I don't have any tattoos. Particularly in the summer, I feel like I'm in a tiny minority of people who don't have any tattoos.
Why don't I have tattoos?
75% attributed to there's nothing I care to put on my body permanently. Tattooing names on me seems akin to branding myself. Phrases? If I put them on myself, I'd have to contort my myself to read them. I don't have anything to say to others for them to read off my body. Let's not forget the time I was on jury duty that I read a tattoo phrase that used the wrong word, and then I wondered how many people had pointed that out to him. And pictures of roses, moons, suns, etc.--I really don't understand the purpose of these types of tattoos at all.
25% attributed to me thinking it would be tacky for me to do. For me to get to non-tacky, in my opinion, I'd have to do a good amount or they have to be really good. It becomes not just a tattoo, but more like body art. And that brings me back to the other 75%.
I know a mixed bag of those with tattoos and those who are not tattooed. I don't judge the tattooed, but I am intrigued about the story behind each tattoo and why they got each.
The pain isn't really a deterrent to me. I'm kind of a masochist with certain pain, and I think I'd cope just fine...although if it got infected, that's where I would get queasy.
I suppose we all have different ways to express ourselves. If something notable happened to me, I'd be far more likely to blog about it or take pictures (despite my lack of posting pictures on here, I actually take a lot of pictures) than want to tattoo my body. Far be it from me to judge other people's ways of expressing themselves. For me tattoos would be near the bottom of the list of ways I'd express myself.