I like tattoos. I don't have any myself. I have never wanted one. I don't think I trust myself to pick something that I would like forever. I can't get past the 'have it for life' or at least until you are willing to embrace the painful removal operation. But people do it all the time. More and more people it seems.
Tattoos are pop-cultural time markers. They can be chronologically dated. Like fashion and people's names. I mean, as easy as it is to place a Tracy, Kelly or Kylie as born in 1970s Australia, likewise with ink, its style can be a dead giveaway. Black rose, 1980s. Tribal design or Asian character, 1990s. Words/names & colour, the naughties.
And the where is as important as the what. Where on earth do you put a tattoo? All of the discrete body parts mean revealing your 'privates' to some dude in a tattoo parlour. All exposed parts mean it is on display all.the.time.
So do you go with the 'fadish locations' - the tramp stamp, the arm band, near your hip, on your wrist, on your ankle or foot - or the more hardcore - bicep, back, shoulder, calf, full or half sleeves? How do you pick where you want your tattoo to go?
I do like "OP"s. Other People's, that is. I admire a lovely arm displaying a Islander-inspired creation. I love a delicate and symbolic image on the shoulder blade. I am partial to a his 'n' hers combination when done tastefully. I even like watching a bit of Miami Ink on a slow night.
I embrace this form of body art that is migrating from the fringes of society to the mainstream. I like the individuality it gives people.
But I guess I just don't want one.
Do you have some ink? Where is it? What is it? And what was your inspiration?