I like to reward myself with tattoos. I only get them when I feel like I deserve them. In fact, I recently cancelled an appointment because I had gained weight and didn't feel like I earned the ink.
I have four, all with some type of meaning. On my left shoulder is my cousin's name, we lost her to suicide.
On the right shoulder is a tattoo I got with my mom. Mine says "I'll love you forever" and hers says "I'll like you for always." It's from a book she read to me when I was little.
Then on my ribs, I have two. They were gotten at two different times in my life by two different artists, so even though they're close to each other, I consider them two distinct tattoos. I have an Ernest Hemingway quote with his signature. "The world breaks everyone and afterward, many are strong at the broken place."
Under that, I have some daisies that were designed to look more weed-like than pretty. Overgrown.
I love the pain from tattoos (healthier than cutting, I suppose) and I love the idea of permanently staining my body.
Do you have any tattoos? What's your reason?