Have you ever met anyone who had a "just for fun tattoo?" That is, a tattoo that seemed random, comical or just cute?
This last category fits most anyone who didn't see their own reasons to tattoo outlined in categories 1 – 9.
Plenty of people pop into tattoo shops on a whim or a dare, pick out a cool or funny design from the wall, and hopefully learn to like something they really didn't consider before walking through that door.
That's not to say that it's a bad thing, necessarily...some people just want to find some comical, stylish or beautiful art and sport the ink, with no deep reasoning behind it.
If that's who you are, by all means go have some fun!
“Believe it or not, some of us have piercings and tattoos and dye our hair because we think it looks pretty, not for any deep sociological reason. This isn't an act of protest against cultural or social repression. It's not a grand, deliberately defiant gesture against capitalists or feminists or any other social group...I just do it because I think it looks nice. Disappointed?”
~ Alex Bell, The Ninth Circle
On the other hand, this is also the danger-zone for haplessly getting inked with Tattoo Flash that is as unoriginal as it gets.
Some peeps are okay with getting a very common design…why not? That could be an indication of a carefree, happy-go-lucky attitude. Not always such a bad thing, really.
But it's worth noting: A FUN tattoo doesn't have to be a COMMON tattoo!
Of course, there is a potential downside to the “Hey, wanna do something crazy?” attitude. It won’t come as a surprise to find that the peeps who get inked for these reasons (or lack of reason?) are the SECOND most likely group to look for a future cover or laser removal.
(As pointed out on my "How to Avoid Bad Tattoos" page, failed relationships are the NUMBER ONE reason for peeps to seek a cover or laser removal).
Think about it – doing something on a whim doesn’t usually involve anything that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Impulsively buying a new dress or wristwatch might hit you in the wallet for the short term, but it won’t have much of an impact on your life a year from now…or 10 years…or 20.
As I've mentioned throughout this website, getting ink is a long-term commitment that should be considered carefully. And what's "fun" today might not seems so hilarious when you're 50. When I think back to my teens and early 20s, I cringe to think of the ink I might have gotten back then (and would have to live with now!).