What do you think of when picking your  tattoo?  Sentimental value?  Coolness factor?  Just like the way it feels? Shock value? Check out this dude who got a skull tattoo - on his face! No, it's not a sharpie, it's a real tattoo.  Meet 27 year old,  "Mad Dog" Deon.  This dude got a tattoo of a skull on his face and people are making a big deal out of it.  Watch this youtube video of him as he appeared on a U.K. talk show called, "The Jeremy Kyle Show".

Now, to me, getting ink is no big deal no matter what you get.  Tattoos are an art form and I have seen far more "out there" type tattoos than this dude.  I have tattoos, and many of my friends and family have tattoos.  It's just not that big of a deal as it used to be.  So this guy looks like a sharpie attacked him - it's HIS prerogative.  I'm pretty sure I would not get anything like that but, hey, to each is own right?

Does a tattoo define a person?

That question is open to debate and the real purpose of this blog.

I think it does not necessarily define a person as much as it tells a story and shows the personality of that person.   Tattoos define a belief. That's just how I feel about it.  Some people do it for the cool factor or shock value of it and don't really think about what they are doing.  They just want that attention. Others have a specific reason for getting one.

Tattoos have come a long way.  It used to be, that people who had tattoos were automatically looked down upon no matter what the tat was.  Today, all sorts of people are getting them.  From doctors and cops to school teachers and politicians, tattooing has  been  recognized as a true art form.

As I said, I have tattoos and many of my friends have them as well.  I will use one guy as an example that we all know and respect - Frank Pain.

I have known Pain for a long time and have seen the evolution of his ink progressing over the years.  The dude has some sweet ink!  I guarantee you,  though, that he has never gotten a tat just to get one.  Every single one of them have a meaning to him and none  of them have really changed him as a person.

Same with me. I have tattoos and I don't think mine define who I am. They are just an accent of my personality and  shows what I am into.

That's how it should be,  in my opinion.

Tattooing is an art form no matter how you spin it. Sometimes art can be shocking, beautiful, vulgar, angry, happy, sad  or any other emotion associated with human behavior. Bottom line, though, is that it is all art.  Sometimes people get them for stupid reasons, but you still can't fault them for wanting to do something to their body, since they do have that right.

What do you think about tattoos? Are you for them or against them? Whether or not you have tattoos or not is not a factor,  I just want to know what you think about them and do they define someone as a person or is it just simply an expression of that person?