I have been thinking and researching about the different reasons why people get tattoos today. I interviewed someone I know who has quite a few tattoos, to get some perspective on the matter.
Interview of Taylor Schnell:
When did you get your first tattoo: a week after my 18th birthday
Why did you want to get a tattoo: because I could, because I always wanted one, and I think they look cool.
Why did you get another one: I just like the way they look. They look better than plain skin. They make people look more interesting in general. I just like tattoos so I get tattooed. I like the way it looks.
How many tattoos do you have now: 4 (and now I'm 24)
What tattoos do you have: an Egyptian ankh on my right shoulder, a nautical star on my left upper peck area, a skier pinup girl that takes up my entire right side from my armpit to my hip, and a leg sleeve of underwater scene on my left leg.
Do you want to get more tattoos: Yes. I already have my next one in mind.
Would you cover your whole body if you could: No, I think that's a bit too extreme.
Why do you think other people tattooed: I have no idea. But lots of people get tattoos for dumb reasons. I think it's stupid when people get tattoos because they are incredibly meaningful (the tattoos). I think the sob stories are boring. If you're going to get a tattoo, get it for yourself, not because someone you know has died and you want to get it to remember them.
Do you think other people influence your tattoos: Yes, kindof...I don't really know. I choose the content of them for me because I want to get that tattoo, but those close to me usually give me their opinions.
Here are photos of Taylor's tattoos: