An oldie, but a goodie.
Wait. Which part?
I definitely don’t get tattooed so that people will find me attractive, no.
I definitely do get tattooed, though, for the other reasons listed. They serve as a sort of timeline. I love that.
There are a lot of tattoos that I’ve got, now, that I certainly wouldn’t get again. Oftentimes I wish I had more available space, for new things, etc. But I think that’s part of having tattoos. People talk about fear of regret, or whatever, but that’s an insular way of looking at things. They take you back to people and places and things you thought about the world, or things that were important to you, and maybe they aren’t anymore, but it doesn’t take away from the value of the tattoo. Some of the greatest, most cherished memories of my entire life exist around tattoos in one way or another. Just because I don’t still believe that Further Seems Forever is the greatest band ever, doesn’t mean that I regret tattooing lyrics from one of the songs on me ten years ago, when I might have. I remember, then, what life was like then. And there’s a kind of value in those memories, I think.
Of course, I think they are aesthetically pleasing, as well. And, at least in this day and age, they are still (sadly) a bit taboo, and I think the incendiary parts of me enjoy stirring that pot, some. I don’t know. I like tattoos for the same (largely difficult to put into words) reasons that people like any other artform.
This is a terrible answer to your question(s).
Scoring hot babes, duh.
(Also I think they are nice. And they remind me of where I’ve been, and how far I’ve come, and also of things that I find pretty.
Mostly the hot babes, though.)
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