Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A New Tattoo

I've always been intrigued by tattoos. I like to look at them on other people and it always brings out my curiosity... What does the tattoo mean? Why did the person choose it? Do they still like it? I have mixed feelings about them. I don't care either way if somebody has a tattoo, but sometimes they choose the weirdest things. I wonder why on Earth they would choose that particular tattoo to have on them for the rest of their lives. Other times I see the tattoo and think it's such a cool idea. Or that it's really beautiful. I've watched t.v. shows about tattoo shops and I'm amazed at the things they can draw.

I don't think I would ever get a tattoo. Mainly because there's nothing that means enough to me to get it tattooed on me forever. And at the rate I change my hair, I think I'd get sick of it really fast and wish I'd never gotten it. Or I'd get the tattoo done and see something the next day I wish I'd gotten instead.

It always amazes me how many people get the same tattoo. The "tribal band" around the bicep, the Chinese or Japanese character for Peace or whatever, a koi fish, a fairy or butterfly on the ankle, etc. You'd think people would want something more original. I don't know that this is any more original than those other tattoos, but I've chosen something I think would be kind of cool if I ever wanted to get one. I like the thought of getting a mayfly. Just a small one... maybe the same size as a large life-size mayfly. I'm not really sure where I'd put it. Maybe on my side or somewhere on my back. Or if I put it on my butt it would grow as I got older. And I think it would take longer for it to get wrinkly there than on my arm or something. Anyway, I think a mayfly would be cool because it ties in with the whole fishing thing, but it's not as common as getting an actual fish. Plus it's pretty.

Do you have any tattoos? What do you have? What does it mean? If you don't have any would you ever get one? What would it be? 


Nick Wheeler said...

No tattoos here. I've thought about it, but I've the same problem as you. I change my mind too much. :)

heidi said...

I think the mayfly would be a pretty, unique tattoo. But I'm SO with you about the whole, if-I-change-my-hair-every-few-months, how-can-I-get-a-TATTOO?! dilemma.

My little brother has a salmon tattoo on his chest. He also used to have nipple rings, but took them out when he got the tattoo 'cuz the rings seemed too much like hooks. :D

Karen said...

Yet another reason why I couldn't get a fish tattoo... ;D

Paul said...

My problem is not changing my mind too frequently - I think I could come up with something that I'd like for a long time - but that I can always think of better things to drop a couple hundred dollars on. Like food. Or bike stuff. Or a vacation.

heidi said...

Karen--You're awesome.

Rachel said...

I want Abe to get a tattoo of me, fully nude, on his butt. Then, when he's all old and incontinent, Soren and Liam will be changing his diapers and be all, "Aw, what? Dad had a tattoo? What is this? Is that.... no, it couldn't be....oh my gosh...I think I'm going to throw up....it's MOM!"

Also, whenever I think about tattooes I remember how, in "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" by Louis Sachar, a kid spent weeks deciding what to get as a tattoo and finally settled on a small picture of a potato.