tattooed?
... as I said to him, because I read a lot of crime fiction, why would you want any identifiable marks if you were to commit a crime?
Well, I suppose the sensible approach would be to make sure you've committed all the crimes you want to before you get your first tattoo ;)
As to the why and where of the things, it's an interesting point to ponder. Martin and I were discussing it earlier and as I see it it's much like any other aspect of one's life. People have different decor in their houses, they prefer different foods, different kinds of music, some folk are dog people, some like cats, others snakes and so on.
So to me it doesn't really bear much analysis. It's something that either works for you or doesn't :-)
I didn't get my first tattoo until I was in my late 40s but I had been wanting to for about 15 years. Given their all-but-permanence I didn't want to get something I'd change my mind about later, which isn't so much of a consideration for some people, but was important to me.
I'd hope that most people who have met me would agree that my tattoos suit my 'way of being' regardless of whether they actually like the designs or even tattoos as a concept in general.
One thing I can say with absolute certainty is that after all those years of thinking about it, and about 3 years after my first, being now half-way through my fourth large design (a second session being required to complete it) I am very happy with, and comfortable in, my own skin.
I guess that's as good a reason as any why people have been doing it for thousands of years!