Most Helpful Guy
Some do, some don't, it really depends on the person. I put a good deal of thought into my tattoos, in the sense that I wanted them to have meaning especially for me. My first tattoo, was a parchment shield with the Asian characters of strength, love and wisdom on them. These are three things I believe are important to me, the Asian characters are chosen because they can say a great deal with very little information and the parchment shield represents both protection and longevity, in that I wanted these images and their meaning to endure, my second tattoo is the Asian character for honor, this is on a parchment scroll and bordering the scroll is the definition of honor, dignity, integrity and sanctity all written in old English sort of script, the Asian characters were chose for the same reasons as before, as was the parchment scroll, the definition was put in place because if you take the time to read it, it will make sense, additionally the symbol for honor I chose is that for personal honor as opposed to honor of the bushido, I make this distinction because I got the tattoo because I believe honor is important, and I didn't want it to be likened with me wanting to fight, because I don't like fighting.
Most Helpful Girl
To require tattoos to have a meaning is super pretentious. I like to pick bedspreads that are cute, and that's it. I like wearing cute clothes, and that's it. Something can be cosmetic for the purpose of fun without being surface-level.
I mean really, is there a meaning behind why you like your favorite television show? Or a makeup look? Your clothes? No. You just like it. So if you like unicorns, get a unicorn. It'd be fun to make up a meaning when someone asks. "What does that tattoo mean to you?" "Well, my grandpa was a unicorn and he died last year, so..."