As you can see by the tattoo images I compiled together above, I personally like tattoos that are just black with a good balance of "white space", are geometric, sometimes abstracted, and have cool graphics that remind me of old botany books and occult mysterious symbols (I'm a little bit obsessed with researching Free Masonry.) The thing is, with the tattoos that I am really drawn to, I have yet to find ways of attaching much meaning to the images I like. And facts are, I enjoy experimenting with new trends because of their impermanence. Trends are fun and flighty, but I would never tattoo a trend onto my bod. I don't want to follow a random design/graphic/illustration trend whim, slap it up on my body in tattoo form, and then want to punch myself in the face for that bad decision making 6 months later. I guess if I got a tattoo, it would have to have some sort of meaning that could be cherished for the all the years ahead.
I am the sort of person who is very very serious about decision making and planning, and the idea of getting a tattoo kind of freaks me out simply because of it's permanence. Chances are, I probably wont get a tattoo ever either because I'll never decide on what I want and/or I'll never decide on where I want it. Or I might be like my dad and start getting tattoos in my mid fifties. He has always thought tattoos were really cool but he decided to wait until he was in his fifties so that they wouldn't have time to get super duper blurry before he died ( Watch out Dad, you're going to live till your 105 just because your skin wants to spite you in your bet against death and you'll be old and wrinkly and one big tattoo blur.) But on a more serious note, my Dad also knew for himself at least that when he reached his fifties, his tattoos would probably end up containing a lot more meaning for him than if he had gotten them at a younger age. I bet my dad will keep accumulating tattoos until he kicks the bucket one day because the dude loves them so much and he is one of those people who actually enjoys the feeling of getting tattooed. Every so often my dad will text me with a photo of a fresh new tattoo saying, "oh hey, I got a new tattoo today." He doesn't even prep anyone, he just does it. Who is that guy. Dad, I love you :)
Anyway, I compiled all of those rad tattoo images with the intention of just writing a quick post saying, "These tattoos are my style. I dig them." But look where I am now, 4 paragraphs later. I also wanted to mention that in college, most of my best friends had at least 1 tattoo each, so for me, being un-tattooed felt more unique than being tattooed. This is what happens when you are a 20 something living in the Northwest. Can I get an amen? Ok, but still, the images above do make me daydream abut getting a tattoo that somehow incorporates cool free masonry symbols, botany textbook illustration, cool mountain-like squiggly lines, some graphics taken from Harry Potter, geometric shapes aka mostly triangles and squares, a block of some sort of text that is meaningful to me...and on and on and on...cool things/no girly ish/nerd stuff/lines. See more tattoos I dig here.
Do you have a tattoo or multiple tattoos? What inspired you to get a tattoo? And if you don't have one, do you dream of getting one ever?
p.s. My middle sister almost got the word "panda" tattooed on the inside of her bottom lip. Actually, I think she might still be considering it. Zandra panda, you are the silliest. Do whatcha wanna do girl.