Personally having a tattoo is not something I have ever wanted. Having said that I have had pretty henna decorative tattoo's on my ankles, feet and wrists occasionally; right now I have a kit sitting next to me so I can do some on my feet this summer. The big difference being they are subtle and fade away within 2 weeks.
Certainly in the UK when I was a teenager or in my twenties, a tattoo was viewed as a very lower class thing to have done. But these days with all the major celebrities going in for it, the kids think it is so cool to have a tattoo. I have even had 4th graders tell me they'd like a tattoo for Christmas!! I really find that very scary and also think they are too young to fully understand the longterm ramifications.
Some people have maybe one tattoo in an area they can easily cover if needed, this is their choice and if you are going to have one, at least it's somewhere it can be hidden. Because I still believe even if they won't admit it in public, many people will make a certain judgement on someone if they see a tattoo. I know when I was responsible for recruitment as an HR Manager, I would have been put off if someone had shown to an interview with a visible tattoo. I am also very uncomfortable with tattoo's of naked busty women on men, and I am generally very openminded and not easily shocked. I wonder how these men would feel, if they had to stand next to a woman with a picture of a naked male private part on her!
I always cringe when I see some female star cruising elegantly down a red carpet in a beautiful gown, displaying tattoo's down her arms or across her back or neck - how can she think that's a classy look!?
But more than anything, I often wonder if they ever consider what they are going to look like in 30/40 years pushing a walker, with badly sagging and wrinkled tattoo's all over them! They seem to forget a tattoo is for life not just until it goes out of fashion. That's when I usually get the giggles as I look at some buff, toned celebrity torso covered in tattoo's....I think the rest of us will be the ones having the last laugh at their expense one day in the future!