(I mean no offense. But you can't say this is wrong.)
1. It's a work of art. On your body.
(I personally wouldn't get this. But damn that's pretty)
Everyone (almost) has a certain level of appreciation for art yeah? We've all seen that work that we thought 'I wouldn't mind having that on my wall.' Well, tattoos are kind of like that. They are works of art. Only permanent. And on your skin.
Yeah you generally want to be very careful in deciding what you want and making sure you won't hate it in a weeks time, but so long as you make a good choice in tattoo and artist, it can turn out amazing.
2. The attention
Yes, this can be a downside to tattoos, but if you like attention, then this is defintely a positive. If you have something interesting, something intricate, detailed or just nice to look at. People are going to want a closer look. They're going to ask you about it.
If you like attention. That's a positive.
3. Self esteem
I have friends who feel more comfortable dressing as the opposite gender and identifying as such. I have friends who wear collars and feel less themselves without the collar. I have friends who rely on their friends to feel good about themselves. Some like to brag about the amount of sex they get. I personally just like to pretend I'm an arrogant fuck.
There are others though, who feel they need tattoos. My mother has a number of tattoos, only one of which was spontaneous. She has a rose, a butterfly, yin yan, a celtic knife, a design that connects each tattoo on her back, and my brother and I's birthdays beneath a celtic knot.
Even though she already has all these, my mother has mentioned in passing, feeling the need to get another tattoo. She's planning on a dagger of some sort going up her arm.
Not to say my Mum has low self esteem, or self worth. She doesn't need to get the tattoo, but it is a case of lifting her self esteem.
Everyone has their methods. Gorgeous works of art on your skin just happens to be one.
4. Conversation starter
'So, weathers nice.'
'Yeah, so's that tattoo. Does it mean anything?'
'Oh yeah, I got it when...'
Hey, you know when you meet someone for the first time. You want to talk to them for whatever reason, but you don't know how to start. Then you spot something on their arm (or wherever) and you realise it's a tattoo. So what do you do? If you're an arse you'll walk off because you hate people with tattoos. But if you aren't judgmental like that, you'll ask them about it.
Bam. Instant conversation.
5. Just look at it
Really, I don't think I have to say anything here.
I mean, just look at them!
(love the little camel on the big toe)
I do not have a tattoo. I want one, eventually. Something to do with yin yan. But I don't have one yet. These are only my projected possible advantages to having a tattoo.
Check out the link at the top to see some disadvantages, and some absolute tattoo fails.
Dammit I love well done tattoos.
Warning though, for anyone planning on getting one.
Always always ask for examples of the artists past work. Ask for reviews. Ask for proof that those examples were done by them and when you decide they are the artist you want, ask for a sketch of what you want so you know what you're getting. If you don't like it. Tell them. This thing is going to be painful and permanent. Better to risk annoying them a little, then to be stuck with a horror on your body that you could have avoided.
Love life everyone.
Part 2: 5 Reasons NOT to Get a Tattoo