From getting and giving marker "tattoos" to sitting next to my friend while she got 5 black stars inked in different places on her body, tattoos are something I've always been interested in. I definitely plan on getting one, though I have no idea where or what. However, I know a lot of people (including my mom) who are very disproving of this idea and question why anyone would want to get something permanent on themselves.To be honest, it's mostly just because I can.
I think that tatoos are fine as long as you are smart about what you get and where you put them (so employers can't see them and would still be willing to hire you). I knew a girl who got "BITE ME" on the inside of her lip, even though it's not something that I would get, it was in a place that no one could see, at least she didn't get it on her hand or something.
Tattoos can have a lot of emotional significance or can just be there because the design is cool. Travis Barker (the drummer of Blink-182) covered his body with tattoos to force himself to pursue music because he knew that his career outlook would be pretty limited if he was covered head to toe in ink.
"I tattooed my body so I couldn't fall back on anything. I purposely did that so I couldn't get a normal job and live a normal life. I did it so I had to play music." Link.
I admire him for pushing himself to do what he knew he was capable of, and each tattoo he got helped him get to where he is today. A lot of things people worry about with tattoos is the regret, say 20 years from now. I think as long as you don't get something stupid (such as a boyfriends name), there's nothing to regret. Anyways if you really start to hate your tattoo there is laser tattoo removal which is extremely effective and there is only a 5% chance of scarring.