I don’t think there is any big mystery here. Some people think tattoos look attractive or they like the idea of having a constant reminder of something important to them.
As for your comment on welfare moms getting tatted up…yes, sometimes poor people are poor because they have a pattern of very bad judgement about how to spend their money. However, I don’t think that’s a reflection on people who like tattoos.
Some of my coworkers are very well-educated professionals (physicians) and many of them have tattoos (often in inconspicuous places so that unless you knew them outside of work, as I do, you wouldn’t necessarily realize they have tats). They’re perfectly nice people. In the past tattoos may have implied deviance because of how socially unacceptable they were, but nowadays it is ridiculously mainstream and many very normal people have tats.
I have no tats, but there is on I regret not getting. When I was an Army draftee, I went downtown Augusta, Georgia, and there was a tattoo shop in the midst of the carnival like atmosphere. There I saw a Picasso sketch of a dove of peace. I’m still pissed at myself for not getting it.
I have somewhere around 80 square inches of my dermis inked. For those 80 inches I spent less than $200.
Prison tat prices. And art gallery results.
4 1/2 hours for my first tat, which circumscribes my left leg. $65, because that was the quote. It was in the back of a Harley shop in '97, but it’s still one of the best damn tats I’ve ever seen. And not just me, I get comments all the time. Dude could have charged me $400, and it would have been a deal.
$100 for the tat on my chest. It’s not just profound, it’s pretty.
Would you have a problem with those “single moms on government assistance” buying a television? A DVD player? A laptop? How about window treatments? Would you like to go shopping and make certain they buy bag cereal and not name brands? Better make sure they buy the store brand and not the top shelf!
Get over being tired. There is no “except.” It’s none of your goddamn business.
Even though I don’t have any tattoos myself (because I don’t like ANYTHING enough to want it permanently placed on my skin), I think it depends on the tattoo.
I think most people who get tattoos that are personally meaningful (like those people who get their kid’s name or footprint, a memorial to a dead loved one, etc.) will probably still like their tat even if it’s not fashionable anymore.
Enough people in the current young generation have tattoos that it will probably never look all that strange for someone from that generation to have a tattoo even if the rest of society moves on from the practice. After all, it’s not surprising to see tattoos on old military veterans even now because we all know that was the thing to do for them.
Still, I do wonder about what will happen to people who get tattoos referring to pop culture events when the pop culture reference becomes dated…or things like when I’ve seen young girls with HUGE chest piece tattoos. I even saw a young girl with some tats on her face recently.
Like anything else, some people show better taste/judgement about tats than other people do. Some people approach body art like a teenage girl in 2007 would approach designing a MySpace page (see what I mean about dated pop culture references? ) , but that doesn’t mean that all tattooed people are like that.
When I got my tattoo fifteen years ago, people were talking then about how everyone would regret doing it once the craze ended.
I don’t go through any mental gymnastics to “justify” my tattoo. When I got mine I’d just completed my first major project computer graphics project. I wanted something to commemorate the moment. So I got a tattoo of the Utah teapot on my shoulder. I didn’t get it to be fashionable or to impress people (let alone, people like you). I got it because it was personally meaningful to me. And I still like it as much the day I got it.
Some people worry a lot about being fashionable and about how other people dress and look. I think that’s kind of a superficial way to go through life.