Why Get a Tattoo?

We've all seen tattoos of various designs, styles, sizes,
shapes and colors. Aside from the fact that tattoos can be
removed by lasers, surgery and other methods, they are
quite permanent. Most people have very specific reasons
for these lifelong marks and some even have stories behind
each one.

One simple reason for a typical tattoo is just for looks.
The tattoo may be one that resembles one seen on a
celebrity. It may also be a design that is simply pleasing
to the eye. Perhaps the tattoo has bright colors or neat
shapes that attract the eye. Aesthetics are one common
reason for many tattoos.

Another reason why one might get a tattoo is as a
memorial. Friends and family who have passed away are
often memorialized through tattoos. These memorials are
also often created in the memory of a particular
celebrity. These might be designed with flowers, crosses
or other shapes and dates of birth and death. They might
include special sayings that were important to the
deceased. They may also involve complicated tattoos that
are copied off an actual photograph.

Children and relationships are a popular reason for
getting a tattoo. Millions will have tattoos designed
incorporating a child's, spouse's or partner's name.
Typically these will be accompanied by other designs such
as flowers, butterflies, shapes and even likenesses.
Hearts, stars and script letters are often found on spouse
or partner name tattoos.

Many people will have tattoos designed to commemorate
special events experienced during their lifetimes.
Achievements, difficult times and other special events are
often displayed as a lifetime reminder of an important
time in one's life.

Tattoos also represent spiritual status for many cultures.
They can also be a symbol for social ranking. Some social
groups are known for specific tattoos which would require
a member to receive the same. Others are known for having
tattoos in general, regardless of their designs.

Expressing individuality and personality are often the
most common reasons for getting a tattoo. If a person
likes butterflies, they might get a single tattoo or
multiple tattoos flaunting butterflies. If another enjoys
a particular field in which they are employed, they might
have tattoos representing what they do for a living.

There are other ways to look at expressing individuality
through tattoos, however. Many tattoos are designed to
reflect heritage. Ancient symbols that are associated with
the history of many cultures are often displayed on those
who are of a particular culture's decent. For example,
someone of Irish decent may choose a tattoo depicting the
Claddaugh design while another of Egyptian decent might
prefer one similar to ancient ancestors. On the other
hand, many choose designs resembling certain cultures
simply for aesthetics.

Regardless of where you want to have your tattoo applied
on the body or where you have the procedure done, it's
important to comprehend why you really want the tattoo.
Tattoos are permanent. Having a tattoo created for the
right reasons, and reasons that are truly important to you
will help increase the enjoyment of the design for years
to come.