Being tattoed does not mean that you are either conforming or rebelling.
It is a deeply personal matter.
It is simply a way of remembering something in a meaningful way.
However, being "inked" is addictive and tattoos can have negative effects.
Likewise, soldiers/firemen/police officers etc. would have deceased peers' names tatto'd on themselves out of respect.
There is a very high number of men in these professions with 9/11 tattoos.
'ink permanently implanted under the skin
Tattooing is a process by which pigment (ink) is permanently deposited (implanted) under the skin (well, into the non-exfoliating layers of skin).
We have archeological records of tattooing going well into pre-history (the tattooed iceman dates at 3300 BC). The word itself sources from "tattau", a Tahitian word which translates essentially as "to mark".' -Shannon Larratt
nowadays, there are technology to remove the tattoo such as a laser. thus, meaning the tattoo is a tattoo till is removed.
Sensible Newly Inked Person: I got a new tattoo, it's my grandfathers name. He taught me so much, and I want to show everybody that he is always with me.
Retarded Wannabe Rebelious Teenager: Check out this Japanese character I got tattooed on my shoulder! Now all the chicks will think I'm cool, and all the jocks/preps/rednecks will quit making fun of me!
Some tattoos are indeed stupid. Usually done by scratchers who will ink things onto teenagers who are too young to realize what they're doing, or people who really don't grasp the concept of a what a tattoo is and the reality of forever.
A well thought out quality tattoo means something to their wearer and is done by a professional. They can be very beautiful and personal at the same time.
Sleazy Tattoo Artist: How about a butterfly on your hip?
Teenage Girl: Its like you read my mind!