Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Sometimes, I think about it...

I'm not sure what's more unnerving - that "blankies" like myself "who don't have tattoos" are increasingly becoming the exceptions, as the survey this article cites*, or that apparently I'm now too old to qualify as "rebellious youth", no longer falling into the 18-29 year old demographic. At least I can still count myself in the majority of the 18-50 year old "rebellious non-senior citizens", only 24 percent of them have tattoos.

Occasionally, I'll ponder the idea of getting a tattoo. Typically I go through these moments when a friend has gotten one or I see a tattoo on someone who I actually respect**. Thankfully, because of this these moments are few and far between I don't often seriously consider getting one. This is partially because I don't like being stabbed once, much less the thousands of needle pricks that are associated with tattooing. Second, no matter how cool the idea of your tattoo sounds, the reality frequently ends up looking like crap. For example somebody actually thought these looked good:






Yeah, I don't think I'm ever getting a tattoo.

Thanks to www.badtattoos.com for the...ahem..."inspirations".

* Stating that 36% of people aged 18-29 have tattoos
** Ian McKellen, for example

6 comments:

grrrbear said...

And, for the record, I added that black rectangle to the second picture. Nobody needs to see what was underneath...believe me.

J.Po said...

Perhaps you should have increased the size of the black rectangle. Eeeesh!

Sophist said...

Living with a tattoo for the rest of your life... yeah, that would be a tough decision! I guess I'd go w/ one like Ian McKellan's. Beckham's tattoos of his kids names all over his back look kind of cool, but maybe just because _he_ looks so damn good.

J.Bro said...

I just hope tattoo-removal technology advances enough over the next decade or two that the massive 15th-century sailing ship on my chest can be removed. I blame Spice and OleNelson for getting me so drunk I thought it was a good idea.

towwas said...

Yeah, I occasionally vaguely consider it, and then I think, what image could I possibly care enough about to have it with me for my entire life? And there's nothing.

miss shirley said...

I always think I want to get a tattoo because after all I am half samoan and tattooing is rooted in my culture, and then I try to figure out what to get, and then I realize I can't even settle on a restaurant for dinner and that making a permanent choice about art on my body might be an overly-ambitious decision and maybe I should just concentrate on a choosing a new nail polish and by the time I get there I have forgotten what I was trying to decide in the first place. Wait, what was I trying to decide?