I used to say I never understood the people who got tattoos
but since South Carolina lifted the ban on tattoos, they became a LOT more prevalent & the people who I wouldn't thought would have them, have them. I've changed my attitude to I don't understand the motivation behind getting them
There's not a single drawing, design, person, character, word, phrase or anything I like so
much I would want it on my body forever.
I'm a die hard fan of Seth MacFarlane and all of his work but I can't conceive of getting anything from his portfolio tattooed on me.
I get they're not all necessarily meant for the general public to understand or appreciate (perhaps very few are) but at the same time they're occasionally put in places (depending on the clothing choice of the day) for all eyes to see, so some are clearly meant for the general public to view.
I can understand the tattoos honoring military service or the birth or death of a loved one but when you see (as I have) a lone grenade on someone's arm or a line of random dots or the entire Green Lantern creed complete with symbol along with The Flash's lightning bolt, or the outline of Pennsylvania it forces the question of... Why? Why does someone feel compelled to have that on them for all to see.
Now the obvious answers are, the person was from Pennsylvania, which she was & the guy really likes Green Lantern which I assumed. I don't have a theory for the grenade or dots though, but I just don't understand why get them permanently marked on the body.
If I loved my home state of Pennsylvania so much or The Green Lantern meant so much to me I'd buy a poster of both, get them professionally framed and have them hanging on the wall.
I have seen (over the web mostly) some fantastic pieces, full back or full sleeves, that really could be framed, so I totally appreciate the good ones from an artistic view.
Naturally the flip side are the examples of ugly, misspelled, must-have-been-high-drunk-or-mentally-impaired tattoos that make one pray the Mayans are right about December 21st.
The only tattoo I could possibly see getting would be if I went senile and was prone to wandering, I would tattoo my home address & phone number so I could make it home.