I'm against them!
I dislike tattoos, I have always disliked tattoos. Living in Barcelona really turned me off them as every other person seems to have one.
I think tats are really ugly. That's just my personal opinion, but sometimes I can get my head around the thought that someone might get one done that REALLY REALLY means something to them. However I reserve my outright disgust for those tats that mean nothing at all to the person wearing them. I think celtic bands look ridiculous, I think designs on the base of the spines are common and completely unoriginal and I super hated all those tattoos everyone got around their belly buttons years ago. Bleaugh. A friend of mine had one done, then she got pregnant a few years later, you don't even want to know what her 'Eastern Sun' looks like now. Tattoos that cover the whole arm like sleeves are gross, and if you get a tattoo on your neck or hands...well, you're an idiot.
I don't like to see ink on anyone, men and women alike, but I especially hate to see ink on teenagers. I also think tattoo parlours shouldn't tattoo anyone under the age of 21. Teenagers are notorious for changing their minds every other week. Witness the Little Goth Kid, now more The Little Sk8tor Kid, next week she might be The Little Emo Kid, who can say.
Yesterday on a 15 to Rathmines two boys got on the bus as Ternure. Both wore sleeveless tops-despite the rain- both had near identical MASSIVE tattoos of squiggly crap all over their pale under developed deltoids. These young lads can't have been any more that sixteen or seventeen.
If I was their mother I would be most unhappy.
Many many years ago I worked with a gal who was covered in tats- including two on her upper breasts. She had gotten them done as a youth and was in the process of getting them removed when I met her. Man the pain that girl went through, and the bloody expense. But that's the thing about tats, it's not like a piercing where you can just remove the offending article should you change your mind. It's not like getting a dramatic haircut or dye job that you can alter. It's pretty permanent unless you are willing to go through the discomfort and cost of having then removed.
Tattoos, I'm against them!! (but do what you want)