Tattoos are a form of art and expression. Today you can't go a mile without seeing a tattoo parlor.
I have seven tattoos on different parts of my body that are fairly hidden so I won't make the mistake of a potential employer seeing them and me not getting a job because of it. I have two on my deltoids, two on the inside of my biceps, two on my chest, and one down my side. A lot of people say your side or neck hurts the worst of all places, but everybody's got a different tolerance of pain.
I got my second tattoo on my side because I thought it would look really cool to have a tattoo there, and to tell people that I have one there and then have them ask me how painful it was. Another reason was that some people in my family are not too fond of tattoos and only a handful of them know I have any.
The one down my side should have hurt the worst, but it didn't and here's why. A couple of years ago my friend was having his birthday at a tattoo parlor. Now this wasn't actually a tattoo party, which is when a group of friends get together and go get tattoos or a tattoo artist comes over to someone's house and gives tattoos. Ours was just a birthday party at a tattoo shop.
You're not supposed to drink any alcohol before you get a tattoo because it thins your blood and you tend to bleed more. But I was thinking about partying, and to take the edge off the pain, so I had couple of shots of E&J Brandy and was feeling pretty good.
I knew I was getting a tattoo and already had it picked out. My first tattoo was the letter E inside a flame, so I wanted to attribute my second one to my family since I'm very close to them. It says in Chinese, "My family is always with me." I wanted it to be legit; a friend I worked with had a foreign exchange student living with her and her husband, and he gave me the design.