Yesterday, we took our boys to Six Flags over Georgia. Considering the fact that kids are out of school, the park was empty. We did not have to wait in any lines for any of the rides. In fact, we rode many of the rides more than once, without having to get off the ride. But this post isn’t about the rides or my boys.
People-watching is a hobby of mine. Before terrorism changed how we fly, I loved going to the airport and waiting at the gate for whomever we were picking up at the time. The people in the airport were always fun to watch. Perhaps more fun than watching people in the airport is watching people at Six Flags.
I had such a great time seeing all the different types of people. And one thing I noticed more than anything else was that many people – dare I say the majority of those I saw yesterday – had tattoos. In fact, I saw so many tattooed people that the non-tattooed people looked “naked” to me.
Please understand that I’m not anti-tattoos. Some of my best friends have tattoos. (*snort*) But, I will never – that is to say I have no plans to ever – get a tattoo.
Here are the top 10 reasons why I will never get a tattoo:
Once you have a tattoo, the tattoo is there – for better or worse, in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer, until death you do rot.
I like change. I rearrange the furniture in our house once every two months, at least. The thought of putting a picture on my body and never having the ability to move it or change it makes me anxious.
What if I realize the tattoo would look better from a different angle on my other arm? What then? Get another tattoo? But, what if I decide it really did look best where I had it done the first time? Nope. The whole “permanency” thing is one thing that keeps me from getting inked.
I’m not a huge fan of shots, but the pain caused by shots is quick and short-lived. The needlework that is done to get a tattoo is not something that is done quickly, and because the work is not done quickly, the pain is not short-lived. Plus, what if, once the needlework has started, you decide you want something else? What if you decide you wanted a different color? What if you decide you want it put somewhere else on your body?
Yeah, let me go back to my first reason, because it takes at least what – 15 minutes to get the simplest tattoo? Do you know how many times I change my mind in a span of 15 minutes? Shoot, do you know how many times I change my mind in a span of 2 minutes?
Once I see the start of a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food tattooed on my left arm, I will likely second guess myself and want to change it to a pint of Talenti Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip gelato. I mean, the color of the black raspberry flavor is prettier, the Talenti-used font is nicer, and there would be less needlework due to Talent’s simple design.
But then… then what happens when I give up ice cream? It could happen. Okay, it probably won’t happen, but it could happen. I mean, the pain experienced while getting the pint done might be enough to deter me from ice cream forever, as I could start associate ice cream to needle pricks. *shudder*
Forget it. I changed my mind. I no longer need to list 10 reasons why I won’t get a tattoo. Committing to something permanent while my mind continues to change is inconceivable. Besides, I am suddenly craving a pint of Talenti’s Mediterranean Mint gelato.