Tattoos are a way of signifying the importance of the massage conveyed. People don’t carelessly put permanent markings on their skin just for kicks. All and any tattoos a person might have are there for a specific reason, and was well thought-out before any ink touched skin.
I have a dozen or so friends with tattoos, and over the time that I got to know them I learned about the tattoos that they had gotten. One tattoo that struck me as unique was a friend who got the date he became a Christian tattooed in roman numbers on his arm. He got that tattoo to remind himself of his dedication to his belief, a very brave and noble thing to do, in my mind. His whole body is covered in tattoos, though not all of them meant to be seen. In fact, he has his body covered to the point that some people will stare, and likely don’t approve of his choice to do that. But he is a great person, tattoos can’t be used as a judge of character, though it does unfortunately happen. Each and every one of his tattoos has a story that is meaningful and and important every day to him, and that is why he has them, regardless of what anyone else might think.
Another good tattoo story that comes to mind is a friend who has the outline of Ohio on his side-midriff. He got that tattoo because he loves Ohio, and because of his goofiness, no doubt. All of his tattoos are made to be visible and easily explained. Its not that tattoos are insignificant to him, but that they are a part of his character and tattoos help facilitate his notion of self.
Third, my very close friend from high-school wants to get his army draft number inked onto his calf, possibly along with his blood type, as an ironic gesture to show how much he feels significant to the government. His tattoo would be to show his sarcastic and pessimistic view of the world. So obviously his would also be meant to be visible and seen.
I too will probably get a tattoo someday, but not until I find something that I feel truly represents me and I could stand to live with it for the rest of my life. I want a tattoo that will be a constant reminder of what I care and stand for, so that every morning when I get up and look in the mirror I’ll see it and know. Anyways that’s the plan, and I suppose its much the same with everyone else I mentioned above. Having a tattoo is not suppost to mean you’re a badass, but that you stand for something, and you want to make sure that you remember.