For some reason, tattoos have been on my mind lately. No, I'm not thinking of getting one....I think some of them are nice but I am way too capricious to commit to one and I don't think it is necessarily "me". I guess what is on my mind is how they are so commonplace today and how the social implications of having one has changed so much in my lifetime. As a child, I don't remember seeing as many and, when I did, it was much more of a male thing or a biker/military connotation. Also, it seemed to carry more of a social stigma to have one in a visible place. Now, it seems that most people have one and it does not carry a negative association to have one showing. Even in my profession(teaching), which is pretty conservative, several teachers have ankle ones visible and one male teacher has a full sleeve. I find some of them so beautiful but I definitely opt for the smaller ones as opposed to really large, in-your-face ones. I find Nicole Richie's angel wings adorable and I like how small they are and delicate looking. I tend to dislike mentions of significant other's names or faces---aren't you just tempting fate? I think tattoos in other languages can be interesting but be sure you know what it says. Didn't Britney get one in Hebrew or Arabic that was supposed to be some really profound saying but it actually meant "strange"? What are your thoughts? Would you get one if you don't have one? What would be special enough to commit your body to this for life?