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