I've always been intrigued by the concept of tattoo and expect I may one day break down and get a full on irezumi style one but many things hold me back:
- Stigma - I know the folks and suspect the employer wouldn't be terribly thrilled
- Persistence - will it still look good 60 years from now? Probably not and I doubt I'd want to go under the needle that late in life . . .which leads me to:
- Pain - I know it's really not that bad but needles kinda creep me out . . .
- Shifting Worldview - in the past year and a half my worldview has shifted drastically and seems the be always in flux. Alongside that my tastes are always refocusing elsewhere. If I get something done permanently then it had better hold some deep meaning and look awesome but since my perception of what looks awesome and my views change and I am sure always will . . .how will I know that what I value today won't make me retch in 60 years!?
- And the big one: PRICE! The style and size I'm interested in is outrageously expensive for someone of my means so even if I was dead set on getting it I'd have to wait.
Now, those little rubbery ones from when I was a kid look terrible and rub off oddly and are really only good for one thing . . . little kids! So a while back I decided that it'd be fun to draw with pen and sharpie on my hands and forearms. I got fairly proficient at it but it has drawbacks:
- Easy to smudge while working (though for shading that is useful)
- Hard to reach anywhere but select locations
- Not much possibility for super fine details since skin tends to move a lot while working
- Pens seem to dry out very fast.
- The skin gets kind of irritated while working.