Once upon a time, a few years ago now, I was having a quiet afternoon with a friend with a small amount of money in pocket and no ideas on how to keep us entertained for the afternoon. Suddenly my friend stumbled on an idea...
"Let's get your tongue pierced!" she said. Now, this is something I'd wanted to do for quite some time but had never really had the balls to do so, when she suggested it on a whim, I trusted her judgement and off we went to the piercing shop.
A short while later I was pierced and drooling and feeling very happy with myself. Years later I still have that piercing and, when I notice it's presence, I'm reminded of the moment we decided to go and get it done and that feeling always makes me smile.
For me, it wasn't about being pierced. It wasn't about the prestige or trying to impress people, or even to prove that I could do it. It was about having the experience at all, making that decision to do something and actually experiencing it for myself instead of being told about it by someone else and wistfully wondering "some day...".
That desire to experience things is what keeps me going and is as good as any raison d'être that I can think of and it's for this reason that I want to get a tattoo. Not because I think tattoos are beautiful, not because I think they're cool and certainly not because other people have done it so I should too. I want to be able to experience what it feels like and I want to have the opportunity to regret it or to be proud of what I've done.
And so I'm deciding what to get and making plans to get it done. If you have a tattoo(s), what made you get it and what made you choose the design you got?