Gosh there are some awful tattoos out there. Simba from the Lion King/the Nike logo anyone? But, on the other hand, I think a small, discreet, meaningful tattoo can be the epitome of cool.
I personally have never been tempted to get a tattoo. When my friends were getting Chinese symbols/dolphins/yin yang signs inked onto the bottom of their backs in the nineties I couldn’t get the old ‘but what will that tattoo look like when you’re old and wrinkly’ advice out of my head. Plus, I’m terrified of needles.
Rich is someone who should possibly have heeded that advice. He got his tattoo (his surname, in celtic font, at the top of his back) when he was 18. It’s nearly as bad as a Simba, and his mum cried when she found out about it. I found it hilarious when I first saw it, but these days I don’t even notice it. Apparently it was a spur-of-the-moment thing and his one regret. The only time I’ve ever seen him embarrassed was when we went away with some of his colleagues and he was considering not getting into the swimming pool because he didn’t want to expose his tattoo. (I’ve not yet told him that it’s sometimes visible through a white shirt)…
Small Tattoo Inspiration
As you’ve probably gathered, the likelihood of me getting a tattoo any time soon is very slim. (Unless I did a Helen Mirren and ended up blind drunk). HOWEVER, if I were ever to get inked, I’d be taking inspiration from some of the tiny, tasteful tats from the following gallery.
Have you got a small tattoo, or any tattoo(s) for that matter? How old were you when you got yours and do you regret it? Was it a spur of the moment thing, or did you think long and hard about what to have and where?
Anyone else reduce their parents to tears? Or maybe your parents are still none the wiser?!